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