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Get inspired: Retro branding with a modern twist

While it may not be fun to have things from your childhood be called “retro,” these designs certainly bring some fond memories. These bold colors and wavy lines make us feel all kinds of feelings.

The retro design style creates a sense of familiarity and connection with viewers that can only be described as the feeling of nostalgia. There is no one age or decade associated with “retro” designs since designers usually aim to target audiences who grew up with them.

And because almost everything modern is a well-forgotten “something” from the past, retro designs appeal to young and old audiences alike.

Retro branding with a modern flair is certainly on the rebound. Don’t miss the VW bus and get on board with this design trend!

  1. Merch ideas for the studio bauhaus beanie branding coffee cycling goodies greece hat hats logo merch mug packaging skateboarding startup studio surf typography vector
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  2. Rootiez Handmake - Stickers brand branding checkered craft design flowers fort worth groovy handmade illustration illustrator logo logomark maker mark retro stickers type typography
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  3. Outbound Collective retro sticker 70s collective explore lettering mountains outbound outdoors outside retro sticker typography vintage
  4. Good Company Taps & Spirits bar beer branding funky illustration letter lettering logo logotype script typography vintage wordmark
  5. Sunny Creek Branding arizona brand identity branding creek farm field flower flower logo flower seeds heirloom heirloom seeds logo seeds sunflower
  6. Bad Seed 70s business card coffee groovy lettering logotype trippy vintage
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  7. VHS Duder 80s 90s colorful design illustration playful promo shirt tape vhs
  8. Still with Seriously Nostalgic Serif :) 70s 80s 90s cool editorial eighties elegant font groovy layout magazine nineties retro serif seventies vintage vintage advert
  9. Retro Futuristic Presentation 70s 80s 80s style 90s blue business presentation canva futuristic lo-fi lofi nostalgia orange photoshop presentation purpe retro retro design retrowave template vintage
  10. The Other Side – 1/5 50s 80s album color bars illustration jesus mid century retro simple single song vintage
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  11. Sunset Studios Retro Script brand branding film illustration lettering logo photography studios sun sunset typography
  12. Zilker Brewing Co. Core Cans 70s beer brewing cans funk gradient identity lines monday packaging retro texas vintage zilker
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  13. Dynarom X-130 80s 90s brand brand design brand identity branding branding design concept creative design identity packaging retro ui ux uxui vhs vintage web website
  14. The North Face Badges badge logo mountains outdoors rainbow retro sticker the north face thick lines vintage
  15. Nodeshifter Tracks: Overtake 80s design illustration nodeshifter outrun synthwave video game

Row 1: Salih Küçükağa, Hannah Smith for Trust Design Shop, Nicholas D'Amico. Row 2: Nathan Holthus, Mark Johnston, Ryan Tantillo. Row 3: Bret Hawkins, Nicky Laatz, Ruxandra Nastase. Row 4: Visual Jams, Nicholas D'Amico, SAMPLE. Row 5: Matt Romo, Danielle Podeszek, Justin Mezzell.


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