As AI-generated art & design continue to advance, it’s helpful to develop a mental library and vocabulary for different visual styles. Here is a list I’ve collected!
Minimalism: limited color & shades, simple shapes & linework, and lots of whitespaces to create a clean and uncluttered design
Maximalism: bold patterns, colors, textures, and shapes; mixing and matching a variety of elements to create a vibrant and eclectic look
Grunge: dark, contrasting color palette with grime or dirt; distressed or rough textures, bold typography, and a chaotic layout to convey a raw, edgy vibe
Retro: bright colors, vintage typography, and graphic elements that draw inspiration from design trends of the ’60s and ’70s era
Flat: simple, 2-D shapes and a bright monochromatic palette to create a minimalist design that emphasizes usability, often seen in digital design
Skeuomorphism: realistic, tactile elements like shadows and gradients creating a sense of depth and interaction like real-life objects, materials, and textures like leather, metal, or wood
Cartoon/Comic: bold, imaginative graphics and exaggerated characters with vibrant color to convey a sense of humor or playfulness, often accompanied by animated elements
Victorian: fancy, ornate fonts, detailed symmetrical borders & frames, decorative designs like flowers & swirls, and a busy style that fills the canvas
Cyberpunk: futuristic elements like neon lights, holographic displays, and metallic textures to create a high-tech, dystopian vibe
Art Nouveau: decorative design that often features floral motifs, single color with subtle shading, natural-looking serifs inspired by organic & flowing lines
Art Deco: geometric shapes, bold colors, and a sense of luxury and glamour, often associated with the 1920s & 1930s (e.g. Great Gatsby movie poster).
Brutalism: emphasis on raw, unpolished textures and a utilitarian layout to create a minimalist design, often associated with architecture.
Psychedelic: vibrant colors, swirling patterns, and abstract shapes, often associated with 1960s counterculture
Scandinavian: emphasis on simplicity, functionality, and natural materials, often associated with Nordic design
Photorealism: hyperrealistic visuals to recreate the appearance of reality with precision & accuracy
Masculine: bold, strong vibe incorporating dark colors and sharp angles
Feminine: soft, delicate style with pastel colors and flowing curves
Illustrated/ Doodled: hand-drawn elements, whimsical linework, and playful doodles for a playful, friendly vibe
Dark/ Luxurious: rich, dark colors with simple but ornate patterns with the style of high-end brands
3D: computer-generated graphics and objects to create a sense of dimension
Geometric: clean, modern look consisting of geometric shapes and patterns
Abstract: non-representational shapes and forms with emphasis on color, texture, and composition
Typographic: creative use of typefaces & fonts to convey meaning & emotion
Organic/Natural: earthly elements like plant life, hand-drawn illustrations, and natural color palette
That’s all for now! I’ll add more to the list as I discover more. Feel free to let me know if there’s anything you think should be included.
Disclaimer: Images used for illustrative & educational purposes only, from various sources via Google search