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Vintage designs

Love looking at the past’s best designs, this page will give you the best of vintage designs.

September 29, 2016
Unknown travel: poster tributes to extinct animals
Unknown travel: poster tributes to extinct animals

A series of posters that was created in a vintage style for Expedia. The vintage posters celebrate some popular travel destinations and the animals that used to live in it and went extinct.

April 29, 2016
Tango with Cows: cubo-futurist art by Vasily Kamenski
Tango with Cows: cubo-futurist art by Vasily Kamenski

In the early 20th century Europe, art movements were popping all over the place. Cubism, that started in France, and Futurism, from proto-fascist Italy, were two of the most famous movements. In Russia, a group of artist decided that they couldn’t decide, so they went ahead and created the cubo-futurist movement to mix both. Among […]

March 7, 2016
Impossible air transportation vehicles by Balthasar Anton Dunker
Impossible air transportation vehicles by Balthasar Anton Dunker

Born a Swedish citizen in Germany in 1746, Balthasar Anton Dunker lived and worked most of his life in Switzerland, where he created illustrations, engravings, pharmaceutical labels, and caricatures. The illustrator was very critical of the hopes his contemporaries were putting in balloon transportation. The two illustrations you can see on this page are imaginary […]

March 3, 2016
When vintage Russian cigarette ads meet constructivism
When vintage Russian cigarette ads meet constructivism

If you enjoy seeing odd advertising from the past, you will not be disappointed by these vintage Russian ads for cigarettes. Most of these feature a typical constructivist look-and-feel and an actually decent design, but the illustrations and selling points are just crazy by today’s standards.

February 17, 2016
Mira calligraphiae monumenta, a calligraphy book from 1561
Mira calligraphiae monumenta, a calligraphy book from 1561

This impressive book was created by Georg Bocskay to showcase his calligraphic skills. Georg Bocskay was a secretary of the Emperor Ferdinand I. The book doesn’t have any kind of litterary interest, but it shows some traditional and creative calligraphy of the time. Bocskay experimented with letterform and decorative forms. He also went quite far in his […]

January 13, 2016
The Roman “Swiss Army knife”
The Roman “Swiss Army knife”

If you think the Swiss invented the concept of the multi-functional tool, you are wrong. Over 1800 years ago, the Romans already had some pretty well designed tools with more than one purpose. This ustensil was used by Romans to eat and included fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife. It can bee seen at The Fitzwilliam Museum.

December 26, 2015
These Victorian-era Christmas cards were dark and funny
These Victorian-era Christmas cards were dark and funny

When you think of the Victorian era, you probably get serious images popping in your head. There is a good reason for that, photos from that period of time required that people stood still to get a clear image. If you do a Google search on images from that era, you’ll see that there are […]

November 2, 2015
Tomorrow was a Montage: a retrospective on the art of collage
Tomorrow was a Montage: a retrospective on the art of collage

I’ve always thought that I was a big fan of vintage Polish posters. Actually, it seems that all the posters I’ve appreciated all these years was the work of one graphic designer: Roman Cieślewicz. Currently, in Cooper Gallery in Dundee, 60 posters of Cieslewicz will be on display for all to see. The designer’s creation used […]

January 27, 2015
15 great vintage poster designs
15 great vintage poster designs

In today’s blog post, here we have the collection of 15 great vintage poster designs that will make you think for seconds or may be minutes. Let’s have a look at them below! Safety division This poster encourages to stay in safety division and beware of shadowy giants coming out of the sea in the […]

January 25, 2015
Beautiful typographic layouts taken from vintage Japanese newspapers
Beautiful typographic layouts taken from vintage Japanese newspapers

Big, bold typography is one of the web design trend I’ve enjoyed the most recently. If you look at these vintage newspapers from Japan, it seems that the trends dates from quite a while ago. Although apparently white space wasn’t really a consideration in the design of the time, these ads and layouts have a […]

January 10, 2015
Vintage-inspired travel posters by NASA for exoplanets
Vintage-inspired travel posters by NASA for exoplanets

NASA recently released a series of vintage-styled posters that promote some of the most famous exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets that orbit around other planets, outside of the solar system, and stay in a potentially habitable zone. Are those posters a glimpse into the future? We will probably not know it… but I hope it is.

October 21, 2014
10 free vintage labels and badges packs
10 free vintage labels and badges packs

Labels and badges are very popular elements in modern web. If you are designing a retro design then it’s not complete without a vintage label. Badges are very powerful to use in promotional and marketing tactics. There are several areas where you can use them. If you have special offer or item on sale then […]

July 20, 2014
Vintage: graphic designs of a short-lived democracy
Vintage: graphic designs of a short-lived democracy

European early 20th history was so dense that we tend to only remember the most spectacular events. However, the history of less influencial countries can reveal some interesting work design-wise. After World War I, the Republic of Latvia was constituted as a parliamentary democracy. It only lasted until World War II, but that period was […]

February 2, 2014
December 7, 2013