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40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Retro style applies to 1910 – 1950 years. Some people claim that this term is longer valid and that retro goes on till the late 80-s, others are sure that the late 80-s are about those vintage years. But either way, both vintage and retro techniques are quite similar and can easily supplement each other. So if you see an ‘old school’ website you can be pretty sure that it’s made with a respect to the 20th century. Those were strongly emotional times and those feelings were reflected in design.

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Here you’ll find some distinctive features of retro web design. They clearly identify this style and you can choose a few elements for your own site.

  • vintage photos;
  • hand-drawn images;
  • graphics with pixelation effect;
  • graphic elements from the past (retro cars, cell phones, photo cameras, etc.);
  • image or ‘paper effect’ backgrounds;
  • newspaper style layout;
  • washed out colors (pastel, brown, beige);
  • calligraphic fonts;
  • sexy pin-up girls;

Below you can see examples of how 2 or 3 of the elements can be combined together. It will help you choose proper elements to bring a retro vibe into your own project. However, please make sure you don’t use too many retro UI objects at once.

So below we’ve collected 40 retro websites inspired by past times. Use them for inspiration to create your own projects.

Vintage Ice Cream Van

40 Retro Sites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

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Mister Aero

40 Retro Sites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

All Star Lanes

40 Retro Sites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

1Bite 2Go

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Bell

40 Oldish Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Travel

40 Oldish Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Barley’s Greenville

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Second Life Festival

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Rivers and Robots

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Pointless corp.

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Forever Heavy

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Toyota Hall of Fame

40 Grunge Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Thrush

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Digital Santa

40 Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Nevsky Passage

40 Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Dilly Dely

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Macaroni Bros

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Dirty Saloon

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

The Threepenny Editor

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Lost Type

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

City Dog

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Kitchen Sink Studios

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Today’s Document

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Sorotsky Design

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Nuevo Antiquity

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Go Running

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Quartel Design

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Party for your Rights

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Recibidor

40 Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Advisage

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Thunderfuel

40 Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Go Live

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

DNA to Darwin

40 Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Amy’s Bridal Accessories

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Seeburg

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Kultika

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Web-o-matic

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Singularity Concepts

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Bulletpr

40 Retro Websites with a Spirit of Nostalgia

Team Fortress

40 Retro Designs with a Spirit of Nostalgia

ann.davlin
Ann Davlin is an inspired blogger who works at MotoCMS - a company that brought you an advanced website builder. That's who she is by day. But as the night falls she turns into a superhero web surfer restlessly browsing through thousands of funny cat pics and videos. If you want to discuss either of that feel free to connect with her on Twitter and Google+. Cheers!
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