Vintage and Retro Design Inspiration
List of 180+ of the Best Design Inspiration Showcase Sites (Graphic Designers & Web Designers) - Are you looking for a little inspiration for your next design project? This list will get you through next million inspiration jams. This is a list that boasts 180+ design inspiration sites. If I have missed any inspirational sites, please comment about them below and I will add them to the list if they belong on the list.
28 Vintage / Retro Web Design - Vintage design is a current trend. I got you a nice collection of 28 retro websites for inspiration.
Awesome Pin-Ups Vintage Inspiration - Who doesn't love Pin-ups? These pretty ladies have been out there for over 50, 60 years, and still look fresh and awesome. And they are great source of inspiration!
Ad Access - The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
Adaholic - Visit the Adaholic art gallery and find your favorite 100% original print ad and get a piece of fabulous history to enjoy and collect!
Ad Flip - Adflip brags to be "the worlds largest collection of classic printed ads" and has some "Gallery of the absurd" style comments in the top ten section. Collection is huge - from the 40's onwards - neatly categorised and searchable. Good as well as "so bad they are funny" ads in here - as well as just bad
Advertising Archive - Buy or sell old ads here, they have ads dating from the turn of the century, on the first page you are greeted by the Heinz Ketchup Ad where a woman exlaims "you mean a woman can open it?" about the new twist off cap. Oh dear! From the ad-pre-historic to clasics, visitors can search and download adverts from all eras in the vast database
American Package Museum - The primary objective of this site is to preserve and display specimens of American package design from the early decades of the 20th century.
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (EAA) - Presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States.
HAT Archive - Provides a vast and unique research resource. The collections consist of every kind of advertising and public relations material, including original artwork, posters, point of sale promotions, brochures, proofs, press and magazine cuttings, complete consumer magazines, direct mail, photographs, transparencies, audio and video tapes,
Tic Toc Toys - Crazy ad galleries, kids food packaging, cartoon charachters and animated 1950's ads in this retro collection.
Back to Basics : Inspiration from 1940s War Posters - I recently came across a library of US WW2 Posters and pulled out a selection of examples for as a showcase of inspiration. They each rely on the basics of design; composition, typography and colour (be it a limited palette of mostly black and red inks to conform to the available printing technologies) to put across a short and concise message with high visual impact.
Celebration Of Vintage and Retro Design - Retro and vintage designs are often considered as being outdated, looking old, unattractive and dull. That’s not true. Although compared to modern design, retro is mostly a completely different realm, it has a large variety of benefits modern graphic designers often tend to overlook. And that’s a pity. Because we, as designers, can learn a lot from it.
Colors Pretty : Vintage Inspiration - Feeling a bit uninspired? Maybe this collection of vintage posters, prints, book covers, and postcards can kickstart your creative engine.
Comic Style Effect in Pixelmator - I know it's been quite awhile since the last time I published a Pixelmator tutorial, but the wait is over. This weekend I took some time to play around with Pixelmator and I also had the opportunity to test out the new beta version called Tempo. I must say, the new features are really neat. That’s all I can say about that.
Design Inspiration: Early 20th Century Posters - Of all periods of graphic design, my favorite has to be the early 20th century. I love the use of color, and the typography is just beautiful. Recently I’ve found a nice source of inspiration in that vein at InternationalPoster.com where there is a huge collection of vintage posters searchable by subject, period, style, artist, etc. They also have a very interesting history of poster art to peruse. Some of my favorite finds there:
Grain Edit : The Year in Review - Tomorrow we will be celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Grain Edit and we’ve got a big giveaway planned, so be sure to stop by! We’ve had a great year and want to thank all our awesome readers for their wonderful comments and for making Grain Edit a frequent destination.
Inspiration from Vintage Ads - A few days ago I was working on a project that needed some Vintage Images, like old ads. I decided to look for them on the web, more precisely at Flickr.com. After like 5 hours I had found so many images that I had to stop or else I would spend the rest of my life viewing them.
The Serif : Vintage Design - Take a look at these vintage designs.
Totally Amazing Vintage Posters - Throughout my life I've been mesmerized by posters -- particularly those created by the Europeans of the mid-20th Century. These bold, graphic and inventive posters continue to captivate contemporary illustrators, and while many of us have liberally taken inspiration from iconic poster graphics, they pale in comparison to those created from 1930-1960 in France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, and virtually every country on the European continent.
Vintage Design: European Graphic Design 1950 - 1970 - A nice selection of posters and other artwork from the golden ages (1950-1970) of European graphic design. And, of course, great design means great color… check out the inspiring work below, and click over to the original post for more.
Vintage Web Design Inspiration - Recently, I saw a very nice collection of vintage ads posted by Abduzeedo (via Digg). Speaking of vintage design, I also have a nice collection of vintage websites that I dug up from my old bookmarks and Best Web Gallery submissions. I’m not a big fan of vintage design, but if you want to see more vintage inspiration, here are 23+ sites.
Best Graphic Design Career and Business Books - Ultimate List of Books for Freelancers & New Designers - I decided to compile a list of the best graphic design career and business books collected from reading people's favorites listed on forum posts and blogs. I came up with the following graphic design career and business books.
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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