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Vintage designs

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

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 […]

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