’80s Patterns and Backgrounds for Retro Designs

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The ’80s were a time of colorful patterns and loud designs. It was a time when graphic design varied from minimalist deco with sharp angles and pronounced curves, to tropical sunsets and palm trees mixed with geometric shapes and pastel colors, to a brand new digital look that was inspired by the invention of the home computer.

Today, ’80s patterns and ’80s backgrounds that capture the styles that were so popular back then are extremely popular in the world of retro design.

From t-shirts to tote bags and websites to wallpaper, 1980s-inspired prints are popping up all over the place. And there’s no better way to show your retro style than by using an ’80s pattern as the background for your next design project.

Whether you’re creating a website, flyer, or even just a social media post, an ’80s pattern will help you add some righteous retro vibes. So if you’re looking for a way to add some personality to your designs, don’t be afraid to feather your hair, slip into a pair of acid wash jeans, and go totally ’80s!

No matter what your taste in ’80s graphic design may be, we’ve got you covered with this roundup of the best ’80s patterns and backgrounds on the net, including video backgrounds. If you’re into the more digital look, we’ve got patterns and backgrounds that will fit right in. Or, if you’re looking for something more cyberpunk, we’ve got those, too. And if you’re feeling something tropical, neon, or quintessentially ’80s Memphis-Milano style, we’ve definitely got what you need. Whatever your vibe, we’ve got you covered.

And if you love the 1980s, don’t miss our collection of the best 80s fonts.

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’80s Patterns

From neon fashion to geometric prints, everything was louder and brighter in the ’80s. If you’re looking for a way to add visual interest and texture to your retro-inspired designs, look no further than these seamless ’80s patterns. This collection covers a wide range of styles and themes from the neon-soaked decade.

1980s Fashion Patterns Vol. 1

1980s Fashion Patterns Volume 1

Brightly colored squiggles, swashes, dots, lips, grids, geometric shapes, animal print, and more — this collection of 28 totally tubular seamless patterns will help take your ’80s design to the max.

1980s Fashion Patterns Vol. 2

1980s Fashion Patterns Volume 2

From the ’80s pastel graphics in Miami to the vivid power-dressing execs in NYC, this collection of 40 seamless patterns covers the gamut of retro designs. Includes fully editable vector files and high-res JPG swatches.

Memphis Space Seamless Patterns

Memphis Space Seamless Patterns

That classic ’80s graphic style started in Milan, Italy with The Memphis Group. Their work impacted designs all over the world, and original designs are highly collectible today! These seamless patterns were created in the spirit of the Memphis style.

1980s Seamless Pattern

1980s Seamless Pattern

Neon lips, squiggles, bright colors, and a graph — could it be any more eighties? If you’re designing in the ’80s Neon Noir design aesthetic, this is one pattern you should consider.

’80s Style Pattern Pack

80s Style Pattern Pack

Here’s another great pattern set with 21 vintage 80s patterns and backgrounds in the Memphis style. You get 19 seamless patterns and 2 geometric backgrounds. Use them for anything from t-shirts to greeting cards.

’80s Style Seamless Patterns

80s Style Vector Patterns

Here we have 38 easy-to-edit vector seamless patterns in vibrant colors. This set is Memphis-inspired, but with a more free-flowing, watercolor look than the original.

Squiggle Patterns

Squiggle Patterns

Squiggles were big in the ’80s, and here’s a set of 10 fully editable Memphis-style seamless patterns with squiggles galore! Use them for creating textiles, packaging, branding, web design, and more. 

Geometric ’80s Patterns

Geometric 80s Patterns

This collection of 80s patterns has tons of designs in the Memphis style. Choose from abstract maze patterns, black-and-white graphic patterns, neon colors, abstract shapes, circular shapes, and crazy color combinations.

I Need More ’80s Seamless Patterns

I Need More 80s Seamless Patterns

This set of 15 bold style seamless patterns comes in electrifying colors and chaotic shapes. It’s a good choice for fabric designs, party invitations, birthday cards, and social media graphics.

Hello from ’80s

Hello from 80s

Here’s a really well-done set of four seamless patterns inspired by the 80s Memphis style, but still beautiful enough to use in modern-day designs, too. Your download includes editable EPS files and high-res JPG files.

’80s Style Seamless Patterns

80s Style Seamless Patterns

Geometric shapes and bright colors are combined to create this set of 12 seamless patterns with 80s aesthetics. This set includes high-res JPG files and PNG files with transparent backgrounds.

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Party Patterns and Prints

Party Patterns and Prints

It’s an 80s design party and you’re invited! This set is jam-packed with 34 patterns and prints in the Memphis style. Use them for everything from a blog background to social media graphics to packaging design.

