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Vintage and Retro Typography Showcase

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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Checks Gig Poster6

Vintage Type 27

Andy Poster8

Vintage Type 29

Hard Rock Cafe10

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Typography Retro Poster12

Typography Retro Poster13

Typography Retro Poster14

Cadillac15

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Souvenir Kodak17

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Vintage packaging19

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Lovely Lettering22

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Marcus Walters

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Festival der Sinne24

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Miss Jessie’s

Vintage Type 2

Tenucci Conferioni26

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The Econasign28

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Mustard 0330

Mustard 0331

Las Vegas32

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Book Covers

Vintage Type 2

Kodak34

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Jack Daniel36

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Emblem & Type38

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Elevator42

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Smooth Jazz44

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Live Together Forever46

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Ampersand48

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Straub Beer50

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C365, day 232 – Haberdashery!52

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Vintage Ribbons54

Vintage Type 255

Vintage Type 256

Home Memories57

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The Long Winters

Vintage Type 2

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword59

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The Outfit61

Vintage Type 262

Charming Suicide63

Typography Retro Poster64

Artistic Hebrew Type65

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Spune Launch Poster68

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Retro Logo Mock-ups70

Retro Logo Mock-ups71

Retro Logo Mock-ups 272

Wheels o’wisdom73

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Straub Beer75

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2100 Victorian Monograms77 (via78)

Typography Retro Poster79

Wood Type Notecards80

Vintage Type 281

Last Click Link

Gaslight Menus
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 2

Vintage Type 2

Bull82

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Craig Ward84

Typography Retro Poster85

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/21/celebration-of-vintage-and-retro-design/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/07/retro-and-vintage-in-modern-web-design/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/14/30-beautiful-vintageretro-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  5. 5 https://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://flickr.com/photos/mstoll/72420981/in/pool-typewalk
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/mstoll/72420981/in/pool-typewalk
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  38. 38 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/sets/1697576/
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/87254696/
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/77071649/in/set-1697576/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/78370172/in/set-1697576/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  46. 46 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  47. 47 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  50. 50 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  51. 51 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  52. 52 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  53. 53 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/sets/72157603733873729/
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2198757050/in/set-72157603733873729
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2197967051/in/set-72157603733873729/
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  59. 59 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  60. 60 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  61. 61 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  62. 62 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  63. 63 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  64. 64 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314322948/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/1095505560/
  73. 73 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  74. 74 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  77. 77 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  78. 78 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/09/01/sunday-type-circumflex-type/
  79. 79 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  80. 80 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  81. 81 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  82. 82 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  83. 83 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  84. 84 http://www.wordsarepictures.co.uk/
  85. 85 http://www.wordsarepictures.co.uk/
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  1. 1

    Kenneth Brøgger

    October 26, 2008 3:07 pm

    Nice post. I simply love retro! I really like the “Polaroid”. It seems timeless… Love it! :-)

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  2. 2

    Really Cool !

    Retro all the way :)

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    Alexandre Giesbrecht

    October 26, 2008 3:33 pm

    Retro rox!

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  4. 4

    The old ones are the best =] Interesting post.

    Adam | codefor

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    Fernanda Prevedello

    October 26, 2008 5:26 pm

    lovely post!

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    Ole Martin Kristiansen

    October 26, 2008 5:52 pm

    Enjoyed this post quite a lot :)

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  7. 7

    wow, that was a smashing post! some really nice examples there. Definitely inspiring!

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  8. 8

    it’s “confezioni”, not “conferioni”

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  9. 9

    great…

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  10. 10

    haha! I actually have one of those Barringer & Brown’s Mustard tins at home.
    Smashed!

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  11. 11

    Holy crap, someone spent some time google-ing images, collecting the decent ones and throwing them into a single post. What’s the point though? Why isn’t there a smaller selection with actual information about the fonts used (modern equivalents, alternatives, etc.) and why the choice of fonts has stood the test of time, as the post’s opening paragraphs warm us up to those kinds of fonts?

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      They probably didn’t include the fonts because chances are that most of the fonts in retro packaging are either custom, a variation of Grotesque, or some otherwise some other font that is no longer published.

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  12. 13

    I love this, inspiring again, thanks!!

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  13. 14

    I love such type of Typography its the way of the beauty to communicate :)

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  14. 15

    great post! I love Retro Design!

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  15. 16

    @ Roland:

    Its an Inspiration post, its supposed to get your senses tingling and not to tell you the facts about each and every one. Its not an article, just a showcase of work..

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  16. 17

    I do have a rather huge soft spot for typography, but retro typography pushes all the right buttons for me…. nice post :)

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  17. 18

    Hmmm, no mention of House Industries http://www.houseind.com who were the first guys that sprang to mind when I saw retro typography.

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  18. 19

    Very nice typography post. Great inpiration source

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  19. 20

    Very inspiring. Great collection, Smashing!

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  20. 21

    This is an awesome site…I love Retro!! this is one of my favorite sites..Thanks so much to those that put this all together..:)

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