Designers nowadays are taking risks with their styles to come up with amazing websites. You see a wide variety of styles these days from animated, sketch, minimalist to vintage designs. These are the kind of designs that you won’t be able to recreate from your web hosting provider’s template. It takes a lot more creativity and vision to pull off. If you’re willing to ditch your proven web hosting templates and try something new, here is a collection of vintage style websites to inspire you.
- Most Decisive Game
This design is based on retro 8 bit games so it adds a lot of charm and nostalgia to users that remember the technology. What’s great about this design is that reminds the user that it’s still a modern site by using a graphic representation of a smart phone to frame the user interface.
- Nistor Cristian
This design uses a retro sketch animation design to engage users. It also uses interactive elements to get users to browse the site and learn more about the designer. Users are given instructions on controlling the animated car and, along the way, they are rewarded with more information.
This design firm uses classic 80s art and combines it with kaleidoscopic colors for their hero image. The font and colors add another retro element to the look. It’s a very colorful presentation with the right accents that draw the eyes to all the right places.
- Rule of Three
This agency site uses ink blot transitions and the classic Times New Roman font to make a creative impact. They up the ante with black and white photography and ancient art to create a vintage feel to the entire presentation.
- Radio NY Moon
The New York Moon uses the format of old newspapers to create an interactive Flash page. Everything from the font, layout, graphical cues and images remind you of a newspaper from the early 1900s.
- 47 Media
47 Media uses vintage fonts and graphics to represent their site. They use 50s Americana style fonts and emblems and balance it out with plenty of white space. The layout is what reminds you that the site is still modern.
- Go Glazed
This donut shop and catering company takes you back to the World War II era. It uses imagery of strong women with the presentation of the classic American five and dime variety shops to sell the idea of classic donuts.
- Antique Piano Shop
To go with their antique pianos, this company created an antique design. The design is very reminiscent of those classic pawn shops. It also uses a vintage style font, early 1900s comic strips and classic piano accents to round out the theme.
- This By Them
This by Them doesn’t have a website that screams vintage. They are subtle about it and use classic gradients, themes from 80s photography and unique logos/icons to create a vintage yet modern feel.
- ISO 50
This artist and music blog uses late 80s and early 90s art concept to create a beautiful presentation for his content. The font, layout and graphics really remind you of the vintage elements. It looks like one of the early blogs from the 90s in a good way.
- Born in 82
This is another website that uses 80s retro video game design to give off a feel of nostalgia and bring you back to the past. It also incorporates an interactive way that allows you to browse in a POV manner that’s defined by the set frame.
- Happy Days in Grey Gardens
Happy Days in Grey Gardens is a website designed to promote a play. It uses vintage photography and scrapbooking to create a unique imagery. It succeeds in giving users the right ideas about the play’s plot and theme.
- TN Vacation
This Tennessee tourism site hits all the right notes with its country style design. It maintains a modern look with great photography and uses a vintage font to complete the feel.
- Pointless Corp
Pointless Corp also does a great job using vintage elements in a subtle way. They use classic 80s and 90s icons, a black and white photo hero image and use a modern flat design to finish it off.
Farinella is a local bakery in NY. They use design from the 1800s in their header and use fonts reminiscent of P.T. Barnum’s presentation to create an old school classic deli feel. The design really helps sell the charm and traditional elements of their bakery.
There are many more examples of vintage style website designs out there for you to learn from. The idea here is to decide on a specific theme whether it’s the 70s, 80s or even early 1900s. You can also incorporate vintage elements from different eras together but the websites that have done it right always made sure to be subtle about their throwbacks and added modern design elements to balance it out.
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