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What Was Good About the ’80s?

Welcome to the first in a series of questions about the ’80s, the decade that ended almost 25 years ago, before many of you were even born. What was good about the ’80s?

Those of you, like me, who were fortunate (wink) enough to live through Ronald Reagan’s presidency and see original episodes of “Night Court,” “Knight Rider,” “Growing Pains,” “Married with Children” and “The Dukes of Hazzard,” may have spent your Saturday mornings with “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” Pee Wee Herman’s brilliant satire disguised as a children’s show.

And if you were a fan of the show, you just might have known Gary Panter was one of the graphic wizards that made Pee Wee’s sets and stuffs so hypnotically superific. And if that were the case, you may have collected these Fun Pack packs designed by Panter (what a great gig), which you have to agree, gave the otherwise loathsome ’80s some welcome charm.

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →