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’90s Patterns and Backgrounds for Authentic 1990s Designs

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Designs of the ’90s were funky, fresh, and all about expression. And what better way to bring that fun, retro vibe to your current projects than with bold patterns and backgrounds reminiscent of the gnarly 1990s?

These retro designs are still popular today and can add a touch of nostalgia to any project. In this article, we’ve rounded up the best ’90s patterns and backgrounds to bring fun to your graphic design projects.

When using ’90s patterns and backgrounds in your designs, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

  1. Less is more. A little ’90s flavor can go a long way, so don’t go overboard with the patterns and colors.
  2. Consider the overall tone of your project. ’90s patterns can be fun and playful, or they can be moody and dark. Choose patterns that fit the tone you’re going for.
  3. Have fun! ’90s patterns and backgrounds are all about expressions and personality, so let your creativity shine through.

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’90s Patterns

Graphic designs from the ’90s stood out from the crowd. While many of these are now considered classics, they’re still popular among designers today. Here are some of our favorite ’90s patterns.

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’90s-Y2K Graphic Pattern Collection

90s patterns

This massive collection of 170 fun, colorful, ’90s-inspired graphics and patterns is sure to transport you to a simpler time. Featuring floral designs and simple shapes with bright colors and pastels, you can’t help but smile when you see this joyful collection. You’ll get 78 different elements, including 24 seamless patterns in vector and high-res JPG.

’90s Branding Patterns

'90s Branding Patterns

Talk about a blast from the past! This collection of ten different vector Adobe Illustrator files and high-resolution PNG raster images is full of vibrant, nostalgic reminders of days gone by. You’ll see VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, old-school video game controllers, records, and Rubik’s cubes, combined with that retro pattern style and bright colors that are so reminiscent of the decade. 

Memphis Futura Patterns

Memphis Futura Patterns

Inspired by the Memphis Group, an agency that made this style of abstract pattern background famous in the ’80s and ’90s, this collection of 30 patterns is perfect for your postmodern, retro-nineties designs. Use them to create textiles, branding materials, packaging, wall art, and more. You’ll get 30 AI files, 30 EPS files, 10 JPG files, and 20 PNG files with transparent backgrounds.

’90s Vibe Game Classic Console Seamless Pattern

Game Console Seamless Pattern

The ’90s were not only known for bright colors, but that’s when video games really started making their way into everyone’s homes. So what better way to highlight the retro nineties than with a vibrant video game console seamless pattern? You’ll get an Illustrator AI, an EPS, and a high-res JPG with your download. Easily edit and customize the colors to fit your needs.

’90s Vibes Seamless Pattern

90s Vibes Seamless Pattern

With its groovy smiley face flowers, cute bubble gum lips, vibrant colors, and a hint of Memphis-style geometric patterns, this seamless pattern is all ’90s vibes. It’s perfect for creating your own textile fabric design, using it for a background, or for any ’90s-inspired graphic design project. The download comes with a vector EPS, high-res tileable JPG, and high-res PNG with a transparent background. 

’90s Vibe Roller Skates Seamless Pattern

90s Vibe Roller Skates Seamless Pattern

If you were a child of the ’90s, chances are you strapped on a pair of roller skates more than once! This seamless pattern is an ode to one of the great pastimes of the decade. Decorated in vibrant colors, of course, with colorful Memphis-style geometric elements in the background. You’ll get vector AI and EPS files so you can edit as you please. You’ll also get a high-res tileable JPG.

Memphis Seamless Patterns

Memphis Seamless Patterns

Here’s a cool collection of nine handmade colorful Memphis patterns to use in your retro-’90s graphic designs. You’ll get a set of 9 high-res JPGs and another set of 9 high-res JPGs with a worn effect. These are unique, in that they have the classic geometry Memphis is known for, but with a fresh hand-painted look. Use them for branding, textiles, or anywhere that calls for a colorful pattern.

Memphis Seamless Patterns

Memphis Seamless Patterns

The Memphis style was made popular in the ’80s, but it was still going strong in the ’90s. This collection of colorful Memphis patterns is a throwback to that popular trend. It includes nine seamless geometric patterns in vivid colors — red, blue, yellow, black, and orange. But, if you don’t like the colors, these seamless pattern vector files are fully editable.

