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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. [Content Care Oct/27/2016]

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 Poster

Vintage Type 2

Andy Poster4

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Hard Rock Cafe6

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Typography Retro Poster

Typography Retro Poster

Typography Retro Poster

Cadillac8

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Souvenir Kodak10

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Vintage packaging12

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Lovely Lettering15

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Marcus Walters

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Festival der Sinne

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Miss Jessie’s

Vintage Type 2

Tenucci Conferioni17

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The Econasign19

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Mustard 0321

Mustard 0322

Las Vegas23

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Book Covers

Vintage Type 2

Kodak25

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Jack Daniel27

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Emblem & Type29

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Elevator33

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Smooth Jazz35

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Live Together Forever37

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Ampersand39

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Straub Beer41

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C365, day 232 – Haberdashery!43

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Vintage Ribbons45

Vintage Type 246

Vintage Type 247

Home Memories48

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The Long Winters

Vintage Type 2

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword50

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The Outfit52

Vintage Type 253

Charming Suicide54

Typography Retro Poster55

Artistic Hebrew Type56

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Spune Launch Poster59

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Retro Logo Mock-ups61

Retro Logo Mock-ups62

Retro Logo Mock-ups 263

Wheels o’wisdom64

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Straub Beer66

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2100 Victorian Monograms68 (via69)

Typography Retro Poster70

Wood Type Notecards71

Vintage Type 272

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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

Bull73

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Craig Ward75

Typography Retro Poster76

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/30-beautiful-vintageretro-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velcrosuit/2628966531/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velcrosuit/2628966531/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/metropol2/2476285155/in/set-72057594090707954/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/metropol2/2476285155/in/set-72057594090707954/
  8. 8 http://flickr.com/photos/vialetter/1843846159/
  9. 9 http://flickr.com/photos/vialetter/1843846159/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/179274962/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/179274962/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/sets/72157606658964806/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/sets/72157606658964806/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/2751508573/in/set-72157606658964806/
  15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/mondoagogo/2216199455/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/mondoagogo/2216199455/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  20. 20 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/sets/1697576/
  30. 30 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/87254696/
  31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/77071649/in/set-1697576/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/78370172/in/set-1697576/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  37. 37 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  38. 38 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  41. 41 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  42. 42 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/sets/72157603733873729/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2198757050/in/set-72157603733873729
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2197967051/in/set-72157603733873729/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  50. 50 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  51. 51 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  52. 52 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  53. 53 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  54. 54 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  55. 55 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314322948/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/1095505560/
  64. 64 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  65. 65 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  68. 68 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  69. 69 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/09/01/sunday-type-circumflex-type/
  70. 70 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  71. 71 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  72. 72 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  73. 73 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  74. 74 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  75. 75 http://www.wordsarepictures.co.uk/
  76. 76 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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    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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  6. 6

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

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  7. 7

    it’s “confezioni”, not “conferioni”

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  8. 8

    great…

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  9. 9

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

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  10. 10

    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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    • 11

      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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  11. 12

    I love this, inspiring again, thanks!!

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  12. 13

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

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  13. 14

    great post! I love Retro Design!

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  14. 15

    @ 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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  15. 16

    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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  16. 17

    Very nice typography post. Great inpiration source

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  17. 18

    Very inspiring. Great collection, Smashing!

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  18. 19

    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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  19. 20

    i love the style of cadillac, its a classic, but the examples going in the same way, luv it cheers!!

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  20. 21

    wow, that is very cool indeed!
    wonderful collection of beautiful designs

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