25 Retro Packages, Posters, and Business Cards

Often we look to modern examples of a concept instead a design’s true concept when we research design-related ideas. We have put together 25 vintage designs that modern design concepts are drawn from. 

Retro design is one of those things I found myself referencing for “modern retro” designs, concepts that are based upon retro theories, but aren’t the actual retro designs. While this is certainly applicable as you can see how others are using the vintage design in a modern way, sometimes to really create your own unique, modern interpretation of an old-fashioned design style, you have to ignore what others are doing, look to the past, and draw from your own talent.

The following roundup of vintage designs are “the real deal”. The designs are actual vintage packages, posters, and business cards; no modern retro designs are present. Take a look to see if these inspire any ground-breaking design ideas and  ask yourself: how will these designs influence you when compared to modern retro designs? Are there elements you may have missed or added if you’d not had original retro designs to reference?

Vintage Business Card

 

Old Pot Pie Packaging

 

Bobby Pin Packaging

 

Pik-Up Stiks Packaging

 

Children’s Game Packaging

 

Kaleidoscope Packaging

 

Soap Dye Advertising

 

Bicycles and Cars Poster

 

Vintage Postcard

 

Tailor Business Card

 

Crest Poster

 

Charlie Chaplin Movie Poster

 

Clara Bow Movie Poster

 

Gum Advertisement

 

Optometrist Business Card

 

Show Poster

 

Cigarette Advertisement

 

Old Cereal Box Lucky Charms

 

Old Cereal Box Cheerios

 

Old Cereal Box Trix

 

WW2 Poster

 

Chocolate Bar Package

 

Packaging

 

Liptons

What are some of your favorite designs? Do you fancy the more modern retro design or the classic vintage?