’80s Backgrounds

These ’80s backgrounds are the perfect way to add retro style to your designs. From neon sunsets and synthwave patterns to classic ’80s Memphis-style graphics, they’ll help you create a perfect ’80s look. Like, totally. And because they’re high-resolution, they’ll work for everything from posters to party invitations. So go ahead and take a trip down memory lane with these great ’80s backgrounds.

’80s Retro Backgrounds Vol. 1

80s Retro Backgrounds Volume 1

This pack of 10 ’80s retro backgrounds has the classic 1980s synthwave style, featuring a dark background, neon colors, grid patterns,and geometric shapes. Combine them with neon and chrome effects on your ’80s fonts and you’ll knock this look out of the park.

’80s Retro Backgrounds Vol. 2

80s Retro Backgrounds Volume 2

Here’s another collection of 10 totally ’80s backgrounds in high-res JPG. This collection combines the digital and tropical themes that were so popular during the decade.

’80s Retro Backgrounds Vol. 3

80s Retro Backgrounds Volume 3

Volume 3 of the ’80s Retro Backgrounds Collection contains 15 high-res backgrounds with lots of neon and laser effects combined with  geometric shapes, digital style sunsets, palm trees, and synthwave elements. 

’80s Retro Backgrounds

80s Retro Backgrounds

You can practically feel the sting of a slap bracelet on your forearm just by looking at these backgrounds. You can hear the rriiiip of Velcro on a Trapper Keeper. It’s that authentic 80s style tropical sunset design that made us all wish we were in Miami.

Abstract Linear Geometric Backgrounds

Abstract Linear Geometric Backgrounds

Here’s a nod to that 80s design style that was made famous by The Memphis Group. This set includes 1 design in 10 different color combinations. You’ll get editable AI and EPS files plus high-res JPG and PNG.

Retro Synth Wave Background

Retro Synth Wave Background

Isn’t it funny that this ’80s design was so groundbreaking and futuristic back then, but is “retro” now? This retro synthwave background comes in 4K resolution.

Retro Synth Tunnel Background

Retro Synth Tunnel Background

This background would be a great choice for an ’80s dance party poster, ’80s-themed party invitations, or even vintage style social media graphics. It’s got the right look but won’t be too distracting from your message. 

Geometric Shapes Backgrounds

Geometric Shapes Backgrounds

If any one design style defined the entire decade, it would be the Memphis style. Here’s a set of 10 backgrounds inspired by The Memphis Group’s 80s design patterns with their random geometric shapes and vibrant colors.

Gridscape Backgrounds

Gridscape Backgrounds

If your design calls for ’80s grid, synthwave, or digital maze patterns, consider these gridscape patterns. With their dark backgrounds and bright pink color, they fit nicely into the design style of the era.

Neon Grid Backgrounds

Neon Grid Backgrounds

Electrifying neon color against a dark background — these are essential elements of the neon noir graphic design trend of the 1980s. Add some script font, sports cars, bright red lips, and geometric shapes, and you’ve nailed an ’80s aesthetic.

Retro Futuristic Speed Light Backgrounds

Retro Futuristic Speed Light Backgrounds

Use these abstract backgrounds for a not-so-subtle nod to your favorite colorful decade. They’re a good choice for ’80s-futuristic designs. You’ll get 10 fully editable vector files plus high-resolution JPG and PNG.

Retro Wave Elements

Retro Wave Elements

If you’re planning to create a lot of different designs in the ’80s digital style, then this is the set for you! It’s loaded with 45 design elements, 10 gradients, 8 backgrounds, and 13 premade posters all in the retrowave style. 

’80s Digital Paper

80s Digital Paper

Here’s that classic ’80s Memphis style again! This time in cool pastels — which were extremely popular in those days. This set comes with 10 high-res JPG files.

1980s Pink Neon Digital Papers

1980s Pink Neon Digital Papers

When your design calls for neon, have we got the set for you! 12 different high-resolution backgrounds, all different wild and crazy 80s-inspired, vibrant pink neon patterns.

Pink and Purple 1980s Digital Papers

Pink and Purple 1980s Digital Papers

Pink and purple were a hot color combo back in the days when we listened to mix tapes on our Sony Walkmans. When you want to invoke that nostalgic feeling, try using one of these backgrounds in your design.

’80s and ’90s Digital Papers

80s and 90s Digital Papers

Vibrant neon colors and fun geometric shapes in Memphis-style patterns. Could these be any more eighties? Like no duh! You’ll get 16 different high-res files.

’80s and ’90s Digital Papers

80s and 90s Digital Papers Part 2

Graphic shapes, bright neon colors and white are combined to create 16 high-resolution pattern files that are totally ’80s. Use them for anything from scrapbooking to party invitations, or social media graphics to web design. 

Memphis Digital Paper Pack

Memphis Digital Paper Pack

These classic Memphis-style designs are perfect for scrapbooking, giftwrap, website design, party invitations, greeting cards, package design, and more. These feature a more subdued color palette than many of the other backgrounds on this list.

