45 Great Examples of Retro Website Design

45 Great Examples of Retro Web Design

In this article we’ll have a closer look at some web designs that use retro/vintage elements to make them stand out from the crowd. When done right, this can surely create a look that is timeless. We believe these are all memorable in their own way and show great creativity and skill.

45 Great Examples of Retro Web Design

Creating a successful design doesn’t have to mean you need to draw or make complicated elements. Why not use some old photos, go for a color palette with a vintage feel to it or have some old music play in the background. Let these great designs inspire you to make your own style and feel to your own projects.

Great Examples of Retro Web Designs

Von Dutch
Von Dutch

Dollar Dreadful
Dollar Dreadful

Biltmore
Biltmore

Lost Type Co-op
Lost Type Co-op

Atticus Pet Design Studio
Atticus Pet Design Studio

Filigrooves
Filigrooves

Level 2 Design
Level 2 Design

SteDesign
SteDesign

The Mischief Co
The Mischief Co

Go Live!
Go Live!

Mom & Popcorn
Mom & Popcorn

Hanzell
Hanzell

Tommy
Tommy

Kultika
Kultika

Sam T. Schick
Sam T. Schick

Cantilever Fish & Chips
Cantilever Fish & Chips

Cast Iron Design Company
Cast Iron Design Company

LA Wine Agency
LA Wine Agency

Henry & Co Real Estate
Henry & Co Real Estate

BlackMoon Design
BlackMoon Design Company

Austin Eastciders
Austin Eastciders

Kitchen Sink Studios
Kitchen Sink Studios

Neutral Milk Hotel
Neutral Milk Hotel

The Threepenny Editor
The Threepenny Editor

The Lit Pub
The Lit Pub

Forgotten Presidents
Forgotten Presidents

Sprocket House
Sprocket House

Torpedo Juice
Torpedo Juice

AdPacks
AdPacks

LeaderBe
LeaderBe

Smultron
Smultron

Shipment
Shipment

Ad Daddies
Ad Daddies

Thunderfuel
Thunderfuel

Web-o-matic
Web-o-matic

City Dog
City Dog

Lord Likely
Lord Likely

Targetscope
Targetscope

Blue Moon
Blue Moon

Hipstery
Hipstery

Buses at the brewery
Buses at the Brewery

Growcase
Growcase

Tricycle Terror
Tricycle Terror

Prahba
Prahba

The literary bohemian
The Literary Bohemian

Conclusion

Those were our 45 picks and there are tons more out there. Let’s hear you talk! Do you have any experience with this type of design? Want to share your examples with us? Which one is your favorite?

Do you have any tips for aspiring designers in this field? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments section. And don’t forget to share this article with your friends!

Hilde is a Norwegian girl with a great passion for everything related to design, freelancing, PhotoShop, photography, Illustrator and more. Running her own website and work with mainly Graphic Design and Business Consulting besides article writing.

Comments

    • Tori,
    • October 15, 2012
    / Reply

    Several of the links are not working, including the first one.

    1. / Reply

      Hi Tori,

      Thank you for your feedback. I have removed the invalid links and replaced them with other examples.

    • Jill,
    • October 16, 2012
    / Reply

    These are GORGEOUS examples! I’m so happy that retro styles are coming back. I love the Level 2 Design site; I’ve never seen anything like that before. And Austin Eastciders’ site is the perfect combination of simplicity and boldness.

  1. / Reply

    Thanks for sharing these retro designs!

    I was hoping they wouldn’t retro in the sense of 1999, dial-up internet style web design. I think that you know what I mean ..

    Keep up the good work and thanks again :)

  2. / Reply

    Really it’s an outstanding cos web development industry is the fantastic out Sours industry so it’s a very fantastic to exercising..

  3. / Reply

    Great Designs especially the Mom & Popcorn design its so creative, each and every designs are creative.

    • Ryan,
    • October 17, 2012
    / Reply

    Great work incorporating the old look in with modern technology. Each of the sites will be easily remembered by those that visit them due to them being different.

  4. / Reply

    Hi Hilde, you have given me some great inspiration here for a few of my personal projects! I am currently working on my freelance site and needed some inspiration for it to for that I just wanted to say thanks a bunch!
    Love the Cast Iron website!
    Thanks for sharing

    -Phillip Dews

    • Retro,
    • October 17, 2012
    / Reply

    Inspiring collection! Our site’s in development at the moment but we’ll definitely be coming back for ideas!

  5. / Reply

    These retro website designs are fantastic! Great inspiration for me to make one for my mom’s food business. I love to try the Mom and Popcorn layout. Your creations are cool!

  6. / Reply

    Fantastic design those type of website design are good for branding purposes.

  7. / Reply

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful retro web designs. All these feel awesome and unique yet I personally like “Level 2 Design” website.

    • Tom,
    • December 4, 2012
    / Reply

    The Sam T. Schick website looks like one of the Halls cough drop packages from the 80’s, oh those good old times :D

  8. / Reply

    Great examples here and keep them coming!

  9. / Reply

    Nice collection of retro design .I personally like level 2 design , Mom & Popcorn and Black Moon Design.Great list of inspiration too!

    • Frici Komesz,
    • October 29, 2015
    / Reply

    It’s good you listed the images as well because some sites are no longer available or they changed the design. They remind me of wwweeebbb.com

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