I really enjoy these images, I know the second one is from a game, I'm just hoping someone can tell me what these types of art might be categorized as so I could get more into them. Thanks.

City Skyline

Fire Tower

Sources of Images 1, 2

  • Do you know which game that second image is from? Looks interesting!
    – DA01
    Jun 4, 2015 at 16:12
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    @DA01 Yeah, they have an awesome website for it: firewatchgame.com Jun 4, 2015 at 16:16
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    "silhouette vector landscape" or "minimalist vector landscape" as search terms turns up some similar stuff Jun 5, 2015 at 10:54

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The second image is from the game Firewatch, which was visually developed by artist Olly Moss, of Mondo poster fame. http://ollymoss.com/

This is a form of minimalism. It's marked by strong, geometric shapes and pared-down design elements. Often, a single dominant image stands alone to deliver a powerful message.

In Moss' work, bold, layered colors create a sense of depth and distance. The farther in the distance objects are, the more they fade into simple colors and fewer details.

Another classic example of this style is work by the designer Saul Bass.

  • Thank you for the answer! It gave me new insight as to why I like these images, and helped me find similar examples. Jun 4, 2015 at 15:13
  • I love Saul Bass but am not familiar with this style in his work? Any good examples?
    – DA01
    Jun 4, 2015 at 16:13

A traditional method which shares features of those images is wood block printing.

Obviously, this is a method rather than a style, but considering the large block forms of single colors, this method is probably the closest.

Serigraphs (silk screen) share some features but they are more easily able to use gradients and shading.

wood block prints: a screen capture from an image search


I don't think there's any particular name for these. They are a mix of various styles and techniques:

  • monochromatic
  • flat/vector based
  • layered to emulate distance

these are called 2D Silhouette Landscape's

  • Can you please elaborate and possibly add some references/images?
    – Welz
    May 6, 2018 at 0:48

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