Backgrounds may be traced back as early as 1975, as it was its experimental season. The patterns used back then were only grey dots and lines, and they were all pixelated. Since there were no coloured monitors back then, all old backgrounds were just white, black or grey.
Eventually, the evolution of technology and appearance of coloured monitors gave way to customisation, better pictures/ backgrounds with good pixel content and way better output.
Through the years, backgrounds evolved and became 3-dimensional animation from simple dotted and lined drawings. However, no matter how far technology brought us today, people still want to look back to the past. Designers started to make retro backgrounds.
In general terms, retro means “old fashion style”. It relates to old fashion or something that reminisces the past/ earlier time. It’s also known as “revival”, and obviously means that it is derived and imitated from the music, fashion, attitude, or trends of the past.
Retro has been labeled as classic and stylish even though it was taken from the past. These retro background designs are characterised by some blurry effects, vivid graphics, period icons, and its infamous pale colours. Most designers use it to bring out a vintage look.