25 Creative Retro Styled Website Designs

Inspiration comes in many forms and this article is no different. We’ve seen the numerous showcases around the web for minimal web designs, dark designs and so many others that have been drug through the mud.

My goal is to make sure the showcase posts that I create are ‘out of the box‘ and something that will spark your creativity. So, in this article I am going to showcase 25 creative websites that have a retro theme. They range from the use of old-time photos to retro patterns, colors and graphic elements. I hope you enjoy it :)

Simone Maranzana ↓

simone maranzana

Fred Perry ↓

fred perry

Riders Network ↓

riders network

Big Sweater Design ↓

big sweater design

One Promo ↓

one promo

Sprocket House ↓

sprocket house

Element Fusion’s Internship ↓

element fusion

Greg Brady Project ↓

greg brady

Liga Retro ↓

liga retro

Freelenz ↓

freelenz

ISO 50 ↓

ISO 50

Devotchka ↓

devotchka

Dibtych ↓

dibtych

Time For Cake ↓

Time For Cake

Revolution Church ↓

revolution church

Tennessee Vacation ↓

Tennessee Vacation

Design Sponge ↓

design sponge

Cottonseed Oil Tour ↓

cottonseed oil tour

Lanikai Properties ↓

lanikai properties

Scouting For Girls ↓

scouting for girls

Slabovia ↓

Slabovia

Wrangler Face Off ↓

wrangler face off

Utah Travel ↓

utah travel

Mutt Ink ↓

mutt ink

Glenilen Farm ↓

glenilen farm

Now It’s Your Turn!

Let us know in the comments which you like the best and if you know of any others that aren’t on the list.

Comments

  1. says

    I just can’t get enough of the vintage/retro look! I think it connects with a part of people that gives them a really good feeling. Excellent collection!

  2. says

    Great showcase. I love retro and “retro-futuristic” style websites. It makes such a nice change to find sites that stand out because they don’t fall into the usual clean/sleek Web 2.0 look. The skills to achieve that design are special too – in a sense it’s a case of going against the path of least resistance.

  3. says

    I really love vintage design styles. Sometimes I get so sick of designing everything on computer and not being able to physically touch anything. The textures and worn nature of vintage designs help me feel like I’m actually part of the design process again not distant and cold in a computer lab.

  4. says

    Thx for sharing! All of these are excellent websites, but my personal favorite is (the now defunct) Saucer.tv, a very cool retro-themed website created back in 2000 for a Sacramento pop band. This site features great graphics, some really fun bubblegum music, and even a Pong game to entertain you while the music loads, since this site was built back in the day when most people still had dial-up, LOL.

    The Saucer.tv website can still be viewed online, in its entirety, at:

    http://www.petermcclean.com/saucer/default.html

    in the portfolio of multi-media artist Peter McClean (who just happens to be my boyfriend & best friend). *shameless plug*

    http://www.petermcclean.com

    Enjoy! ^_^

    If anyone wants to connect with Pete, or follow him, here’s all the info:

    On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PeterMcCleanMMA
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  5. says

    I love these! Especially the Fred Perry site, the walls and the old fashioned photos… wonderful. The Dibtych too! The textures are awesome, though I couldn’t understand it since it wasn’t in English. Thanks!

  6. says

    Great design, I looked for inspiration in those…
    You can see my retro wannabe blog design, but go easy! It’s my second design eva…

  7. Guilherme says

    There is another type of retro sites you may want to post about. Im talking about the “internet-retro” style. The sites you listed here are great but they resemble to an old reality, old objects, grunge paper, etc.

    Im talking about sites that look like the first decade of internet; small resolution, no CSS, animated gifs and bullets, etc. :)

  8. says

    These are really beautiful sites. Every one of them uses texture as a design element. Visual texture really creates depth and sophistication without cluttering up the space. Nice selection!

  9. says

    One that I have always loved (and think deserves to be on this list) is the Vintage Church in Lawrence Kansas (/www.vintagelawrence.com/) designed by Leo Kempf (www.leokempf.com)

    Well worth being on the list.

  10. says

    Weird that people have not everyone has come around to the fact that you can take a web design that is retro and still make it modern functional. I say retro to a web client and they instantly think I am talking 1998 web functionality.

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