Retro Inspiration

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Retro is a word that derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning “backwards” or “in past times”. I think extremely interesting that we look back and get inspired by designs produced a while back, or even some recent ones that use the retro style. Since Friday is always a good day to relax and browse some inspiring images, we decided to gather a list with retro inspiration to show you.

Thanks to ISO50, my number one source for retro inspiration, I discovered two amazing Flickr galleries: Advertising Hitchcock and Eric Carl. These guys have so many beautiful and inspiring retro images that I decided to gather some examples to share with you. It’s really good to pay attention to the images and notice typography, colors and shapes, this can be indeed pretty inspiring.

Advertising Hitchcock

Psycho (1960)

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The 39 Steps (1935)

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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The Birds (1963)

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Frenzy (1972)

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Eric Carl

Covers – Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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Omni Magazine

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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

7 Comments

  1. Ted Thompson
    June 10, 2011

    Some beautiful poster designs, the style of some of them remind me of illustrations I used to see in old books I read as a kid; in particular The 39 and the Foreign Correspondent. All slightly spoilt though by the image of the Honda CX500 at the bottom!

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  2. Brook
    June 10, 2011

    Great stuff Gisele!

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  3. Toronto Web Design Company
    June 10, 2011

    This is one of a kind article! Thanks for sharing. I guess the best one is the ‘Omni’ design. It is truly a ‘Retro’ icon.

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  4. Snoggle News
    June 10, 2011

    Total. retro. inspiration. I am loving it and need to launch a retro website soon!

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  5. David Haw
    June 12, 2011

    awesome collection, I love the retro designs

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  6. Lex Koff
    June 14, 2011

    Sweet! Thanks!

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  7. Evan Skuthorpe
    June 23, 2011

    I love old design from the 1950′s and 60′s. These are great.

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