Showcase of Vintage-Inspired Websites

When it comes to trends, we all know that they move in circles. What goes around usually comes around, at least within a couple of decades. Retrospectives at art galleries, musical homages and retro interiors are all mining the past for inspiration, as old as the source material it ‘borrows’ from.

However, where it seems peculiar to cherish all things old-school is in digital design. Considering the relative newness of the media, it’s almost incongruent to use retro elements when digital usually strives to be at the cutting-edge of technology. However the most fashionable and exciting brands are all embracing vintage design and the number of sites that are launching with a retro-vibe is definitely on the up.

Perhaps it’s to add a touch of personality and familiarity to an otherwise cold medium of communication. Or perhaps it’s simply where other trends lead, digital follows. It could be a throwback to simpler eras. Or maybe it’s all down to the iPhone’s Instagram app. whatever the reason, vintage logos, photography; colour palettes and imagery are all big news right now.

And perhaps what’s most interesting about this trend is that it somehow manages to feel new. Retro web design is incredibly current, whether you’re pilfering from the 1960s, the roaring twenties or the Berlin burlesque of the 1930s.

Ribbons, banners, textures, patterns and grainy photography are just a few of the ways you can sculpt your site from the annals of history and add a sentimental edge. Here we take a look at 25 excellent examples of vintage-inspired digital design.

Caava Design

Caava Design

Oh My Deer!

Oh My Deer!

40Digits

40Digits

Psych & Psych

Psych & Psych

CIRQ

CIRQ

Prahba

Prahba

Beatbox Academy

Beatbox Academy

Kitchen Sink Studios

Kitchen Sink Studios

Sniper vs. Spy

Sniper vs. Spy

Amelia Earhart Book

Amelia Earhart Book

Reklama-Audio.pl

Reklama-Audio.pl

Carrozzeria Verga

Carrozzeria Verga

All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes

Bean Exchange

Bean Exchange

City Dog

City Dog

Smultron

Smultron

Hanzell

Hanzell

Neversink

Neversink

The Threepenny Editor

The Threepenny Editor

Michela Chiucini

Michela Chiucini

Style 4 You

Style 4 You

The Big State Festival

The Big State Festival

B.B. Barn

B.B. Barn

Venique

Venique

Grain & Mortar

Grain & Mortar

About the Author:

Amie enjoys beautiful web design and writing about them, she is web fanatic working at whoishostingthis.com This is site focusing on reviews for different web hosts, read more about their services on her company website.

Published March 5th, 2013 by

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  • Paul Clapp, March 5, 2013

    Some nice looking sites here, I’m always on the lookout for more vintage inspiration.

  • Andra, March 6, 2013

    Oh my deer! is my favorite. Probably because of the intricate origami – love it.

  • Eddie, March 7, 2013

    My favorite is the Grain & Mortar.
    Although on second thought. The BB barn is also pretty cool.
    Thanks for sharing
    Eddie

  • sher yar, March 9, 2013

    making vintage theme are not easy skills as it requires lots of hardwork as a designer i dont try vintage design alot….. but they look great

  • Duncan, March 11, 2013

    The use of colours in retro designs is really effective. Can’t quite put my finger on how it’s done, but it gives a feeling of quality and class, a bit like the current TV advert for galaxy, with Audrey Hepburn. Just completely stylish.

  • Joe Black, March 13, 2013

    Wow great designs! These are really stylish and impressive especially 40Digits. Waiting for next post!