"Global Village Coffeehouse" aesthetics: C/D?

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Inspired by the discussion of the latest Vampire Weekend album cover

This covers the late 80's - early 90's aesthetics combining vague ethnic signifiers with rudimentary computer graphic design tools.

I think even at the time this looked really ugly, but there's definitely something about its cheesy coziness that makes it ripe for nostalgia.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 11 March 2019 09:10 (one year ago) link

vague ethnic signifiers are a dud but rudimentary computer graphic design tools are absolutely classic

ufo, Monday, 11 March 2019 09:23 (one year ago) link

It feels SO familiar... yet I can't find the cover it reminds me of !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 11 March 2019 09:37 (one year ago) link

I was just about to say "oh of course it looks like..." but all the LPs I'm looking at aren't it. It's a big LP from the early 90s, and I've seen it many times before.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 11 March 2019 10:15 (one year ago) link

ILX's collective intelligence will find the answer to this frustrating quest !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 11 March 2019 10:19 (one year ago) link

The orange stripe down the side and the circular type is giving me Neville Brody style top notes.

MaresNest, Monday, 11 March 2019 12:21 (one year ago) link

I was just about to say "oh of course it looks like..." but all the LPs I'm looking at aren't it. It's a big LP from the early 90s, and I've seen it many times before.

THIS EXACT SAME THING happened to me. I thought it was a Jesus Jones or Ned's Atomic Dustbin cover and it wasn't but it was something LIKE that.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 12:31 (one year ago) link

Maybe it was just a t-shirt? I'm picturing a design on a shirt (maybe it was a record too though).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 March 2019 12:39 (one year ago) link

I was thinking of this but not sure it fits the bill ... the music, though

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PlanetDrumCD.jpg

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 11 March 2019 13:49 (one year ago) link

Made me think of the Nation Records logo (y'know, Transglobal Underground and that crowd), maybe a comp on that label, but it's not all that similar really.

*there's (Noel Emits), Monday, 11 March 2019 13:53 (one year ago) link

I'd swear the earth globe is some 90s clipart.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 March 2019 13:58 (one year ago) link

Not mad on Bride Father of The as a title tbh.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:15 (one year ago) link

I used to go to this coffee shop a lot, the name definitely fits here but the graphics are a bit more late 90s cheesy:

http://polarbearhockey.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/oneworldcafe.jpg

joygoat, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:19 (one year ago) link

strongly associate this style with being in church in the 90s

ogmor, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:20 (one year ago) link

Terrible album cover - reminds me of Soho's 'Goddess' from 1990:

https://goo.gl/images/6NPyKM

raise my chicken finger (Willl), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:39 (one year ago) link

The cover for the single for Edie Brickell's What I Am came to mind when looking at the Vampire Weekend cover, but all that really has in common is a drawn round thing on white background.

MarkoP, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:43 (one year ago) link

Small World Coffee in Princeton NJ is my go-to for this aesthetic

http://www.smallworldcoffee.com/_assets/img/common/printHeader.png

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:46 (one year ago) link

Still using it in 2019 but this logo & type definitely dates back to the 90s or, for all I know, farther

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:47 (one year ago) link

That Vampire Weekend cover doesn't really take the 90s aesthetic far enough imo, winds up just looking very generic

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 March 2019 15:02 (one year ago) link

Small World Coffee in Princeton NJ is my go-to for this aesthetic

http://www.smallworldcoffee.com/_assets/img/common/printHeader.png

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, March 11, 2019 10:46 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Dude are you from the princeton area? That is my spot

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:10 (one year ago) link

Or *was*

I like this aesthetic. I think it will become my new aesthetic. The Brooklyn country gentleman thing has gotten tired.

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:11 (one year ago) link

I used to go to small world coffee a lot -- Princeton trips were a regular thing from Rutgers. The PREX-Hoagie Haven-small world trifecta. Maybe also throw in a bookstore or two.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 March 2019 16:12 (one year ago) link

Can trade in my red wings for tevas

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:12 (one year ago) link

There is only one bookstore left there. It’s this aesthetic too somewhat. I used to work there.

