Retro and vintage designs exhibit graphic solutions that are strongly influenced by the time period that they are supposed to represent. While retro focuses on the style of the 1910s to 1930s, vintage recalls the time period between the 1950s and 1980s. In both cases, design elements reflect some old-fashioned motifs, trends, personalities and objects that had been an essential part of our lives in the past.
Such elements create a nostalgic atmosphere, awaken feelings and memories and attempt to communicate information effectively using emotions. Some such designs make use of so-called “classical conditioning” — a technique used to associate a stimulus with an unconscious physical or emotional response. source
Showcase Of Retro and Vintage Web Designs
Lana Landis (flash)
Ok, this is a very old site. If you have been in the industry for a long time, you have probably seen this site (it was quite popular back then). I first saw it back in 2003 – 2004(?), but she is still looking hot.
Target Scope (Flash)
Yesterday is Here
Another common subject, beside sexy models they like to use classic cars.
Jackson Fish Market
They also like collage style, torn paper and worn-out photo effect.
Avalon Rose Design (vintage design portfolio)
Here are more vintage sites, enjoy.
Update (Jan 23, 2008)
Most of you is probably familar with Cameron Moll’s website. Good use of CSS and typography, and of course very retro.
A newly launched retro design by Jonathan Longnecker and Nate Croft.
Big Rig Design
The Greg Brady Project
Cottonseed Oil Tour
Another eye-catchy site. I particularly like the homepage and the highway signs.
The details spent on this site is extensive. Don’t be shy to click around or you will miss out the inner pages (almost every page or section has a different layout).
One common subject, they like to use sexy models. Below are some samples.
Mouse to Minx
This is one of my favorite ecommerce sites. From design to coding, the overall site is nicely done.
CSS Tinderbox (the design is different now – the site was recently redesigned)
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