50 Retro and Vintage Web Designs to Inspire You

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Last week, Henry posted an article with 30 Fonts Perfect for Vintage and Retro Style Design and I simply loved the first font of the list, the matchbook typefaces. By the time I saw it I could think of several good ways to use it in web design, print design on even other ways. I was so inspired that I decided to do a selection of retro and vintage websites for our weekly web design inspirational post.

I really like retro and vintage stuff… websites, posters, print, adds, everything. I think it’s amazing how an ‘old style’ still get our attention and appreciation. For this selection of retro and vintage web designs, you will see retro and vintage elements, fonts, images, colors, textures, etc. I hope you enjoy the selection. And of course, if you have a cool retro/vintage site to share with us, the comments are open.

Eighty Two Design

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targetscope

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singularityconcepts.com

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fortyseven media

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thigpendesigns.com

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icblind.com

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edgewater

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WebDesigner.ro

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Level 2 Design

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Custom Design

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Kretivia, New Media Production

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Big Rig Design

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THUNDERfuel

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Thrush

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mediaBOOM

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Radio – The New York Moon

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fivecentstand.com

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LATAKA

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Ali Felski

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The Dollar Dreadful

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phizz.biz

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Style 4 you

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Mister-Aero

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iso50

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Tricycle Terror

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sensisoft.com

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Small Stone re-cordings

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prahba.com

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tomatic

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Visit Cascadia

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Tennessee

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jacksonfish.com

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Carrozzeria Verga

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the Retrovert

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Sauro Motel

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Antique Piano Shop

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painisgood.com

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Eric Henning Magic

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The Wayward Irregular

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flatwoodsfolkart.com

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Brocante Boutique

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Buy Vintage Clothing

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Farinella

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What’s your Problem?

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Hipstery

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readymadedesigns.co.uk

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Team Fannypack

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thisbythem.com

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huxleyprairiefest.com

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About the Author

Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

42 Comments

  1. WpFolios
    March 29, 2010

    great list my all time favourite “fortyseven media”

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  2. Lauren
    March 29, 2010

    Oh great inspiration roundup! The grungy vintage style is one of my personal favorites. Thanks so much.

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  3. Sam
    March 29, 2010

    Great source of inspiration!

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  4. Attitude Design | Graphic Design Portfolio
    March 29, 2010

    Some really cool designs here. Love the vintage look!

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  5. Maurício Bastos
    March 29, 2010

    Nice layouts!
    Something to share: vintage matchboxes – http://www.ideafixa.com/2010/03/27/caixinhas-de-fosforo-vintage/

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  6. Toby
    March 29, 2010

    Thanks a lot for this great list!
    Very cool designs for inspiration and to have fun!

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  7. Hillary H.
    March 29, 2010

    These are so great! I love the targetscope one. Thanks so much!

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  8. Jordan Walker
    March 29, 2010

    Really nice list of vintage websites. I truly enjoy the mix up of design.

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  9. Gustavs Cirulis
    March 29, 2010

    Here is another one – http://www.visualmedia.lv/

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  10. Adam | Toronto Web Development
    March 29, 2010

    I love Eighty Two Design and icblind’s designs. They’re fantastic in both the typography and simpleness of the sites.

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  11. Ian Devlin
    March 29, 2010

    Loving Lataka’s site. Really smooth and graphically beautiful.

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  12. Robine
    March 29, 2010

    Great post! This website has a great retro look too: http://meeq.nl

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  13. Jake
    March 29, 2010

    Some great inspiration here. Love these looks…

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  14. Martin
    March 29, 2010

    i really hate this style

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  15. Justin Carroll
    March 29, 2010

    Some of these are very creative like The Dollar Dreadful and the Wayward Irregular. And some of these are disgusting and bloated. Good collection.

    Retro for the sake of retro is never cool retro.

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  16. Batfan
    March 29, 2010

    Nice list but, you missed one ;)

    http://www.fisticuffdesign.com/

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  17. Clayton Correia
    March 29, 2010

    Great round-up. WDL has been so good lately. Thanks guys!