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:13 (one year ago) link

definitely associate this aesthetic with coffee shops that existed in the 90s

some plants around, a counter where you order or someone might take your order if they're out dropping drinks off at tables. big chalkboards listing fresh beans

mh, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:14 (one year ago) link

The green new deal needs a look imo. This might be it

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:17 (one year ago) link

Excited to see ezra’s outfits on the new tour

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:17 (one year ago) link

I was searching "earth day shirt" to try and find the urtext for this.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 March 2019 16:31 (one year ago) link

Excited to see ezra’s outfits on the new tour

http://www.undertheradarmag.com/uploads/article_images/vampire-weekend-harmony-hall-video-pancakes-ezra.jpg

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:34 (one year ago) link

different but there's something there

budo jeru, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:33 (one year ago) link

There's the whole line of Putumaya comps that were always displayed at bookstores, global-village type stores, and so on.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5XYiqHni398/S72054Z5MOI/AAAAAAAADGg/v23yWYDi87c/s1600/41EXKD6MBKL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

... (Eazy), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:54 (one year ago) link

don't know why my image is broken; here's the link: http://www.sandygarnettstudio.com/files/4514/2232/7992/1992HordePosterw8.jpg

yuh yuh (morrisp), Monday, 11 March 2019 20:05 (one year ago) link

did u all see this exchange, amazing:

We're just waiting for the Global Hypercolour tee shirt

— Jesus Jones (@jesusjonesband) March 7, 2019

goole, Monday, 11 March 2019 20:25 (one year ago) link

I'd forgotten Big Head Todd. They were kinda big, weren't they, though they closed out the era.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Monday, 11 March 2019 20:30 (one year ago) link

Bittersweet you could say

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 11 March 2019 20:38 (one year ago) link

i feel like keith haring was a big influence on this aesthetic.

this is bringing back lots of "going to the houses of friends with aging hippie parents in the early 90s" memories...

also my uncle's recycling/green office supply company totally rode this wave:

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1014234044777676800/ryWkJk0z_400x400.jpg

J. Sam, Monday, 11 March 2019 21:06 (one year ago) link

The globe art of this era wreaks havoc on the Canadian arctic.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Monday, 11 March 2019 21:30 (one year ago) link

would not be totally shocked if big head todd could still draw comparable live numbers to vampire weekend

"jam band adjascent" + "a couple huge 90s alt rock hits" is a powerful combo in the U.S.

http://i66.tinypic.com/2z54nlw.jpg

... (Eazy), Monday, 11 March 2019 22:48 (one year ago) link

Chagall seems like an influence here too, in addition to haring

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 22:53 (one year ago) link

Also idk if this was linked yet. Good analysis of why these looks might be coming back

this shit is what gives me righteous fury

I typed a thread a while ago on how the obsession w/ graphic design aesthetics of the 80's and 90's among young designers today is a cry of rebellion against... THIS https://t.co/JBZSvz3z7g

— 〽️ax krieger's big mood (@MaxKriegerVG) February 14, 2018

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 22:57 (one year ago) link

Wait, so Jesus Jones and I BOTH think the Vampire Weekend cover is reminiscent of Jesus Jones aesthetic but there's no actual Jesus Jones album cover that looks anything like it? Weird.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 22:58 (one year ago) link

Sorry here is the for real og thread

I theorize that the rise in popularity of all sorts of pre-2008 visual designs, from "vaporwave" to synthwave to anime futurefunk to memphis milano to "global village coffeehouse" to y2k to "mcbling", is a cry of rebellion against the modern state of consumer graphic design

— 〽️ax krieger's big mood (@MaxKriegerVG) December 28, 2017

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 22:58 (one year ago) link

See also:

Just found out the wonderful @ScienceMuseum logo designed by @johnsonbanks has been replaced with a simple typeface. From Burberry to Yves Saint Laurent, brands are doing this and IMO it's a shame and a copout. So, coining a #portmanteau for this: brand + brand+ blah = #blahnd. pic.twitter.com/yAy9Jwg5tT

