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Utopian Scholastic - Aesthetic Highlight #4

Emmy Fitz

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Utopian Scholastic (c. late 1980s-late 1990s)

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Utopian Scholastic was a popular aesthetic amongst children from the late '80s to the late '90s. Usually paired with edutainment programs, books, and museums, the style goes for "timeless" typography, collages composed of stock images, and an overall environmental feeling.

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I think of all the aesthetics I've highlighted so far, this gives me the warmest, fuzziest feeling. It reminds me of stuff I used to use back in elementary school during the 2000s and field trips I made to Balboa Park.
 
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この美学は人々の脳に深く埋め込まれているので、私はそれが美学だとさえ知りませんでした
 
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I love these threads, I've been looking forward to this, thank you for posting!
I really agree with vaporwavemaster1, this aesthetic is so ingrained and so widespread that I didn't even realize it's a cohesive aesthetic. It totally is though, and it's nice to see it compiled here. The use of glossy textures and soft lighting in this aesthetic really makes it feel cozy and natural.
 

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I love it. I remember wandering in school libraries to chill and read some eyewitness stuff.
 
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Ah, the Encarta aesthetic.
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I was a "science-y" kid so this really resonates with me. Brings back fond memories of field trips to museums and old science channel programs.
Great resource for more examples:
 
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Ah, the Encarta aesthetic.
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I was a "science-y" kid so this really resonates with me. Brings back fond memories of field trips to museums and old science channel programs.
Great resource for more examples:
Also the lesser known examples too.
 
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Utopian Scholastic (c. late 1980s-late 1990s)

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Utopian Scholastic was a popular aesthetic amongst children from the late '80s to the late '90s. Usually paired with edutainment programs, books, and museums, the style goes for "timeless" typography, collages composed of stock images, and an overall environmental feeling.

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I think of all the aesthetics I've highlighted so far, this gives me the warmest, fuzziest feeling. It reminds me of stuff I used to use back in elementary school during the 2000s and field trips I made to Balboa Park.
There's something very "United Nations" about this aesthetic. Can't say I dislike it though. I'm a sucker for atom figures floating in space.
 
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