Retro and Vintage Web Design – Best of

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Vintage-inspired designs, when done well, can end up looking even more current and relevant than an entirely new and modern design. Whether it’s only taking inspiration for your typography, color scheme, or other elements, or whether you create a design that would feel entirely at home in the 1950s, 1920s, or any point before, using vintage and retro styles can be fun and challenging.

Below are forty designs inspired by retro, vintage, and antique elements. They range from campy to completely professional, and everything in between. Use them as inspiration for creating your own vintage designs.

Here are more retro and vintage related articles we’ve previously published:

Full list after jump.

Antique and Pre-20th Century Inspired Designs

The most common eras antique-inspired websites take design cues from seem to be the Victorian era and classical Rome and Greece. The best designs tend to be formal-looking, and evoke a sense of propriety without looking stuffy. In some cases, they imitate broadsheet newspapers or other items from the times they’re inspired by.

The Statement

Xocolatl

Theocacao

The Dollar Dreadful Family Library

The Astonishing Adventures of Lord Likely

Sensi Soft

Internet Zillionaire

Early 20th Century Inspired Designs

The early 20th century (through WWII) has inspired numerous designs. Some are influenced by the Film Noir and detective movies of the 30s and early 40s. Others pull from Depression-era pop culture (including children’s toys and games). And others take their cues from WWII-era military and civilian artwork and posters.

Webdesigner.ro

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

Team Fortress 2 – The Sniper vs. Spy Update

Radio – The New York Moon

mediaBOOM

Mister-Aero

Media Ambassador

MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company

Fred Perry – 100 Years

Five Cent Stand

Field Notes

Target Scope

Blind Renaissance, Inc.

Amelia Earhart Book

DeVotchKa

Post-WWII and Later Designs

Designs inspired by the mid-20th century (post WWII up through the 60s) pull mostly from the popular culture of the era. Fonts inspired by the era are particularly popular, along with vintage color schemes. Fashion also seems to be a big influencer, as are vintage radios, cars, and televisions.

Tricycle Terror

Thigpen Designs

Singularityconcepts.com

Style 4 you

Small Stone Recordings

Rocket Club

Prahba

Jeff Sarmiento

Lataka

Kretivia

Klassiker in Acryl

Level 2 Design

Capitol Media

Edgewater

Custom Design

Carrozzeria Verga

Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant

Tomatic

Author:

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