We’ve looked previously at retro illustrations, now let’s see one of the ways you can use them: retro or vintage-style web design. It is a very effective way of creating a striking design for your site, precisely because of the huge contrast between a style that makes you relate to the past perspective on things and the extremely modern and newly technological nature of a web-site. The very phrase retro/vintage site hints to a paradox: one couldn’t have even imagined this kind of technology in the past! Therefore, using a very authentically retro theme for your site would help your visitors see all these daily realities that they’re so used to from a new, unexpected perspective.

40 Vintage Retro Style Website Design Inspiration

If you use successfully the retro design you’ll have great user-experience guaranteed! It’s always going to provoke you a strangely pleasant feeling to see things from our day to day, seemingly ordinary reality, like Youtube, RSS, Twitter, or the email dressed in this crumpled, slightly rusty coat of the past. As you’ll see in all the sites displayed here, the secret is obtaining a special atmosphere for your site, making all the retro elements that you choose come together in an authentic and original way.

Another plus would be to try to use real pictures of ads or objects from the past, not just Photoshoped, artificially vintage ones. As you’ll see in all the examples here, if you do that, the effect will be amazing!

Zoveck Graphic Design Hecho in Mexico

Zoveck Graphic Design Hecho in Mexico

The New York Moon Radio

The New York Moon Radio

Target Scope Dallas Advertising Agency

Target Scope Dallas Advertising Agency

Cogitatur Community

Cogitatur Community

Zen Garden – CSS Design Community

Zen Garden - CSS Design Community

The Adplanet Design

The Adplanet Design

THS Design

THS Design

Five Cent Stand, Band

Five Cent Stand, Band

Prahba, Graphic Design and Web Design

Prahba, Graphic Design and Web Design

CorvusArt California Web Designer

CorvusArt California Web Designer

Style 4 You – Personal Service

Style 4 You - Personal Service

HEBAtec Internet Systems

HEBAtec Internet Systems

Fallout 1, 2 and 3

Fallout 1, 2 and 3

Carrozzeria Verga

Carrozzeria Verga

Retro Edge Web Design

Retro Edge Web Design

Joonas Paloheimo Design

Joonas Paloheimo Design

Protectia Ascultatorului – Guerrilla Campaign

Protectia Ascultatorului - Guerrilla Campaign

Lataka, Web Design

Lataka, Web Design

Sottocosto Ska Music

Sottocosto Ska Music

MediaBOOM – Internet and Design Solutions

MediaBOOM - Internet and Design Solutions

Colazionedamichy – Freelance Michela Chiucini

Colazionedamichy - Freelance Michela Chiucini

The Dollar Dreadful Family Library

The Dollar Dreadful Family Library

2serious Freelance Design

2serious Freelance Design

Big Sweater Design – Design Agency from Atlanta

Big Sweater Design - Design Agency from Atlanta

Devotchka Band

Devotchka Band

Philosophic Allies, Feed Thy Mind

Philosophic Allies, Feed Thy Mind

Jeffrey Sarmiento Designer from Toronto

Jeffrey Sarmiento Designer from Toronto

Thunderfuel – Games, Animation and Web Design

Thunderfuel - Games, Animation and Web Design

Level 2 Design

Level 2 Design

Custom Design, Product & Webdesign

Custom Design, Product & Webdesign

Cottonseed Oil a Trans-free Cooking Oil

Cottonseed Oil a Trans-free Cooking Oil

Scrapatorium Art

Scrapatorium Art

Filigrooves, Vintage Music

Filigrooves, Vintage Music

VW Camper Van Blog

VW Camper Van Blog

L2d Blog

L2d Blog

CSS Tinderbox – Free CSS Templates

CSS Tinderbox - Free CSS Templates

The Puppini Sisters

The Puppini Sisters

HEM JEANS – Campaign

HEM JEANS - Campaign

ORINGE – Motion Graphics and Web Design

ORINGE - Motion Graphics and Web Design

DesignWise Graphic Design Studio

DesignWise Graphic Design Studio

BONUS! (See this unbelievable ad made by Moma Propaganda) – Maximidia Ads of the World

Wandered how Twitter or Facebook will look in the future past or do you want to see the vintage versions of Youtube and Skype logos? Something of a viral sensation in the past but at the same time in the future, these posters for social media services were created by Brazilian ad agency Moma Propaganda as part of the ‘Everything Ages Fast’ campaign for Maximidia Seminars.

Maximidia  Ads of the World

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