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Showcase Of Beautiful Retro And Vintage Typography

Typography 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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Let the Good Types Roll Link

Checks Gig Poster

Vintage Typography Showcase

Andy Poster5

Retro Typography Showcase6

Hard Rock Cafe7

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Typography Retro Poster

Typography Retro Poster

Typography Retro Poster

Cadillac9

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Souvenir Kodak11

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Vintage packaging13

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Lovely Lettering16

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Marcus Walters

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Festival der Sinne

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Miss Jessie’s

Vintage Type 2

Tenucci Conferioni18

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The Econasign20

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Mustard 0322

Mustard 0323

Las Vegas24

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Book Covers

Vintage Type 2

Kodak26

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Jack Daniel28

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Emblem & Type30

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Elevator34

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Smooth Jazz36

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Live Together Forever38

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Ampersand40

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Straub Beer42

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C365, day 232 – Haberdashery!44

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Vintage Ribbons46

Vintage Type 247

Vintage Type 248

Home Memories49

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The Long Winters

Vintage Type 2

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword51

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The Outfit53

Vintage Type 254

Charming Suicide55

Typography Retro Poster56

Artistic Hebrew Type57

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Spune Launch Poster60

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Retro Logo Mock-ups62

Retro Logo Mock-ups63

Retro Logo Mock-ups 264

Wheels o’wisdom65

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Straub Beer67

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2100 Victorian Monograms69 (via70)

Typography Retro Poster71

Wood Type Notecards72

Vintage Type 273

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

Bull74

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Craig Ward76

Typography Retro Poster77

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/2010/01/showcase-of-beautiful-vintage-and-retro-signage/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/30-beautiful-vintageretro-photoshop-tutorials/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velcrosuit/2628966531/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velcrosuit/2628966531/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/metropol2/2476285155/in/set-72057594090707954/
  8. 8 http://flickr.com/photos/metropol2/2476285155/in/set-72057594090707954/
  9. 9 http://flickr.com/photos/vialetter/1843846159/
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/vialetter/1843846159/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/179274962/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/179274962/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/sets/72157606658964806/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/sets/72157606658964806/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/draplin/2751508573/in/set-72157606658964806/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/mondoagogo/2216199455/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/photos/mondoagogo/2216199455/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/waterboyzoo/224765797/
  20. 20 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  21. 21 http://flickr.com/photos/memake/2416671674/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91494608@N00/2330878622
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/939722769/
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/869152669/
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/chrisdigital/117477153/
  30. 30 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/sets/1697576/
  31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/87254696/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/77071649/in/set-1697576/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/roderiqk/78370172/in/set-1697576/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/eyetwist/321326636/
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/gbcrowley/2925648764/
  38. 38 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  39. 39 http://blackwhitebliss.blogspot.com/2008/04/orangebeautiful-love-together-forever.html
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/bundscherer/2927441640/in/pool-vtype
  42. 42 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  43. 43 http://www.qbn.com/topics/551684/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/bugsandfishes/2401266852/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/sets/72157603733873729/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2198757050/in/set-72157603733873729
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/uppercaseyyc/2197967051/in/set-72157603733873729/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/photos/mamluke/2080253327/
  51. 51 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  52. 52 http://www.seblester.co.uk/
  53. 53 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  54. 54 http://www.thedecoderring.com/portfolio/identity/?id=7006&p=1
  55. 55 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  56. 56 http://ffffound.com/image/4e658ccb7607967ebd3f745664d7cae0ff54ac17
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314367522/
  59. 59 http://flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/314322948/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterdezigner/2183290996/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/930132049/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberlan/1095505560/
  65. 65 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  66. 66 http://chibialfa.tumblr.com/post/43010971
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/process/2358755889/
  69. 69 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  70. 70 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/09/01/sunday-type-circumflex-type/
  71. 71 http://books.google.ca/books?id=V35qpKUE5noC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Karl+Klimsch+2,100+Victorian+Monograms&sig=ACfU3U3LyK_c9SdqBX_g1qTl1w81qFIQvg#PPP1,M1
  72. 72 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  73. 73 http://library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_WoodType.html
  74. 74 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  75. 75 http://ffffound.com/image/ced91bfc5432af45eae05363e9d2276cf014061a
  76. 76 http://www.wordsarepictures.co.uk/
  77. 77 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.

  1. 1

    it’s “confezioni”, not “conferioni”

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    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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  3. 3

    Really Cool !

    Retro all the way :)

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  4. 4

    Alexandre Giesbrecht

    October 26, 2008 3:33 pm

    Retro rox!

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  5. 5

    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

    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

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Just random photos for ‘inspiration?’ How about a detailing of the fonts used, or the techniques for kerning or otherwise which led to the creation of these pieces?

    This is worthless.

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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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    • 12

      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

    Very nice typography post. Great inpiration source

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  18. 19

    Very inspiring. Great collection, Smashing!

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  19. 20

    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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  20. 21

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

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  21. 22

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

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  22. 23

    Lovely selection of old typefaces.

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  23. 24

    i love these collection… very nice inspiration. i will use it for my next work ;)

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  24. 25

    Nice collection, love it :) How is the “ampersand” not a plain E? Can’t see no t.

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  25. 26

    wow! great collection! thanks!

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  26. 27

    old days… some of these are just super duperlicious

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  27. 28

    Hello,
    This is all great retrospective of typography, I appreciate a lot
    Thanks

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  28. 29

    Be retro to avoid outdating.

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  29. 30

    Retro saga is never-ending.

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  30. 31

    Really inspiring!

    PS: I quote Gabriel, it “Tenucci Confezioni”, not “Tenucci Conferioni”

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    Stephen Coles

    October 30, 2008 1:29 pm

    Hmm, your comment preview is not so accurate because it truncates any anchor text to “Link”. Should remedy that.

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  32. 33

    Awesome! Typography rocks my world!!

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  33. 34

    Great pictures…

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  34. 35

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    November 22, 2008 4:47 pm

    @Jane (#43): the link was updated, thank you and sorry for inconvenience.

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  35. 36

    Beautiful resource! Thanks!

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  36. 37

    a good dose of inspiration !

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  37. 38

    I really like the “Last Clicks.” Really beautiful showcase, thank you for sharing.

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  38. 39

    like it, feels like go to the past… “retrographic”.

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  39. 40

    AMAZING! Thanks for posting!

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  40. 41

    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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  41. 42

    I love retro design that is original and creative…

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