Creating a logo design with a retro feel has, in the last few years, become a bit more of a trend on the web. After glossy, ultra-slick web 2.0 designs, there’s something aesthetically pleasing about a logo that goes back to basics – and it often makes for a logo that’s remarkable and more memorable than the shiny, clean logos that we’ve become used to.
A vintage & retro style logo tends to evoke the feel of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – and there’s almost a nostalgic element to it. The palette is either quite a stark, elegant and classy black and white, or it uses muted shades of blue and green, or – in some rarer cases – a bright, blinding red. Vintage style logos might also include the use of ribbons for some extra visual flair. It’s also fairly typical for the logo to be presented as a circle – which lends itself quite nicely as a brand mark on the web, or next to the name of the product or site.
We’ve brought together a showcase of beautifully designed, vintage style logos to hopefully inspire you for your next logo design project.
Cuts and Stitches
Hawk Valley Winds
Land Speed Bar & Grill
Sphinx Bicycling Company
The Old Barber Shop
Frankie’s Barber Shop
Studio You Portraits
Have you found any vintage style logos that you think deserve to be included in this list? Let us know in the comments.
Alex writes for printing experts Print Express, who specialise in high quality business cards, postcards & brochure printing. In his spare time he studies both print & web design and tries to improve his Photoshop skills.