40 Incredible Vintage Websites

Written by Kevin Liew on 21 Dec 2009
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It's ironic, given the astounding rate at which web design and development methods are progressing, that increasing numbers of web designers are looking to the past rather than the future for inspiration when creating new web sites. Despite being hugely popular in other forms of graphic design for many years now, most people have avoided using a vintage aesthetic on the web, thinking it wouldn't fit with this thoroughly modern medium. Not any more, however. Vintage and retro stylistic elements are popping up all over the place online, becoming a major web design craze.

Here, you'll find 40 of the most incredibly well designed vintage web sites. In reality, of course, they're only vintage at the most superficial of levels. Peel back the vintage veneer and you'll find cutting edge web development and design processes have been employed. Hopefully you'll take inspiration from the online shops, corporate sites and blogs below to create your own vintage designs. All you really need is a muted colour palette, vintage fonts and a bit of dirt and grunge. Some old packaging, advertising, photos, scrapbook pages and newspaper clippings won't hurt either!

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Nathan 12 years ago
Hey, thanks for the mention (even if we\'re dead last)! Big fan of #16\'s elegant and gifted use of type.
inspirationfeed 12 years ago
Cool Collection!
Michael 12 years ago
What an fantastic collection of websites. They are probably some of the coolest sites I have ever seen. Very original and authentic looking. Good to see sites outside of what seems so common these days.
steve 11 years ago
This is indeed a very cool collection. As a web designer I keep my own list of favourites for inspiration. If you don't mind a suggestion, I think you might like to add this one to your list: http://www.casadaeira.com.pt/
Best of Luck.
Ajit 11 years ago
gr8 work.......thx a lot..
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Nice list but, you missed another one: http://www.algallo1909.it/ ;)
Shiv 8 years ago
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