Synthwave Inspired Redesign

This redesign is a tip of the cap to the 80s while being modern & fresh

To start with, “Sythwave (also called outrun, retrowave, or futuresynth) is an electronic music microgenre that is based predominately on the music associated with action, science-fiction, and horror film soundtracks of the 1980s. Other influences are drawn from that decade’s art and video games.” – Wikipedia

Sythwave Example 1
Sythwave Example 2

In late 2020 I had the inspiration to create a sythwave styled website. At this time I had just started taking my design career more seriously. Maybe it was because I had just started playing Cyberpunk 2077?

Cyberpunk 2077

In the end, I just wanted to see if I could make the color scheme & style work with a web current client. Appleton Cutting Edge was long over due for a fresh look so when I approached the owner Charlie with the idea he loved it.

We wanted Cutting Edge Salon to have that “Cutting Edge” look.

Here is my color palette for Cutting Edge, I’m not certain all of these colors made it to the final product.

Appleton Cutting Edge Palette

Unfortunately, like many websites I’ve worked on the website has changed hands and a cheap immitation was created instead. This website was originally a Joomla site. It was converted to WordPress by some random online freelancers. I also no longer have the Joomla backup to throw up on my servers. So when you click the finished to check it out, it is lacking much of the subtle design aspects that I was proud of.


Appleton Cutting Edge Sythwave


Appleton Cutting Edge Sythwave Finished