40 Vintage Advertisements for Design Inspiration

Design inspiration can come from anywhere. Web designers tend to look for inspiration from the design of other websites, but there is a lot that can be gained by taking inspiration from a variety of different sources. Print design, advertisement design, packaging design, photography, architecture, and the list could go on.

In this post we’ll showcase 40 vintage/retro advertisements. The ads shown here represent a wide variety of different products, and they showcase different design styles as well.

AC Spark Plugs

Vintage Advertisements

Old Gold Cigarettes

Vintage Advertisements

Black & White Whiskey

Vintage Advertisements

Electrolux

Vintage Advertisements

Career Club Shirts

Vintage Advertisements

Max Factor

Vintage Advertisements

Ford Fairlane

Vintage Advertisements

Lytegem

Vintage Advertisements

Campbell’s Soup

Vintage Advertisements

Burroughs Corporation

Vintage Advertisements

Handi Wrap

Vintage Advertisements

Fresh Start

Vintage Advertisements

Honda

Vintage Advertisements

Fiat

Vintage Advertisements

Cannon Royal Family

Vintage Advertisements

Budweiser

Vintage Advertisements

Western Electric

Vintage Advertisements

Ortalion

Vintage Advertisements

Natural Wonder

Vintage Advertisements

Lucky Strike

Vintage Advertisements

Lucky Strike

Vintage Advertisements

International Harvester Refrigerator

Vintage Advertisements

Chanel

Vintage Advertisements

Pontiac

Vintage Advertisements

Howe Bicycles

Vintage Advertisements

Double Diamond

Vintage Advertisements

Budweiser

Vintage Advertisements

Buick

Vintage Advertisements

7-Up

Vintage Advertisements

Mercury Comet

Vintage Advertisements

Coke

Vintage Advertisements

Sands

Vintage Advertisements

Coke

Vintage Advertisements

Coke

Vintage Advertisements

Chevrolet Impala

Vintage Advertisements

Holiday Inn

Vintage Advertisements

Chevy II Nova

Vintage Advertisements

Bank of America Traveler’s Checks

Vintage Advertisements

Pennsylvania Railroad

Vintage Advertisements

Sheaffer’s Pen

Vintage Advertisements

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  • aledesign.it, August 2, 2011

    I like the advertisements on soft drinks. is nice to see how the Coke over
    the years to maintain the same graphics

  • Ryan Leaper, August 2, 2011

    A very fascinating and indeed inspirational showcase. It’s true that no matter what the medium whether its for web or print having a good idea and strong concept is what engages the viewer or user. Retro design is still very popular at the moment so this will prove to be a valuable resource for many designers I’m sure. I do particularly like the Natural Wonder advert, very eye catching (slightly surreal even) and gets across the message effectively. Great idea for a showcase, it’d be great to see other non web inspiration.

  • juegos de chicas, August 2, 2011

    really useful thanks

  • hawaii web design, August 2, 2011

    I just love the vintage designs, they are so much fun!

  • Warawick, August 3, 2011

    These are great, I think advertisements like this would still be effective today. Love the retro design and the cartoon style images. Very inspiring, thanks for the post.

  • Roberta, August 3, 2011

    thanks. I love old ads.

  • Raj, August 3, 2011

    Thanks for the inspiration! I guess these ads were picked from old copies of Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping or Better Homes and Gardens. I might rummage through my copies of old magazines collecting dust in the house!

  • Blaz, August 3, 2011

    Love love love this post! Big retro design fan and some of these oldies take the cake! The illustrative style is just something you dont see in today’s design / art worlds, well not in the masses!

    The fashion, the messages/copy used & rustic look to most of the ads really is a style of its own.

    Bring back retro I say!

  • Nirmal Kotecha, August 3, 2011

    I like all the advertisement designs. Its very nice to see how the Coke over
    the years to maintain the same graphics

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 3, 2011

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

  • Paul, August 3, 2011

    Thank you for sharing these, I actually have a collection of vintage ads. I’ve got the Chanel poster.

    I wish advertising agencies would reintroduce beauty to their industry.

  • Jenn, August 4, 2011

    LOVE vintage ads, especially the really graphicy ones like Ortalion and Black & White Whiskey. Personally, I’d love to start a collection of vintage cosmetic and beauty ads!

  • Yasar Ev, August 4, 2011

    Great & creative advertisements. Nice to see all designs. Yes, it is Very inspiring, thanks for the post and good work.

  • How to Design a Website, August 4, 2011

    Hi. I like the advertisement of Pennsylvania Railroad. It was really so nice.
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    Allen

  • Give Graphics, August 4, 2011

    nice post! it is great pleasure to visit your site. thanks!!

  • J, August 4, 2011

    That dude in the HandiWrap ad is a bit creepy.

  • Krishna, December 6, 2011

    Loving the vintage style at the minute.. some awesome inspiration here!! :)