— Irene Hoffman (@ihoffman) March 7, 2019

... (Eazy), Monday, 11 March 2019 23:32 (one year ago) link

I tried Googling the question, and the best I could find was a web page containing this info:

Elvis himself had no interest in hippies. He was a part of a previous generation and viewed hippies as a threat to society.

yuh yuh (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:28 (one year ago) link

i think design trends are interesting, idk

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:47 (one year ago) link

xp

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:47 (one year ago) link

You should follow this blog (serious, not snarky, suggestion): https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/

What's that Phish song that goes "Bag it, Tag it"? (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:52 (one year ago) link

i didn't realize 'global village coffeehouse' was actually a term used outside of this thread

https://www.are.na/evan-collins-1522646491/global-village-coffeehouse

anyway this was the first thing that came to mind

http://https%3A//www.nonesuch.com/sites/g/files/g2000005811/f/styles/album_detail__545___545_/public/201709/Le%20Mystere%20Des%20Voix%20Bulgares_1%20black.jpg

akm, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:52 (one year ago) link

i think design trends are interesting, idk

― Trϵϵship, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:47 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i agree! but finding design trends interesting doesn't require us to imbue them with moral value. brands widely shifting to sans-serif typefaces in their logos in 2019 does not warrant moral outrage imo

marcos, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:01 (one year ago) link

I think outrage overstates my position. I love minimalism but don’t like how it’s becoming de rigeur.

Trϵϵship, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:16 (one year ago) link

xpost ah, I thought about that "les voix bulgares" cover too !

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:20 (one year ago) link

pink floyd design rules!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:36 (one year ago) link

Really like this thread! The first thing that came to mind was the second Soul II Soul album:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ISrAr0oUL.jpg

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:46 (one year ago) link

I guess someone mentioned Putumayo comps upthread already, but those are the first things that come to mind. They seemed to be in every bookstore and coffeehouse in the 90s. Were any of them ever any good? I remember listening to a few and not thinking much of them.

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3427711619_10.jpg

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:00 (one year ago) link

VW cover feels kinda like a shit ver of this to me

https://e.snmc.io/i/600/w/f59054970a2db9b20278fe89c7617fb4/1931175

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:28 (one year ago) link

This Canadian celtic-tinged college folk-rock thing:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51huzAlcbRL._SX425_.jpg

softspool, Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:53 (one year ago) link

Nice! Got some globes in various positions, a terrible font, elongated torsos, equitable gender representation...

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 14 March 2019 08:30 (one year ago) link

The print edition of the New Yorker 3/11 (lol) is plastered with this aesthetic

Vw and the ny’er being synced up seems about right ...

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:27 (one year ago) link

xp - when you think about it we all live in this house called planet earth

softspool, Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:35 (one year ago) link

There's a Facebook group simply titled "Global Village Coffeehouse" that has loads of examples, for fans of the style. It's not quite the same but the "Shiny Happy People" video reminds me of this aesthetic--maybe the similar vibe of "earthy multicultural positivity".

Not the same vibe, but speaking of that era's design, also worth a look is the "Factory Pomo" group, which compiles this style:

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GNeiWPpVzEc/WAQwxqEMzYI/AAAAAAAAEcs/ekVCMisKDzg8MS8VAAt_7fNJ_3nmvDMcACLcB/s1600/front..jpg

blatherskite, Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:40 (one year ago) link

Thank you, blatherskite! I'm pretty sure that the album cover I'm thinking of would fit more comfortably into the Factory Pomo genre. I joined the group and there are definitely a lot of earth/nature symbols in there too, but in a markedly different style than the Global Village Coffeehouse stuff.

☮, 🐸 (peace, man), Friday, 15 March 2019 08:42 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

London, Ontario's own!

softspool, Thursday, 4 April 2019 23:57 (one year ago) link

The one I was thinking of was

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000IPKN.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

which wasn't as similar as I thought.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 5 April 2019 22:40 (one year ago) link

not global village coffeehouse or factory pomo really.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 5 April 2019 22:54 (one year ago) link

Saw a good example of GVC at my mom's house the other day. It was basically a flat metal sculptural form of the woman in this print. My mom said she bought it in Sedona lol.

https://d2w9rnfcy7mm78.cloudfront.net/3980706/original_04f9ea5e120ee6e319a4e217b2cd0b8a.png

jaymc, Saturday, 6 April 2019 05:34 (one year ago) link

I lived in flagstaff in the late 90s and Sedona was like peak gvc then but with bobus kokopelli everywhere

joygoat, Saturday, 6 April 2019 14:00 (one year ago) link

This feels like it fits in with this aesthetic.