’80s Video Backgrounds

If you’re looking for retro-inspired stock video backgrounds that truly capture the feel of the ’80s, look no further than this collection. Featuring bold neon hues, 1980s music video vibes, geometric patterns, more, these unique backgrounds are perfect for injecting some retro flair into your projects. Whether you’re looking for a classic ’80s new wave style or something a little more cyberpunk, there’s something here to suit your needs.

Retro Abstract Background

Retro Abstract Video Background

This 20-second retro style ’80s clip features abstract geometric shapes, neon blue and pink, a dark background, and that oh-so-eighties grid. It would work well for a cyberpunk or ’80s digital style project.

Japanese ’80s Synthwave

Japanese 80s Synthwave

It’s Japanese meets ’80s synthwave meets kalaidescope meets surf style in this crazy retro loop video. Don’t ask how that all comes together but…somehow it works!

Neon Pattern Geometry

Neon Pattern Geometry

The dark background and neon-colored geometric pattern make this looped video totally ’80s. Use it for the background on an ’80s-themed website.

Retro ’80s Style Animation

Retro 80s Style Animation

This 10-second clip in neon yellow, pink, and black has cool punk vibes and spray paint effects with room for copy. This would make a perfect VHS-style title screen for a retro video.

Glowing Retro Speakers

Glowing Retro Speakers

Funky, glowing abstract speakers in bright neon colors. This 12-second loop would be perfect for a retro music video and for posting lyrics on YouTube.

Retro Futuristic Sci-Fi Loop

Retro Futuristic Sci-Fi Loop

Palm trees and sunsets were so popular in the ’80s, especially when combined with abstract and digital elements. Use this loop for a music video, video game, or wherever you need a retrofuturistic clip.

Retro Futuristic Sci-Fi Loop

Retro Futuristic Sci-Fi Loop 2

If you need an endless clip riding into the neon sunset, look no further! We’ve got your quintessential ’80s loop right here. Make sure you wear your shades.

’80s Retro Mountain

80s Retro Mountain

This 15-second looped clip features a digital mountainous terrain, a sleek digital floor, and that oh-so-eighties sunset, all in fantastic neon color.

HD Sunset Animation

HD Sunset Animation

Here’s another ’80s style sunset loop. With all these options, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your retrofuturistic video project! This one features a vibrant glowing sun.

’80s Retrowave Neon Background

80s Retrowave Neon Background

Neon palm trees break up a digital mountainous terrain in this retrowave video background. Use it for your digital, neon, synthwave, and cyberpunk projects.

Abstract Memphis Retro Style

Abstract Memphis Retro Style

Memphis-Milano strikes again! This looped clip features a black background and spinning geometric shapes in the classic ’80s Memphis style with bright colors. It’s so totally ’80s.

Glowing Neon Tunnel

Glowing Neon Tunnel

This modern CG neon tunnel is a nod to the eighties, in shades of blue, orange and pink with a black background. It also has the vibe of a kalaidescope.

Pattern Geometry

Pattern Geometry

The dark, monochromatic color scheme, abstract shapes, and retrofuturistic grid are all classic ’80s design elements featured in this 15-second loop. It’s a great choice for ’80s website designs.

Shiny Glitter Background

Shiny Glitter Background

We haven’t shown much from the ’80s “cute” design style, which was made famous by Lisa Frank and characterized by bold, bright colors, rainbows, glitter, stars, hearts, unicorns, and cuddly animals. This video would fit right in.

Motion Wave

Motion Wave

If you need a classic ’80s style digital looped background that would work well for retro text animations or title screens, look no further! It’s got the look but it won’t distract from your messaging.

Grid Lights

Grid Lights

This one is retrofuturistic and funky, featuring an abstract digital grid and that ’80s neon glow. Use it for your cyberpunk and ’80s deco motion graphics projects.

Motion Wave VJ

Motion Wave

Neon triangles on a digital grid form a tunnel that takes you straight to the ’80s in this looped stock video clip. Use it for the background anywhere you need to add a blast from the past.

Start Using These ’80s Patterns and Backgrounds Today!

As a designer, you know how important it is to find inspiration from the world around you. And with this radical collection of ’80s patterns and ’80s backgrounds, you’ll have no shortage of inspiration at your fingertips! Whether you’re working on a poster, social media graphics, a fashion line, or a video project, these ’80s graphics are sure to give your project that retro edge you’ve been searching for. We’ve made it easier than solving a Rubik’s Cube!

Featuring a wide range of styles — from cyberpunk to digital, and Memphis to neon — this collection has everything from the ’80s that will help your work stand out in all the right ways. So what are you waiting for? Download some ’80s patterns and backgrounds, throw on some leg warmers, and pump up the volume. It’s time to get your ’80s on!