Minimalist Street Fighter proves maximum impact of color

This isn’t London-based graphic designer and artist Ashley Browning’s first foray into videogame minimalism. But unlike his previous works, which reduced popular characters to a few basic but still easily recognizable shapes, “Street Fighter – Abstract Edition” uses only bands of color to represent the main combatants in Capcom’s classic brawler.

“This is a one-off piece, and a departure from usual Minimalism pieces of mine. This time I just wanted to go really, really basic,” explained Browning on Infinite Continues. “Initially, I felt I was creating a Bauhaus/De Stijl inspired piece, but after finishing it, I thought it also looked like the primitive graphics from Atari 2600 or Intellivision consoles.”

The crazy part is that the characters are no less recognizable for their lack of limbs. Or faces. Or any other remotely humanoid feature. The fact that you can look at a few alternating bands of color and instantly see Ryu, Ken, Blanka, Chun-Li, Zangief and Dhalsim is a testament to the power of color choice in videogame character design. Alternate costumes not withstanding.