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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 design.

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.

If you’re looking for inspiration for some of the best vintage-styled web designs, here is our collection of more than 15 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.

Caava Design

Caava Design

Psych & Psych

Psych & Psych

CIRQ

CIRQ

Prahba

Prahba

Kitchen Sink Studios

Kitchen Sink Studios

Sniper vs. Spy

Sniper vs. Spy

Amelia Earhart Book

Amelia Earhart Book

Bean Exchange

Bean Exchange

City Dog

City Dog

Hanzell

Hanzell

The Threepenny Editor

The Threepenny Editor

The Big State Festival

The Big State Festival

Farinella Italian Bakery

Farinella Italian Bakery

Cottonseed Oil

Cottonseed Oil

The Greg Brady Project

The Greg Brady Project

The Dollar Dreadful

The Dollar Dreadful

Team Fannypack

Team Fannypack

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 Hands (14 brushes)

Vintage Hands

Old Essentials Brushes (29 brushes)

Old Essentials Brushes

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

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