40 Beautiful Examples of Vintage and Retro in Web Design

Mar 6 2009 by Matt Cronin | 63 Comments

Retro and vintage web designs have become increasingly popular. Ironically, the more and more the web progresses, the more designers start to revert back to old retro styles. For your design inspiration, here are 40 beautifully-designed websites that revert back in time to retro and vintage styles.

If you liked this collection, please consider also reading 20 Beautiful Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets.

1. Level 2 Design

Level 2 Design - screen shot.

2. Custom Design

Custom Design - screen shot.

3. Klassiker in Acryl

Klassiker in Acryl - screen shot.

4. Kritevia

Kritevia - screen shot.

5. Target Scope

Target Scope - screen shot.

6. DeVotchKa

DeVotchKa - screen shot.

7. Big Rig Design

Big Rig Design - screen shot.

8. Thunder Fuel

Thunder Fuel - screen shot.

9. Small Stone Recordings

Small Stone Recordings - screen shot.

10. The Lippincott

The Lippincott - screen shot.

11. Thrush

Thrush - screen shot.

12. FortySeven Media

FortySeven Media - screen shot.

13. Cottonseed Oil Comeback Tour

Cottonseed Oil - screen shot.

14. Jeffery Sarmiento

Jeffery Sarmiento - screen shot.

15. mediaBOOM

mediaBOOM - screen shot.

16. Carrozzeria Verga

Carrozzeria Verga - screen shot.

17. Slabovia

Slabovia - screen shot.

18. The New York Mooon

The New York Mooon - screen shot.

19. Five Cent Stand

Five Cent Stand - screen shot.

20. Tennesse Vacation

Tennesse Vacation - screen shot.

21. Lataka

Lataka - screen shot.

22. Blue Moon

Blue Moon - screen shot.

23. Rocket Club

Rocket Club - screen shot.

24. The Blizzards

The Blizzards - screen shot.

25. AdaptD

AdaptD - screen shot.

26. Gary Nock

Gary Nock - screen shot.

27. Drink ZZZ

Drink ZZZ - screen shot.

28. Ali Felski

Ali Felski - screen shot.

29. TangleDecals

TangleDecals - screen shot.

30. Jared Cambell

Jared Cambell - screen shot.

31. Von Dutch

Von Dutch - screen shot.

32. Dollar Dreadful

Dollar Dreadful - screen shot.

33. Phizz

Phizz - screen shot.

34. The First Twenty

The First Twenty - screen shot.

35. Jamie’s Italian

Jamie's Italian - screen shot.

36. MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company

Mactarnahans - screen shot.

37. Style 4 You

Style 4 You - screen shot.

38. CSS Tinderbox

CSS Tinderbox - screen shot.

39. MISTER-AERO

MISTER-AERO - screen shot.

40. Team Mongolmania

Team Mongolmania - screen shot.

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Matt Cronin is a freelance web and graphic designer as well as developer. He is the author and owner of Spoonfed Design, a design blog with great tips, how-to, inspiration, tutorials, and more. Spoonfed Design is part of the VAEOU Creative Network, a new startup in progress with new services coming soon. Follow Matt Cronin on Twitter.

63 Comments

Josh

March 6th, 2009

Nice collection Matt!

Langdon James

March 6th, 2009

I don’t comment on sites very often, but I must say that this is an excellent list of retro and vintage styled sites. Great list!

Crowd

March 6th, 2009

Especially enjoyed Thrush’s logo and Jared Cambell’s design :)

James

March 6th, 2009

Check out http://www.powershop.co.nz – pretty cool retro style design :)

cbutlerjr

March 6th, 2009

Matt, I also don’t comment often, but I really like well designed retro sites and this is a great list of inspiration. Thanks!

Adam

March 6th, 2009

Great collection! :]

Gary

March 6th, 2009

Enjoyed this list quite a bit. The Custom Design site is freaking awesome. Thanks for sharing!

chieqo

March 6th, 2009

FANTASTISC…..

Matt

March 6th, 2009

I love anything with Dolly Parton. I’d hate to refer to her as vintage or retro, but…

Bakshi

March 7th, 2009

Wow… real good stuff… inspired!

Thebusyone

March 7th, 2009

Not bad!
And then my first comment on delicious was lost

izzat aziz

March 7th, 2009

i really want to create one like this.. but it use lot of image, which is something that i don’t know how to do.. but it really nice collection..

Rafael Cotta

March 7th, 2009

Those are real artists work. Fantastic collection.

Kev Jaques

March 7th, 2009

Really nice collection, some do not lend themselves well to usability but still works of art, I love attention to detail and texturing/contrast can make a huge difference.

Pieter

March 7th, 2009

Really inspiring designs! I especially like number 10, great brushes.

Randy

March 7th, 2009

Hi there i will like to make something like this

asis

March 7th, 2009

very very good sites, thanks for this contribution, as always many sources for inspiration

Beatrice

March 7th, 2009

Hi from Germany

wonderfull collection – thanks!

Daus

March 7th, 2009

Some are new to me. thanks!

Fabryz

March 7th, 2009

Incredible designs, I always drool ahead retro/vintage/grunge styles

Oliver

March 7th, 2009

inspirational design! Particularly on 3 and 5 :) Thanks for the collection!

Sven

March 8th, 2009

The Art of Manliness

Bronson

March 8th, 2009

I am in complete agreement, these are some really fantastic designs. I love Mactarnahans Brewery, absolute class. The work of Jeff Sarmiento is also very inspiring.

The best part of this list is the additional resources and inspiration from unseen stuff, best I get my Stumble on…

BenSky

March 8th, 2009

Awesome collection, some incredible stuff there, definatley bookmarked!

