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.
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!
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.