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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 23, 2019
Old Bulgarian Lottery Tickets Were Winning at Design
Old Bulgarian Lottery Tickets Were Winning at Design

I couldn’t find much information about these lottery tickets from communist Bulgaria, but the design alone makes it worth sharing here. Heavily inspired by Russian constructivism, these tickets are an amazing display of great layouts produced with abstract shapes only. Images via Delcampe.net.

June 7, 2019
Planet Mercury Comics by Butcher Billy
Planet Mercury Comics by Butcher Billy

Butcher Billy is an illustrator based in Curitiba, Brazil. He creates powerful illustrations in a comic book style and has a real talent for creating a vintage look-and-feel in his art. One of his most popular illustration series is this Planet Mercury work. In it, the artist integrated rockstar Freddy Mercury into comics covers and […]

June 5, 2019
Canada Modern: a Digital Archive of Canadian Graphic Design
Canada Modern: a Digital Archive of Canadian Graphic Design

Canada Modern is a physical and digital archive of Canadian graphic design, with modernism central to its glowing heart. It’s a great display of what has been achieved by Canadian designers and a good way to promote the country’s image overseas.

April 5, 2019
Not Your Ordinary Matchbox Art: Drunk Cats at the Bar
Not Your Ordinary Matchbox Art: Drunk Cats at the Bar

On the Internet, there are two types of content that people never seem to get tired of: cats doing silly stuff and drunk people doing even sillier stuff. These premisces set, you can easily imagine the viral potential of these illustrations of drunk cats doing silly things. These matchboxes with a vintage look-and-feel illustrative style […]

March 11, 2019
99designs celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus by redesigning famous logos
99designs celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus by redesigning famous logos

Shortly after the world was shaken by World War I, a design school in Weimar, Germany, was established by Walter Gropius, a German architect. Although the impact can’t be compared to the horror brought by the first World War, the Bauhaus movement was much bigger than just a regular design school. Gropius’ school influenced the […]

December 12, 2018
19th century fireworks illustrations from Japan
19th century fireworks illustrations from Japan

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 […]

March 9, 2018
Designing with retro colors: showcase and tips
Designing with retro colors: showcase and tips

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 […]

January 30, 2018
4 Design Trends for Creating the Perfect Vintage Wedding
4 Design Trends for Creating the Perfect Vintage Wedding

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 […]

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.