Vintage and Retro Typography Showcase

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Typography talks the talk, to go along with the overall work’s walk, speaking volumes for the artist. This important design element surrounds people daily as they move through their routines, rarely taking notice. It’s literally everywhere. In advertising, product packaging, printed publications, graphic designs, and more. Accentuating and centralizing the overall theme of the design that it inhabits, communicating the message to the masses through creative inclusions in the work.

For decades this design tool has given rise to some truly elegant type that still have impressions echoing through design today. Revisiting these themes is a cyclical commonplace that the design community embraces with stunning results. In this article, we go retro, finding beautiful examples of vintage typography and the modern work they’ve inspired. Looking back, it’s easy to see why some of this type has stood the test of time and is still lingering in the design community today.

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Cadillac15

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Vintage packaging19

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Lovely Lettering22

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Marcus Walters24

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Festival der Sinne26

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Miss Jessie’s28

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Tenucci Conferioni30

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The Econasign32

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Mustard 0334

Mustard 0335

Las Vegas36

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Book Covers38

Vintage Type 239

Kodak40

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Jack Daniel42

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Emblem & Type44

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Elevator48

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Smooth Jazz50

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Live Together Forever52

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Ampersand54

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Straub Beer56

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C365, day 232 – Haberdashery!58

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Vintage Ribbons60

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Home Memories63

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The Long Winters65

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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword67

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The Outfit69

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Artistic Hebrew Type73

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Spune Launch Poster76

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Retro Logo Mock-ups78

Retro Logo Mock-ups79

Retro Logo Mock-ups 280

Wheels o’wisdom81

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Straub Beer83

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2100 Victorian Monograms85 (via86)

Typography Retro Poster87

Wood Type Notecards88

Vintage Type 289

Last Click

Gaslight Menus90
Gaslight is an American Brasserie in Boston’s South End district. The menus incorporate the feel of a traditional brasserie with an American twist. Designed at Tank Design by Rebecca Alden.

Vintage Type 291

Vintage Type 292

Bull93

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Craig Ward95

Typography Retro Poster96

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/21/celebration-of-vintage-and-retro-design/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/07/retro-and-vintage-in-modern-web-design/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/14/30-beautiful-vintageretro-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  6. 6 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/98730_Checks.html
  7. 7 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/98730_Checks.html
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velcrosuit/2628966531/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velcrosuit/2628966531/
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/metropol2/2476285155/in/set-72057594090707954/
  11. 11 http://flickr.com/photos/metropol2/2476285155/in/set-72057594090707954/
  12. 12 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/01graphic_07.htm
  13. 13 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/01graphic_07.htm
  14. 14 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/01graphic_07.htm
  15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/vialetter/1843846159/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/vialetter/1843846159/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/179274962/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/179274962/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/sets/72157606658964806/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/sets/72157606658964806/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/2751508573/in/set-72157606658964806/
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/mondoagogo/2216199455/
  23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/mondoagogo/2216199455/
  24. 24 http://www.marcuswalters.com/Work/cokeconcept.htm
  25. 25 http://www.marcuswalters.com/Work/cokeconcept.htm
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/mstoll/72420981/in/pool-typewalk
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/mstoll/72420981/in/pool-typewalk
  28. 28 http://hyperakt.com/worksdetails.php?id=140&search=Hypersearch&category=18
  29. 29 http://hyperakt.com/worksdetails.php?id=140&search=Hypersearch&category=18
  30. 30 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  38. 38 http://kulickdesign.com/cover14.html
  39. 39 http://kulickdesign.com/cover14.html
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/sets/1697576/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/87254696/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/77071649/in/set-1697576/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/78370172/in/set-1697576/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  51. 51 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  52. 52 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  53. 53 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  56. 56 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  57. 57 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  59. 59 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  60. 60 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/sets/72157603733873729/
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2198757050/in/set-72157603733873729
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2197967051/in/set-72157603733873729/
  63. 63 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  64. 64 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  65. 65 http://www.mikekrol.com/recent-work/the-long-winters/
  66. 66 http://www.mikekrol.com/recent-work/the-long-winters/
  67. 67 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  68. 68 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  69. 69 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  70. 70 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  71. 71 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  72. 72 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  73. 73 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  74. 74 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  75. 75 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314322948/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/1095505560/
  81. 81 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  82. 82 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  85. 85 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  86. 86 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/09/01/sunday-type-circumflex-type/
  87. 87 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  88. 88 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  89. 89 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  90. 90 http://tinge.net/work/gaslight-menus/
  91. 91 http://tinge.net/work/gaslight-menus/2/
  92. 92 http://tinge.net/work/gaslight-menus/5/
  93. 93 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  94. 94 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  95. 95 http://www.wordsarepictures.co.uk/
  96. 96 http://www.wordsarepictures.co.uk/

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Rob Bowen is a staff writer for Web Hosting Geeks and Top Web Hosting, a longtime freelance designer, and burgeoning videographer and filmmaker whose creative voice and works can be heard and found around the web.

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  1. 1

    AMAZING! Thanks for posting!

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  2. 52

    The coke one is awesome. How strong a brand is that, that you can recognise it from the letter L, which is not actually in the Coke logo. Superb.

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    BLU:72 Creative

    April 7, 2011 6:06 am

    Some ‘very’ cool designs here, great to see!!

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  4. 205

    Beautiful example of vintage typography used in a contemporary context

    http://www.betleywhitehorne.com/bwlog/2011/05/live-the-language/

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