Memphis Digital Papers

Memphis Digital Papers

Remember chewing Bubble Yum and listening to your Walkman? This rad set of 25 different ’90s-inspired Memphis-style seamless colorful patterns will bring you back to the good ol’ days. These paper patterns are great for scrapbooking, crafts, textiles, and anywhere you can use the ’90s or ’80s style texture. You’ll get 25 PNG files and 25 JPG files — all high-resolution and 100% seamless.

Abstract Memphis Patterns

Abstract Memphis Style Patterns

We’ve got a lot more of the Memphis style everyone loved so much in the ’90s, only this set is a little bit different. This pack comes with ten abstract backgrounds, all with colorful Memphis-style graphics with a unique hipster twist. You’ll get high-res JPG files and AI vector illustrations, so use them for anything from textile designs to retro graphics. 

Memphis Pop Shapes Seamless Patterns

Memphis Pop Shapes Seamless Patterns

Memphis meets Pop with this set of seamless vector patterns! Zigzags, circles, triangles, pluses, and crosses are standard geometric shapes in the Memphis style, making up these fun and funky pop art color backgrounds that are great for a wide range of designs, from party invitations to retro flyers to website backgrounds. 

Round Decor Memphis Seamless Patterns

Round Decor Memphis Seamless Patterns

Fun patterns are a hallmark of nineties graphic design, and this collection of stylish and creative abstract patterns totally fits the bill. You’ll get ten different color schemes, so you’re sure the find one that’s perfect for your project. But, even if you don’t, the download includes vector and raster files so you can edit it to suit your needs.

Abstract Geometric Seamless Patterns

Abstract Geometric Seamless Patterns

Irregular cubes, triangles, geometric elements, and retro-style doodles make up this abstract pattern background that’s perfect for social media wallpapers, party invitations, website graphics, scrapbooking, fabric design, and more. You’ll get high-res JPG, PNG, and vector AI and EPS.

Retro Shapes Seamless Patterns

Retro Shapes Seamless Patterns

Looking at this pattern makes you feel like you’ve been whisked away to The Max, waiting for Zack Morris and Screech to show up. These seamless patterns feature the zigzags, circles, triangles, and other geometric elements of the colorful Memphis style. You’ll get 10 different patterns, in AI, EPS, PNG, and JPG. 

Y2K Wavy Patterns Collection

Y2K Wavy Patterns Collection

Daisies, wavy designs, animal prints, and abstract shapes are all reminiscent of ’90s and Y2K trends. This collection will totally give you those retro vibes! Use them for creating custom fabrics and textiles, scrapbooking, postcards, and more. This collection comes with 40 different vector EPS, 40 high res JPG, and 40 PNG with transparent backgrounds. Easy to edit colors to suit your needs.

Doodled ’90s Patterns

Doodled 90s Patterns

Trends may come and go but nostalgia will never go out of style! This set of super cute hand-drawn, ’90s-inspired doodle illustrations, design elements, and patterns can be used for everything from greeting cards to event flyers, party invitations, gift wrap, and fabrics. The collection comes with a whopping 83 different EPS files — including 10 seamless patterns. You’ll also get them in high resolution JPG.

’90s Patterns

1990s Patterns

This massive collection of ’90s clipart, quotes, design elements, backgrounds, posters, and more comes with tons of wicked cool stuff you can use to design anything that’s reminiscent of the 1990’s. With colorful elements like vintage cassette vector illustrations, roller skates and rainbows, daisies and butterflies, you’ll find hundreds of retro graphics here, including 12 bright patterns.

’90s Watercolor Patterns

90s Watercolor Patterns

Rollerskates, bubblegum, and candy hearts — these are some of the things that defined being a little girl in the nineties. And that makes this a perfectly sweet set for designing a ’90s-inspired birthday party — invitations, signage, cards, wrapping paper, and more! The cute collection includes high resolution JPG files and PNGs with transparent backgrounds.

Neon Leopard Patterns

Neon Leopard Patterns

When your nineties design calls for a bright pattern, consider this wild set of seamless leopard print in bright neon colors. Perfect for scrapbooking, making custom fabric, retro party invitations or flyers, crafts, and scroll-stopping social media graphics. Your download will include 16 high quality PNG files and 1 PAT (Photoshop Pattern File).

