Beautiful Vintage Design: Showcase and Resources

The vintage style is very popular in web design right now and has been mastered by many designers. Vintage-style designs typically include textures, colors and some items that give it that vintage feel. In this post we’ll showcase some excellent examples for your inspiration, and we’ll also feature some resources, like textures and Photoshop brushes, to help in your own vintage-style design.

Showcase of Vintage Inspired Design:

If you’re looking for inspiration for some of the best vintage-styled web designs, here is our collection of more than 25 of them. You’ll see that the vintage approach to design is used in a wide variety of industries and for all different types of websites.

Heartbreaker Fashion

Heartbreaker Fashion

The New York Moon

The New York Moon

Edgewater Cottage Community

Edgewater Cottage Community

Farinella Italian Bakery

Farinella Italian Bakery

McLanahan Studio

McLanahan Studio

Francesco Molezzi

Francesco Molezzi

47

47

Cottonseed Oil

Cottonseed Oil

Edgepoint Church

Edgepoint Church

The Greg Brady Project

The Greg Brady Project

Jeff Sarmiento

Jeff Sarmiento

Slabovia

Slabovia

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

The Dollar Dreadful

The Dollar Dreadful

Level 2 Design

Level 2 Design

DeVotchKa

DeVotchKa

Five Cent Stand

Five Cent Stand

Jared Campbell

Jared Campbell

Eight Two Design

Eight Two Design

The Wayward Irregular

The Wayward Irregular

The Hipstery

The Hipstery

Team Fannypack

Team Fannypack

This by Them

This by Them

ReadyPhotoSite

ReadyPhotoSite

Attack from Planet B

Attack from Planet B

The Art of Non-Conformity

The Art of Non-Conformity

Armada Creative

Armada Creative

Mom & Popcorn

Mom & Popcorn

Vintage Photoshop Brushes:

The use of Photoshop brushes is one of the easiest ways to give your work a vintage touch. There are a number of quality, free brush sets available with a vintage theme. Here you’ll find a collection of over 200 vintage brushes.

Old Signs (10 brushes)

Old Signs

Postage Label Brushes (15 brushes)

Postage Label Brushes

Assorted Maps (14 brushes)

Assorted Maps

1940 Cosmopolitan Brushes (48 brushes)

1940 Cosmopolitan Brushes

Old Postage Stamp Brushes (20 brushes)

Old Postage Stamp Brushes

Old Post Cards (9 brushes)

Old Post Cards

Vintage Fruit Brushes (11 brushes)

Vintage Fruit Brushes

Vintage Hands (14 brushes)

Vintage Hands

Old Essentials Brushes (29 brushes)

Old Essentials Brushes

Vintage Harley Davidsons (11 brushes)

Vintage Harley Davidsons

Stamp Brushes (15 brushes)

Stamp Brushes

Old Brushes 2 (10 brushes)

Old Brushes 2

Vintage Textures:

The right textures are essential for creating an effective vintage-styled design. Here you’ll find a collection of some of the best free vintage textures available.

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

Vintage Textures

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  • Ramsey, August 9, 2010

    Awesome post! Thank you for the resources! I do a lot of vintage/retro style designs (including my own website) so this post is going to come in handy! Thanks Vandelay!

  • OfficeCavalry.com, August 9, 2010

    I love this style. Haven’t used it for a while, but this has inspired me to start thinking about it again.

  • Bret Juliano, August 9, 2010

    The Ernest Hemingway Collection is a great looking vintage site, truly fits with the personality of Hemingway.

  • Good Web Design, August 9, 2010

    Nice collection. Some oldies but some really good ones as well. Curious to know if the vintage trend is still hot or slowly dying away…?

  • Web Design Portfolio, August 10, 2010

    some of these are really cool. thanks.

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 10, 2010

    Ramsey,
    Great, I’m glad it can provide some inspiration.

    Bret,
    I agree, that is one of my favorite sites shown here.

  • kolli Hills, August 10, 2010

    Awesome post and my favorite is Heartbreaker Fashion

  • Kevin, August 10, 2010

    Awesome, definitely going to use this!

  • Adel Austin, August 11, 2010

    Nice designs.

  • web designer manchester, August 11, 2010

    Hi. Thanks a lot for posting all the web designs and textures. I really liked the textures, especially the one with the beautiful vintage Europe map design. Thanks. Good Luck :)

  • Wildreason, August 11, 2010

    AWESOME post! I love vintage sites. Of the sites, nineteen47 is definitely my favorite. Reminds me of childhood. Bookmarked for all the brushes and textures. Especially the map texture.

  • vibram, August 12, 2010

    wow .I indulge in this..
    I like the desighs..They have some some history and stories.
    I believe that this is worth to collect

  • Federica Sibella, August 12, 2010

    Hi, thank you for the great inspiration and the precious resources. We also did a vintage design for one of our last project: http://www.festeggiano.it take a look if you like!

  • Batfan, August 12, 2010

    Great post! Don’t forget about this one …

    http://www.fisticuffdesign.com/

  • Charles, August 12, 2010

    Five Cent Stand (fivecentstand.com) is an automatic failure in my book because it intrusively resized my window.

  • Hanibaal, August 12, 2010

    Love them!
    I am not a designer but a developer but they are certainly inspiring!

  • Christian, August 13, 2010

    AWESOME post! I adulation best sites. Of the sites, nineteen47 is absolutely my favorite. Reminds me of childhood. Bookmarked for all the brushes and textures. Especially the map texture.

  • Sandra, August 14, 2010

    I like them alot. They are usually brightly colored or in black and white only. They are simple and easy to follow what you want. I think today, people can get, too creative and take away from what they want to sell. I like the way you all give both sides of the page for people to make up their own minds. Keep up the good work.

  • kratosellas, August 15, 2010

    AWESOME post! I love vintage sites. Of the sites, nineteen47 is definitely my favorite. Reminds me of childhood. Bookmarked for all the brushes and textures. Especially the map texture.http://kratosellas.blogspot.com

  • coachhandbagsonsale, August 16, 2010

    team fannypack catches my whole attention. the rest were good, but I’m always a fan of old newspapers! I go crazy with that!

  • DSM Design, August 18, 2010

    great post, gorgeous designs! thank you! :)

  • kettering plasterer, August 20, 2010

    gotta love a bit of old school!!

  • Awesome showcase. Textures are really great. Thanks for share. :)

  • 4 paredes, November 22, 2010

    Great list!, We would like to show our own vintage design for more inspiration!