Vintage usually refers to something that is at least 50 years old. The term is also used to represent designs that mimic the look and feel of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Designs from those years are characterized by distinctive and bold typography and well-organized layered layouts.
In recent years, vintage and retro styles have become popular and have been making a comeback in print advertisements. They have been used to promote individual products as well as to promote business events and special occasions. You will notice a common theme among those designs, which includes distressed typography, faded backgrounds, and bright pops of color that bring the viewer’s attention to different elements of the ad.
On top of that, they have quite a few elements in common. Usually, cars, food, alcohol, typewriters, old trucks, and other gadgets that symbolize and represent the good old times. As such, vintage designs bring a sense of nostalgia and take us down a memory lane to simpler times, which is one of the main reasons this design style is so popular and appeals to all.
If you’re working on a vintage ad project, we have a treat for you. In this collection, we have gathered the most enchanting vintage print advertisements for your inspiration. Use them to get familiar with this design style and technique, and then make use of your creativity to come up with a unique design that’s sure to grab everyone’s attention.
Vintage Ad for Cadillac
Knitting Wool Ad from 1959
Ronrico Rum Ad
Salão do Automóvel
Woody Allen’s Vodka Ad
Naturalizer Women’s Shoes
Universal Food Chopper (from 1890s)
CJSW Vintage Radio Ad