Compiling graphic design for the 1950s, the ’60s, the ’70s and the ’80s was easy. Just mention any of those decades, and iconic images pop into your head: cartoon-style housewives, bell bottoms, blocky, disco typography and neon lettering. But when it came to coming up with graphic design representative of the 1990’s, I was at…
The retro look has been featured in many different areas of design, and with the advent of new modern designs, creating a retro or vintage look gives you a creative edge and your website a nostalgic feel.
Nostalgia, intrigue, mystery and hundreds of delicious tales, some told and others not, surround the mid-20th century performers known as the Rat Pack.
What’s old is new again, and one lasting trend in website design is incorporating vintage and retro elements. From vintage posters to weathered magazine adverts, these comforting images have inspired designers to create unique and stunning websites.
The 1980s were so totally tubular that it can be challenging to find authentic graphic design from that decade – so much of what is on the Internet is actually current and was only inspired by the ’80s.
Once and a while we stumbled upon some niche inspirations. A few years ago, Andrew posted Vintage Coke Pop Can Designs, the post turned out to be one of our most commented posts.
As a child of the 1970s, I recall growing up with bright, clashing colors and balloony words. It was like the ’60s kept all the serif fonts to themselves and left the next decade with rounded typography.
The 1960s saw an evolution in graphic design. Like in the 1950s, you still had Saul Bass creating movie posters and a lot of earth tones dominating advertisements.
The 1950s donned a cloak of perkiness – smoking didn’t kill, Cuba was a vacation destination and women were pleased as punch to do housework in pearls and heels.
Retro Design has been a popular style for quite some time now, and the trend will likely continue in the future. These examples showcase many different ways a design can be “retro”.