mozilla - Why? It looks just like one of those power stations that, you know, burn up oil.
redhat- Is there too much red? On the front page, I see one brown stripe at the top, a red stripe down from it and 2 photos (or drawings) or red distro boxes. Any less red would not play with the company's name at all. Redskins are not red, indians are bronze-colored, and red cross probably doesn't want to make too many associations with blood.. Again, the fedora that features prominently on RH site is about as far from socialist art as it could be :P
I looked at the KMFMS site this time and it looks closer to american 50s art than to socialist art. First, there's no red color; no factories; no workers; there is a penguin with a bat..
Cisco - I don't really understand the off-balance, squinting into the light and primary colors bit.. The only connection I see is that they look like people who are doing physical work and exerting effort, and that's only natural 'cause you know, they have to differentiate from microsoft and such.. They make networks and installing them is physical labor..
Forge - either forge or anvil would associate with soc-art just as well. And what else could the draw? An editor? A computer (now that's a novel idea)?
I think there IS an interesting change going over web design, but you totally miss it's causes. Think about it.. a few years back it was all neat little lines and shades and photoshop effects and such, 3d stuff thrown here and there, the ubiqutous Earth picture *cringe*. There were 2 problems: 1. to improve on that, you need a lot of bandwidth. High-quality art of that sort tends to grow bigger and bigger, and resolution has to be fairly high, and the other problem is that it's just too easy to make. If you hire razorfish or someone who makes a site for you for $100k, and it doens't look all that different from some kid's quake clan site, that's just not cool. Solution: 50s-style art - you have to know how to draw, perhaps do some work on paper, then scan it in, do some more work in photoshop, and it'll look professional and different from all those overphotoshopped clan pages, and it will be small at the same time, gifs do a great job at compressing solid-color art. So, the real reason for this
connection is simply that people who were drawing posters in 50s in USSR didn't have photoshop. USSR art was all alike because it's easier to draw the same thing in the same style over and over again, and government commissions didn't care about originality - in fact, they probably felt safer if it looked like tried and true design..
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