I Was a Teenage Binder Model
When I was a kid, I thought myself far “too cool” to enjoy the hypercolor neon fantasy products from Lisa Frank.
Nowadays I know better. Crazy stuff like that has always been pretty cool, and also, I’m not “too cool” for anything. (I wasn’t back in middle school either, I just didn’t know it at the time.)
From a nostalgic perspective, I don’t have any hard memories of the designs themselves, but I know the vibe. And this is how the vibe got filtered through my mind. Neons, swirls, pink and orange and chaos.
The irony is that Lisa Frank Inc. could be described the same way. So different from the happy and peaceful artwork they produced, the staff of Lisa Frank Inc. suffered from regular verbal abuse and humiliation by the coked-up C-suite in a company that would later get nicknamed the “rainbow gulag” that was only made worse during a divorce which finally tore the company asunder. Well worth a read, that one.
Regardless, if I could go back in time, I’d probably adopt a lot more of this aesthetic for myself.
See the details of this crazy digital art in full resolution here: