Love looking at the past’s best designs, this page will give you the best of vintage designs.
The city of Yokohama’s public library took a great initiative and digitized six ancient books dated from the 19th century. These six books depict firework designs by Jinta Hirayama, a master in this art at that time. We have selected a few designs here, the full books can be downloaded from the city of Yokohama’s […]
Trends often emerge from a collective feeling or mood, which is captured by designers in different fields. Retro color pallets, made popular through the emergence of photo filters, is an example of how old-world charm is being reborn into web design. Designers have always kept an eye on the past, and every twenty or so […]
All brides are familiar with the rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” While the color scheme may vary, vintage weddings are all about using old and often borrowed items in new ways. Whether couples want to recreate the sophistication of Victorian England or the excitement of the Roaring 20s, vintage never […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]