30 Fonts Perfect for Vintage and Retro Style Design

By / Mar 26, 2010 / Freebies

A Vintage or retro style design is meant to transport it’s audience decades into the past. Designers try to do this by using various design elements such as textures and patterns from a certain time period. But it’s also important to use accurate typography from the time period you are trying to represent.

In this post, we’ve rounded up 30 excellent vintage and retro fonts that you can use in your designs. You’ll notice that these font’s range from a 1920’s look all the way up to the retro typography style of the 50’s.

Matchbook

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Bazar, Medium

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Embossed Black

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Ugly Qua

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Hill House

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Shrewsbury-Condensed Bold

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Caslon

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Seaside Resort

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Fontleroy Brown

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Fusty Saddle

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Dirty Ames

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Bolton

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Dymaxion

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Just Old Fashion

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Riesling

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Goudy Bookletter 1911

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Opera-Lyrics-Smooth

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Carnivalee Freakshow

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Circus Ornate

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Upper East Side

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Brandon Grotesque Regular (free until April 15)

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Ballpark

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East Market

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BP Script

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Rocket Script

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Arwen

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Anagram

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Louisianne

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Lemon Chicken

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Anastasia

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About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • http://devisefunction.com Matthew Heidenreich

    really digging Bazar, Medium. Thanks for this list!

  • http://zoomxsolutions.com Catalin

    Thanks Henry, matchbook and bazar are my favorites

  • Ben

    really awesome list of freebies. as a type lover, i always get into this stuff. keep in mind you have gotta check out http://www.pilo.me the typography forum with about every font imagineable (free or exclusive). im pretty sure eames century modern was just released there last week. anyhow, check it out and thanks again for the wonderful post!

  • http://www.emmanuelamar.fr emmanuel

    I often see font collections, but THIS one wonderful! Thanks

  • http://www.typodermic.com/ Ray Larabie

    Anastasia is a copy of ITC Anna, ripped off by WSI and licensed to Canon as an OEM font.

    http://www.sanskritweb.net/forgers/wsi.pdf

    • http://www.jhames.com/ Jhames

      Yeah, I’m a little confused here. How can some of these fonts be free when they’ve been ripped and “licensed”?

      Hill House is a copy of ITC Rennie Mackintosh and Louisianne is a copy of ITC Einhorn.

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    This is a great list of fonts.

  • http://er-was-eens.net Robine

    Loving this!!

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Damian Smith

    Thank you very much for some of these! I think im actually in love with Riesling, perfect font for hotel/restaurant style websites. Been on the look out for something like that for a while now actually. (Never can be bothered sifting through font websites)

    Always good to have someone pick out some really nice (and free) fonts for you.

    I’m finding at the moment that rather than my layout its my font choices that are making some of my designs really stand out. Was pretty rubbish at typography when I first started designing but I’m starting to get the hang of it.

  • Batfan

    Fantastic collection! Nice to see retro fonts making a comeback :)

  • http://www.bebop-ad.com BebopDesigner

    Brilliant collection! This will be really really handy… thanks for sharing

  • http://lenatailor.designerteam.info Lena Tailor

    Thanks for this Long list
    Louisianne is amazing…

  • http://lava360.com lava360blog

    great fonts with retro and vintage look. thanks for share

  • bigyaz

    Head says Caslon, but that’s really Caslon Antique.

  • http://www.varloodesign.com nate

    What about Mailart Rubberstamp? http://www.dafont.com/mailart-rubberstamp.font

    Great font

  • http://mobilethemesworld.net/ TheShadow

    Thanks for this wonderful sets of fonts

  • http://www.addtodesign.com Mathew Carpenter

    Great list! Will definitely help on those vintage projects. 😉

  • http://fbrushes.com Joefrey Mahusay

    Thanks a lot.. Great post :)

  • http://siddatwork.com Sidd

    Thanks. Very useful indeed.

  • http://www.siteme.com Web Design

    Thanks a lot.. Great post

  • http://www.laurenwolffdesign.com LW Design

    I have a Vintage style site coming up and this resource will be perfect.

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  • http://ice-horse.de Birgit

    that’s a nice and handy resource collection, thanks!

  • http://www.derekkirk.com Derek

    Great list thanks for posting!

  • http://www.lonocreative.com lono

    great font collection

  • http://designthoughtfortheday.blogspot.com Ted Rex

    Fantastic collection. I already have one of these fonts in mind for an ad I’m putting together.

    I featured this page as one of my three links for today’s Design Thought blog:
    http://designthoughtfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/04/04-13-better-blog-vintage-fonts.html

    All the best, Ted

  • http://www.reimaginedesigns.com Marty

    O! I am so excited! I definitely did not have some of these in my library…

  • http://dressupgirl.ru/ Vikusik

    Thanks, for a collection of good fonts!

  • http://www.brettwidmann.com Brett Widmann

    This is a great collection! My favorite is Arwin.

  • http://www.theraisak.com Theraisa K

    I really like these fonts, especially Matchbook and Rocket Script. Great collection.

  • Laura N

    Thank you thank you thank you! I am designing a newsletter for my Father-in-Law’s vintage car club. Ballpark is exactly what I was looking for, and without having to wade through a zillion font sites! (Fun, but a time sucker). You just saved my Sunday afternoon.

  • nariadelsol

    i will use upper east side formy design in director thanks so much 😉

  • http://juanabad.tumblr.com Juan Abad

    Nice collection! Anagram and Upper East Side look fantasic!

  • http://bickov.com Alexander Bickov

    Amazing collection, thanks

  • Mikey

    Thanks for Bazar, it’s really come in handy.

  • http://www.kabeerkhan.com kabeer khan

    really awesome collection !

  • http://www.hannadesign.com Laura W

    Great font ideas for some projects I’m working on. Thanks!

  • Ruben Dario

    Excellent!! Thanks!