50 Retro and Vintage Web Designs to Inspire You

By / Mar 29, 2010 / Inspiration

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

  • http://wpfolios.com WpFolios

    great list my all time favourite “fortyseven media”

  • http://www.nymfont.com Lauren

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

  • http://inspiredmonster.com Sam

    Great source of inspiration!

  • http://www.attitudedesign.co.uk Attitude Design | Graphic Design Portfolio

    Some really cool designs here. Love the vintage look!

  • Maurício Bastos

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

  • http://tn-photographics.com Toby

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

  • http://www.twitter.com/snarphblat Hillary H.

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

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

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

  • http://gustavscirulis.com Gustavs Cirulis

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

  • http://41six.com Adam | Toronto Web Development

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

  • http://www.iandevlin.com Ian Devlin

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

  • http://er-was-eens.net Robine

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

  • http://orangeapple.com Jake

    Some great inspiration here. Love these looks…

  • Martin

    i really hate this style

  • http://3circlestudio.com/ Justin Carroll

    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.

  • Batfan

    Nice list but, you missed one 😉

    http://www.fisticuffdesign.com/

  • http://claytoncorreia.com/ Clayton Correia

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

  • http://www.vectorilla.com vector graphics

    great old-style web sites thanks

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

    What an inspiring collection you have here.

    edgewater & prahba are my favorite.

  • http://www.flodesign.co.uk Russell Poulter

    Some great sites. Thanks for this.

    Bookmarked!

  • http://www.fallingsquirreldesign.com Jordan

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

  • http://www.joshmedrano.com Josh

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

  • http://wion.com Destry Wion

    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.)

    • http://fiveespressos.com Daniel Hefferan

      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!

  • http://www.tomryandesign.com Tom

    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!

  • http://www.509media.com 509 Media

    Very cool. Thanks for posting.

  • Brian

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

  • http://www.mentesmodernas.com.br André

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

  • http://newwebzen.com Jesse

    Great list, I love this style of web design.

  • http://www.thatsnicedesign.co.uk Faye

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

  • http://www.retroclock.org retro clocks

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

  • http://designbytanya.com Tanya

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

  • http://www.howtotutorialvideos.com/ Renda

    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

  • ollie

    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.

  • http://www.honourchick.com/blog honour chick

    great compilation. very inspiration indeed.

  • http://www.design-vibe.co.uk Design Vibe Creative

    Great list of sites, very retro and vintage!

  • http://www.grafikrim.com katalog tasarımı

    nice sharing.. thank you..

  • http://www.innov8graphics.com/ Sanjay Mistry

    Brilliant collection!

  • Aljoša

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

  • Mayara Mattos

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

  • http://darlanne.com Darlanne

    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.

  • http://www.despicablememinions.net Stuart

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