Retro ’90s Seamless Pattern Background

Retro '90s Seamless Pattern

Here’s a seamless background pattern that combines all the best of the nineties: a boom box, cassettes, floppy disks, high top tennis shoes, film, and a Walkman, all on a retro pattern design loaded with geometric elements. Your download will include both a vector EPS and an SVG.

’90s Backgrounds

If you’re a fan of the ’90s, then you’ll love these retro backgrounds. Each one is perfect for adding some vintage flair to your designs. So go ahead and use them to create cool posters, flyers, or websites. You can even add them to your social media posts to give your followers a blast from the past.

Memphis Background

Memphis Background

This colorful Memphis style vector graphic is a perfect abstract background for ’90s-themed social media graphics, parties, flyers, web graphics, and anywhere you need that classic mix of geometric style and colorful patterns. You’ll get fully editable Illustrator AI, EPS, and JPG files.

Random Geometric Shapes Backgrounds

Random Geometric Shapes Backgrounds

Here’s another colorful Memphis-inspired pop art color background for your consideration. Featuring geometric design elements, zig zags, plusses, triangles, and squares on a vibrant color background, this retro pattern design is a great choice for websites, posters, flyers, packaging, and social media. 

Color Overload

Color Overload

This collection is all about ’90s style color! It’s fully loaded with tons of artistic texture and graphic elements that you can use to create retro-inspired designs, including 20 high-resolution JPG vivid gradient backgrounds that are perfect for packaging, flyers, posters, wall art, and so much more.

’90s Retro Halftone Backgrounds

90s retro halftone backgrounds

If you’re looking for bang for your buck, this massive set comes with 90 vivid colorful halftone backgrounds, inspired by the colorful ’90s! Use them to add artistic texture and ’90s style color to your retro projects — websites, social media, flyers, posters, packaging designs, and more.

Doodled 90s Digital Paper

Doodled 90s Digital Paper

Vintage audio cassette tapes, video game controllers, television sets, video tapes, and other retro doodled design elements are the subjects of these ’90s and ’80s style seamless pattern backgrounds. Perfect for scrapbooking, wrapping paper, greeting cards, social media or website backgrounds, and more. You’ll get ten high-res JPG files.

’90s Retro Blur Gradient Backgrounds

90s Retro Blur Gradient Backgrounds

If your design calls for bright neon colors or a pop art color background, check out this collection! These bright, vibrant color backgrounds are totally reminiscent of the ’90s. You’ll get 15 clean, colorful blur backgrounds and 15 grainy backgrounds. Try them on websites, social media, posters, or packaging designs.

Abstract Linear Geometric Backgrounds

Abstract Linear Geometric Backgrounds

This is the quintessential ’90s background — vibrant colors with graphic elements, like geometric style triangles, circles, dotted elements, zigzags, and more. This collection includes 10 different color concepts in AI, EPS, PNG, and JPG format, so you can edit them however you see fit. Use them for posters, flyers, packaging, websites, social media, textiles, and so much more. 

Chevron Vector Background

Chevron Vector Background

Nineties patterns don’t always have to be about abstract shapes. Sometimes it’s better to keep it simple, like with this cool geometric style chevron design. Use it to create anything from a social media background to some funky wallpaper or a retro package design. You’ll get 10 different color options, in JPG, transparent PNG, AI, and EPS.

Zig Zag Backgrounds

Zig Zag Backgrounds

Here’s a nineties-inspired design with a bit of a pop culture, ’90s grunge aesthetic. Zig zags would be great for product packaging, website backgrounds, banner art, album covers, ’90s style banners, social media wallpapers, and anywhere else you want a fun, colorful element. You’ll get 10 different color combinations, in high-res JPG and PNG.

Y2K 90s Poster Card Set

Y2K 90s Poster Card Set

If you’re working on a poster, invitation, stationery, flyer, banner, social media wallpaper, or greeting card that’s inspired by the ’90s, then check out this collection of 8 retro-themed backgrounds. With pink colors, wave patterns, animal print, geometric shapes,  and ’90s style texture, you’ll have no problem creating that retro aesthetic.

Use These Patterns and Backgrounds Today

Designers, it’s time to break out the ’90s patterns and backgrounds! These retro designs are still popular today and can add a touch of nostalgia to any project. Keep in mind that less is more when using these patterns, and make sure they fit the overall tone of your project. So, lace up your high tops, turn up your Walkman, have fun, and let your creativity shine!