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Vintage designs

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

July 26, 2017
Ha Bun Shu: a book dedicated to waves design
Ha Bun Shu: a book dedicated to waves design

The Han Bu Shu by Mori Yuzan was published in 1919, it presents a wonderful collection of patterns of waves. The artist, who lived and worked in Kyoto, is known for his painting and print work in the Nihonga style. You can discover the full book on the Internet Archive and get inspired by the […]

July 22, 2017
Vintage movie and fashion posters by Raymond Gid
Vintage movie and fashion posters by Raymond Gid

Raymond Gid is a French graphic designer who specialized in posters and typography. He started working as early as the 1930s, but his most prominent work was done in the 60s and 70s. Gid created posters for many famous French movies of his time and could be compared a bit to Saul Bass for the […]

January 20, 2017
40 vintage designs on the theme Black & White
40 vintage designs on the theme Black & White

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Print magazine republished some of its archives. You can see some of the designs they published in their portfolio on the theme black and white in the sixties, the rest can be seen on this article.

January 12, 2017
Graphic Stamps: a book about the graphic design of postage stamps
Graphic Stamps: a book about the graphic design of postage stamps

Designing stamps is a great exercise for any graphic designer. In a tiny format, you need to convey ideas and try to make it beautiful. A book was recently published to honor the designers who did the best job at designing stamps. Graphic Stamps: The Miniature Beauty Of Postage Stamps was published by Unit Editions. […]

November 30, 2016
Retro-futuristic movie posters by Laurent Durieux
Retro-futuristic movie posters by Laurent Durieux

With a vintage style, Belgian illustrator Laurent Durieux creates impressive illustrated posters of famous movies. The drawing details, color schemes,… everything about this is wonderful.

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.

August 17, 2016
Anti-alcohol advertising posters from the Soviet era
Anti-alcohol advertising posters from the Soviet era

Soviet Russia was a failure in many aspects, but there is one thing they did right: posters! This series of advertising posters to fight alcoholism are another good example of the great work done by the Russian designers of the time to design good posters.

July 7, 2016
Nostalgic design still gaining steam
Nostalgic design still gaining steam

The Nostalgia Generation. That’s a new moniker given to Millennials, and even Generation Y. And not without reason; diagnosed generationally with ‘early-onset nostalgia’, this generation more than any which has preceded it has a powerful sense of nostalgia which is influencing everything from art to services to fashion. It’s been a well-known fact for marketers […]

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 […]