50 Inspiring Examples of Retro Poster Designs

The term “retro” is often described as a culturally outdated, aged style that has since become trendy or functionally the norm in present day. Pairing this type of style with today’s powerful graphic design software, many talented designers have taken the time to create some extremely creative posters. To help inspire your creative mind while drawing from the styles of the past, here is a collection of 50 Inspiring Examples of Retro Poster Designs.

Elle

Analogue Wednesdays at Cogitatur

Festival Poster

РОБОТЫ – Comrades of Steel

Inspire / Create

Cat’s Eye

Network

RPS-Polaroid-V2

Hive Poster Age Test

Union Match Music Poster 3

Lifestream Poster

American Power

Unnamed

Bullitt

Anniversary Series: Featured Artists Roundup

Retro Futuristic Poster

Space Mountain

Leigh Hunt

Poster, Cortina

Grindy Bumps

Supreme Blue

James White – Atari

Live World Tour

The Same Crap All Over Again

IRobot

Tron Legacy

7th-Guest User Manual

Alas

Birds Make Good Neighbours

Rock 77

Poster Festival de Calouros

Next Wave Teaser Poster

Mile 2

James White

VAMOS!!! I love you…

Martian Time Slip Poster

Happy Holidays

IRIS VIII Electronic Performers

Reservoir Dogs

VYPSANA FIXA I

The Looking Glass

Poster Union Match Music

Retro Poster in Photoshop

TutsPlus 2010 Commemorative Poster

2008 Glastonbury Poster

Explore the Depths W.I.P

Big Points Fabia

2010 Logo Vector

Union Match Music Poster 7

Lost In Space

Enjoy The Retro Roundup?

If you enjoy this particular style, I can recommend two blogs that will help you to get your fix. Signalnoise driven by the very creative designer, James White, often works with this effect in a highly detailed manner (you may have noticed some of his work above). You can usually find this style being showcased on the Abduzeedo website as well, often in daily doses.

Did you find one or a few in particular that stood out in your eyes? Share your favorites below.

Written by Shawn Ramsey

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20 Comments

  1. Jacob April 17, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    I love the crossbreeding of grunge and retro. Nice roundup Shawn!

    • Shawn Ramsey April 18, 2010 at 10:22 am #

      The two kind of go hand-in-hand. Thanks for the feedback Jacob!

  2. Allan April 17, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Excellent collection you’ve put together here. I’m a fan of the retro style.

    • Shawn Ramsey April 18, 2010 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Allan! I too am a fan of the whole retro look and have noticed it being used more frequently within print and web design.

  3. Ericka Heister April 17, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Rock77 and iRobot are two of my favorites. I may have to try and put one of these together myself over the weekend. Thanks for the inspiration Shawn!

    • Shawn Ramsey April 18, 2010 at 10:28 am #

      Agreed, it’s kind of hard not to like Rock77. Another excellent poster created by James White. Come back and post a link if you decide to create one. Thanks Ericka!

  4. Kurt April 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Love these!

  5. Sharron Tiggs April 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    The retro look is timeless. My favorite would have to be “The Looking Glass”. I love the use of texture and color in that particular piece. They’re all great!

    • Shawn Ramsey April 18, 2010 at 10:35 am #

      The designer behind “The Looking Glass” has made another version of the poster. You can check it out here.

  6. Daniel April 18, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Love old skool and retro art work, my fav poster has to be Reservoir Dogs!

    • Shawn Ramsey April 18, 2010 at 9:50 am #

      Good movie and poster design. I think Crayola crayons kind of scream retro. Thanks Daniel!

  7. Andy Kempson April 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    Some really great stuff – I love “Comrades of Steel”, “Bullitt” and “Reservoir Dogs” Crayola style!

  8. MarkSpizer May 3, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    great post as usual!

  9. Steven LeBlanc August 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    The poster for American Power features the Newgrounds Tank Logo. That threw me for a loop.

  10. Pablo Amorim September 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    I have some retro poster on my blog, I also see that http://www.pabloamorim.com.br/blog/2010/09/retro-posters/

  11. psadmin October 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    these are great images ! love retro !!!

  12. naikom December 7, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    love it

  13. ati January 23, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Not bad – however, on the poster of Bullit, you don’t actually see the reflection of a Ford Mustang: in that case the horse’d be running the other way.

  14. Matt Price January 23, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Great selection of retro poster design. You can’t beat a few grunge scratches and torn edges with some cool design!

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