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  18. vector graphics
    March 29, 2010

    great old-style web sites thanks

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  19. Lena Tailor
    March 29, 2010

    What an inspiring collection you have here.

    edgewater & prahba are my favorite.

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  20. Russell Poulter
    March 29, 2010

    Some great sites. Thanks for this.

    Bookmarked!

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  21. Jordan
    March 30, 2010

    Great collection of sites. Adding some of those into my screen saver folder! Thanks.

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  22. Josh
    March 30, 2010

    This is a great collection. Thanks for taking the time to collect and make a post out of this.

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  23. Destry Wion
    March 30, 2010

    Some of these are slick. Others are just visual pollution that make me want aspirin.

    The two best executions, in my opinion, are The Dollar Dreadful and the Wayward Irregular. Similar to these two (and extremely fun reading) is Lord Likely (http://www.lordlikely.com/), which you don’t have in your list.

    (I would drop iso50, which isn’t retro at all. Replace it with Lord Likely. And no, I have nothing do to with the Lord Likely site.)

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    • Daniel Hefferan
      November 23, 2013

      The Dollar Dreadful site is amazing, especially seeing that it was from 2007.

      Web design has certainly progressed since this article was published, but inspiration is timeless!

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  24. Tom
    March 30, 2010

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I’m not sure how iso50 is “retro.” At the very least, it’s the least retro of the bunch.

    Great collection, though. Thanks!

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  25. 509 Media
    April 1, 2010

    Very cool. Thanks for posting.

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  26. Brian
    April 2, 2010

    You missed a frequently listed one – http://www.torpedojuice.co.uk

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  27. André
    April 4, 2010

    I´d like this too: http://www.tecsky.com.br

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  28. Jesse
    April 6, 2010

    Great list, I love this style of web design.

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  29. Faye
    April 13, 2010

    What a great list – here’s another one…
    http://www.thepuppinisisters.com/

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  30. retro clocks
    April 26, 2010

    Awesome post. Placed to StumbleUpon as well. Hope that helps others find it.

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  31. Tanya
    May 28, 2010

    I can’t decide if I’m inspired or if seeing this makes me want to quit. These are so amazing!!!

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  32. Renda
    February 21, 2011

    Well I admit the designs did inspire me it’s just I am not that good at photoshop. Guess I need to sharpen my skills

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  33. ollie
    July 21, 2011

    Nice collection – some lovely visuals to inspire.

    The only problem (for me) is that the actual build/implementation of these is often shocking. Half of the Flash-based templates don’t even have a non-Flash backup version beyond a ‘you need to update’ message. Many of those that look nicest from a distance are a bitch to actually use./navigate due to over-reliance on pretty design over functionality. Would be nice to see a bit more focus from designers on usability – after all, nice pictures is a first impression, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, they won’t count for much.

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  34. honour chick
    September 23, 2011

    great compilation. very inspiration indeed.

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  35. Design Vibe Creative
    October 3, 2011

    Great list of sites, very retro and vintage!

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  36. katalog tasarımı
    December 30, 2011

    nice sharing.. thank you..

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  37. Sanjay Mistry
    January 2, 2012

    Brilliant collection!

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  38. Aljoša
    January 30, 2012

    What a great list – here’s another one…
    http://www.byronlang.net/

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  39. Mayara Mattos
    July 25, 2012

    Lindos!!! otimas postagens…com um toque de criatividade enorme voce transforma o vintage em algo moderno e atual…parabens!

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  40. Darlanne
    September 18, 2012

    I keep coming back to this list for inspiration and there are so many wonderful vintage/retro designs. But Media Boom is just about the most amazing design I’ve seen in ages. What an experience! I felt like I was back walking around in the 40′s.

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  41. Stuart
    June 28, 2013

    Great! I need some inspiration for a website design i’m working on for a client. Thank you for this!

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