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Is there a name to refer to this kind of (computer) drawing style:

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which resemble a little bit of the Portal 2 trailer style.

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Is there any name to refer to this particular type of design. If so, what is the name?

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Two relevant terms:

  • The type of flat-3D perspective is isometric view (or more accurately pseudo-isometric because it looks like it's not strictly based on 120 degrees).
  • The style of limited-detail but accurate drawing is like instructional diagrams - in particular, it looks based on styles commonly used in in-flight safety diagrams. A lot of the incidental graphics in Portal and Portal 2 reference styles used in corporate instructional diagrams.
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"pseudo-isometric" is more properly called axonometric projection, which includes isometric, dimetric, and trimetric (which is what the second example image is). In general, images which have no perspective foreshortening are parallel projections. Lots more detail here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphical_projection –  Alistair Buxton Sep 27 '13 at 1:24

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