The elements are familiar to people in socialism countries.
Grew up in china. Definitely saw a lot of these patterns. For a long time, I hated these color palettes because of their association with the poor quality products my grand parents used to own.
I've since come around. With distance, I've now come to associate these with a nice part of my childhood. I wish more brands would take advantage of this nostalgia.
What an interesting read. Unique problems, and I find the design work appealing. Some talented creatives working in less than ideal situations.