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0002/790/MI0002790545.jpg

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 6 April 2019 17:58 (one year ago) link

I have an album in my collection called The Planet Sleeps. It's a collection of lullabies from all over the world. It's really nice! It was released in 1997 (on compact disc only), and it fits this aesthetic to a T:
https://i.imgur.com/m1p45TR.jpg

Ashley Pomeroy, Saturday, 6 April 2019 18:05 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

happy earth day :)

https://images.app.goo.gl/Mc1Lg2q65ooExs3QA

J. Sam, Monday, 22 April 2019 17:39 (one year ago) link

Feel like the opening titles to Northern Exposure are the purest distillation of this aesthetic: the theme tune already sounds like a Vampy Weeks pastiche.

https://youtu.be/hKDzDA-jgRs?t=83

Stevie T, Monday, 22 April 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link

lol good call

jaymc, Monday, 22 April 2019 18:07 (one year ago) link

I got strong vibes from this plate someone left in the breakroom sink:

https://i.imgur.com/EdccsaY.jpg

I imagine this plate magically adds sun dried tomatoes to anything you put on it.

joygoat, Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:23 (one year ago) link

smells like fiddlehead ferns

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:31 (one year ago) link

Feel like the opening titles to Northern Exposure are the purest distillation of this aesthetic: the theme tune already sounds like a Vampy Weeks pastiche.

Can someone start a twitter campaign to get them to cover it?

One Eye Open, Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:53 (one year ago) link

place in Raleigh literally called “Global Coffehouse Village”, was this a known fact and I was just i. the dark? And yes, the logo is extremely predictable.

global tetrahedron, Friday, 3 May 2019 02:14 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

Someone posted this on Twitter and it's bugging me that I can't identify it. Disclaimer: it may not be an album.

Twitter, What is this and where is it from? Its doing my canister in pic.twitter.com/3cj91qXFKc

— SfH (@simonfromharlow) May 31, 2019

Dan Worsley, Friday, 31 May 2019 19:04 (one year ago) link

one of the first replies says saved by the bell and it does look identical to the aesthetic in the opening credits for that

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 May 2019 19:08 (one year ago) link

looks like generic late-'80s Trapper Keeper art, could be from anything

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Friday, 31 May 2019 19:14 (one year ago) link

it's definitely a tv show.

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 May 2019 19:16 (one year ago) link

actually it appears it's a thing that's spread on whatsapp in the uk and might be a bit of a pain in the arse thing without a real answer (it's apparently not saved by the bell, may just be some generic patter than brings to mind that style)

tweeter you quoted has deleted the tweet due to finding this out

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 May 2019 19:20 (one year ago) link

Seriously no one ITT is bringing up Rusted Root, the Everything, or Dave Matthews?

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e9/25/38/e92538aeee4d8f3d58ad2f35bbb6f532.jpg

Velcromancer (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:16 (one year ago) link

I saw a car this week with 2(!) of those stickers^^

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:24 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

i'm a huge fan of this band but this is way over the top

https://merch.ambientinks.com/collections/purebathingculture/products/earthling-tee

goole, Friday, 30 August 2019 18:46 (one year ago) link

reminds me of duckman for some reason

brimstead, Friday, 30 August 2019 22:00 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

Feel like this set of Big Thief merch really captures the vibe.

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Thursday, 21 May 2020 14:49 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

GUYS GUYS ITS HERE ITS SO BEAUTIFUL pic.twitter.com/UvOBmfJHU8

— BalaPatty💫⭐️ (@BalaPattySZN) November 19, 2020

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 19 November 2020 21:58 (one week ago) link


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