Jane Harrell

March 8th, 2009

Great collection – you have wonderful taste :)

Kevin

March 8th, 2009

Great collection – thanks for pulling them together.

Wade Jackman

March 8th, 2009

Very inspiring collection, I particularly love the 2nd one.

Sandy

March 8th, 2009

Very nice collection. Wonderful vintage look.

Brad Blackman

March 8th, 2009

I’m surprised FontDiner.com didn’t make the list. Otherwise, a pretty nice collection, although a few are debatable whether they fall into the “retro” category. Which really begs the question, “What makes something retro?” Is it the colors, the texture, the typefaces used? I daresay some of these venture into “grunge” more than “retro.” Again, good list of nice sites with a common thread.

John milton

March 9th, 2009

Hi Matt
Indeed a very good collection,I must say that this is an excellent list of retro and vintage styled sites. Great list!
I particularly liked the 2 and 4 one.Thanks for going through all off these and putting them together.great inspiration for all web designers.
Thanks..

chunkydesign

March 9th, 2009

This king of retro and vintage look is clearly a trend now, that a lot of people are going for. When it´s done well it can produce some great results, as can be seen by this collection of sites. Besides that, it´s allways good to look back to the way graphicc design was made, without the kind of tools we have at our hands today, and learn something from it.

Jorge

March 9th, 2009

Wow, it’s a wonderful style design!! I like this one Gioseppo

Dietmar

March 9th, 2009

Nice list, but most of them are well known since the article @ smashingmagazine.com

Jeff

March 9th, 2009

Great to be listed along side some fantastic looking websites. Thanks.

Jan Brašna

March 9th, 2009

I’m not entirely sure if you can file this as «retro», but http://CubanCouncil.com/ definitely has some oldskoolish look to it. Besides that the folks are legends.

Karol Stofira

March 9th, 2009

… really, really nice vintage and retro sites…

Jacquelyn

March 10th, 2009

This is great. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at retro, and been looking for some inspiration. This will definitely do the trick!

Andrew

March 10th, 2009

If theme is too strong it tends to overwhelm the portfolio’s – a fail. Some good work here though… not quite sure about the heavy cashing in on the war theme, but hey, if you’re in Texas I do understand! I think the designs that work are ones that excercise restraint on the theme. Balance between an intricate theme and clean, clear, uncomplicated presentation of content.

Jenny Pilley

March 10th, 2009

Although it is based on retro designs, they look so fresh and ironically modern. The clarity of the designs and the impressive work gone into to them is incredible. I do love the retro look and to have it incorporated into web design is refreshing to see and a trend that i think will surely take off.

Rene Zammit

March 10th, 2009

AWESOME website looks ;)

ArchieNadon

March 12th, 2009

When I first glanced at the post title I thought, Are we already calling some Web sites vintage? It seemed a little premature, but I got it quick enough. It’s a beautiful collection well worth bookmarking. I’m not sure why, but well done retro sites always make me think a lot of devotion was involved, like an actor that stays in character throughout a movie shoot.

cagwait

March 13th, 2009

Thanks for posting these. Some inspiring web designs here

csstinderbox

March 17th, 2009

thanks for including me in the list, especially alongside some really outstanding designs. i know i can’t compare to them, but at least i know i’m headed in the right direction.

WildStrawberry

March 19th, 2009

Very inspiring designs indeed. This listing tells me that my own designs look really corny…

J. Lopez

April 21st, 2009

Very cool stuff!

Joel McLaughlin

April 24th, 2009

Beautiful designs, some very talented people are out there.

E11World

April 29th, 2009

From now on, this will be what I look at if I ever design any site with this style. TONS OF IDEAS right here on this page. Only thing left is to get a web2.0 look, grunge, and few others to get my full BOARD OF INSPIRATION.
Thank you very much.

kim sherrell

June 4th, 2009

this collection is bingo dreamy. i think ‘drink ZZZ’ is especially swell.

Lauren

June 19th, 2009

These websites are so beautiful! I envy them. Thanks for this list.

Leeds

July 31st, 2009

I love the Target Scope website, it’s a truly beautiful piece of web work! :-)

Miroslav Nikolov

October 7th, 2009

Always feel happy when I have nice designs in front of me :)
Good job.

Cara Dixon

October 14th, 2009

thanks for sharing! some of these website designs are wicked! love number 5! it looks really classic and authentic – really nice!

hooprama

October 28th, 2009

I produced two retro sites for my husband’s business and mine… http://hooprama.com and http://nashvillehomeinspector.com

bango

January 8th, 2010

Excellent collection ! thanks for sharing, check this one : http://www.lesfillesalaviolette.com

Dave

January 26th, 2010

Here are two more that you could add to your list:
http://www.tackorama.net
http://www.bidfunshop.com/

sylvain

April 3rd, 2010

Awesome ! Ali Felski is my favourite :)

Chris

September 25th, 2010

Epic! Love level 2 design and target scope

Felipe

January 28th, 2011

Thanks! very useful indeed, Love the vintage design

Judith Doherty

March 22nd, 2011

Really good mix of retro designs. Great range of eras. Thanks for sharing.

Mai

July 8th, 2011

Awesome!!!

Kama

August 17th, 2011

Nice, tnks for sharing.

Dima

August 23rd, 2011

Hi,
Love the retro web design style and ideas. Is it good place here to ask people for help with re-designing my website? Please contact me at film dot boston at gmail dot com.

JWWright

October 5th, 2011

How did this site miss The Peoples Cube? Brilliant retro-USSR propaganda design.

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