105 Remarkable Retro Logos

by on 21st March 2012 with 14 Comments

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It’s time for another massive logo collection. This time around we’ve sifted through thousands of great logos to find over one hundred that were designed in a retro or vintage style.

If you’re looking for some good old fashioned logo design inspiration, this post will surely get your creative brain firing on all cylinders. From robots to muscle cars, these logos are flat out cool.

Circles

By far, the most prominent trend that I noticed in retro logo design was the use of circles and circular bursts. Lots of designers go seem to directly connect old style design with a round container. The technique works quite well, each of these instantly looks like something with a slick, classic feel.

Studio You Portraits by Sean Heisler

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Spacebound Creative by growcase

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BlackShield by cruckntask

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MDK by VRIEL

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Shop Elkhart First – Alt 2 by yaegerwerks

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Y-Wave by Kruglov

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FizzNiche by Myth_Sh

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Tokyo Bicycles by growcase

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Studio 85 (3) by José

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Lavender Fastener Company by devey

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Jerusalem Records by growcase

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Late Night Munchies by dryan1144

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River Jam Soccer Tournament Logo by levelb

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Designers Against Child Slavery by Tømme

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J.Garner by jgarnerdesign

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Paydirt (Concept 2) by koodoz

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Zigwicks V4 by lboi

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M.V.P Yoga – Reverse by jgarnerdesign

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The Big Top Fashion Show by James Ewin Designs

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Mr. Pixel by rnailer

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UIT by Matto

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Dr. Acula by TheLaboratory

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McFly Originals v1 (Concept) by koodoz

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Schu-Shine Inn by Sean Heisler

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Hypnotic Design by jgarnerdesign

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Gibson/Lewis Seal by 903creative

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Baggie’s Brew Pub Logo V3 by carlminer

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AV One by soulcreative

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Gears

One popular way to slightly modify the circle look is to use a gear shape. This gives the logo a masculine, industrial feel that has a post WWII sort of aesthetic.

Ruff Gear Outfitters by levelb

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Movers & Shuckers by designXtreme

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Pop Culture by agrios01

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FridgeWorks by fridgeworks

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People

It’s always fun to see character illustrations in logos, especially when the style reflects something from a bygone era. I particularly like the Royal Crown Dairy logo, which features a fantastic illustration of an old school milk man.

Ms.Tidy by growcase

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Pinup Girl Espresso by UtahRugbyGuy

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MR DJ by devey

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The Neighborhood Electrician by devey

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tapehead by XBlueDivision

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Timo’s Heating and Air Conditioning by devey

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Pellitteri Data Destruction by AJGagnon

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Royal Crown Dairy by devey

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Chris Tompkins by ogtbarnes

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Heartland Electric by Schuster

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Linkitty-Do! by Jayleedesigns

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Aunt Flo by BigAl67

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Robots

Robots are another element that seems to peg your design to a very specific time period, very similar to that of the gear logos above. I love the tall, lanky look of the Big Robot Studios logo.

Better Robot Records (horiz) by SKR1BE STUD10S

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The Groover by wizmaya

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big robot studios by james_at_fridg

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Vehicles

Nothing says retro logo like a classic car. American muscle cars from the 60s and 70s have an undoubtedly tough, cool aesthetic that’s oozing with vintage appeal. There are a few other variations on the transportation theme here as well, particularly of the two-wheeled variety.

Golyo motorcycle service by Laszlo Sandor

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Vintage Steels by Brandsanity

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Show and Shine car show logo by levelb

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Bicycle Club by zephyr

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Cecil & Rosie’s Cafe by levelb

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Type

Just about every designer can be found drooling over vintage typography at one time or another. Type has an amazing ability to communicate so much about a design, in this case we see each example suggesting a very specific decade. Can you identify the time period hinted at by each of these designs?

Olars Design 2 by OlarsDesign

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Fabulous Vintage by sensationalfix

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Bob’s Diner by Marwabk

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Silk – Downtown by ddayco

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Madefreshly by ruckxs

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Eighty Two Design by 82design

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ETHEL TruckStop by lostinbrooklyn

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VOM – Vodkaimport og mannskor by tobiasbaeck

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903 Creative by 903creative

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Badges

This section is very similar to the “circles” section above in that each of the logos has a clear containment device. This time however the designers have ventured into more complex shapes. Browse through these and notice the repeated shapes and how they’re slightly modified in each rendition.

Captain Creative by CaptainBJ

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Russell Painting and Repair by TEXAZ2011

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Skillman Youth Ministry (green version) by chrome47

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BIG REACH by Herbyderby

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Nieladaco by macov

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D.C. Kaufman Electric by devey

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Lock-Car by Laszlo Sandor

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Ping Pong Scientists by Type08

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Pint by devey

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RZP by bgreater

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50’s Diner Logo by matthiason

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Bigger Better Donuts by lewk

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Upper Clutha A&P Assoc. by BigAl67

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Work Flow by BigAl67

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Autodetailer by Oronoz ®

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Friendship Club by archdesign

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Murray’s Bagels by patrickmacomber

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TCM Classic Film Union by patrickmacomber

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Greenhouse Studio by p_carter

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Long Island Sign Studios by devey

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Red Dog by micahharris

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The Playing Field by 903creative

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Mr Goodbrew by Johnsonlingo

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Chaise Logo by randyheil

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VW Camper Van Blog by swillicott

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J.S. Electric Logo by carlminer

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Doc’s Catering by carlminer

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North 40 by Schuster

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Other

TrackLab by growcase

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Valhalla Boots by watermarker

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Historic Kenton Firehouse Committee by Jeff Fisher LogoMotives

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Keystone Restoration by SashaEndoh

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Quickly Clean by fellah

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west end cafe by sergiu.lazin

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Dolly_03 by I-am-Tiago

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Colonial Bowling & Entertainment by devey

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ATOMICvibe logomark by atomicvibe

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J.Garner by jgarnerdesign

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GSDM by jgarnerdesign

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Waffely Good ! by lilibellule

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Uke Hunt by n0s0ap

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Boro Photo by notjelly

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Seeds and Fruit by n0s0ap

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Seeing Double by jgarnerdesign

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Which Is Your Favorite?

I hope you enjoyed our massive collection of 105 vintage and retro logos. There’s surely enough inspiration here to give you all kinds of ideas for creating your own unique retro logos.

If you enjoyed the post, leave a comment below and let us know which logos were your favorite. Do you tend to like the typography heavy logos or are you more of an illustration fan? Let us know!

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Comments & Discussion

14 Comments

  • http://www.thevectorbox.com The Vector Box

    Great collection, I love the Spacebound Creative by growcase & Vintage Steels by Brandsanity.

  • http://www.gd31.fr Graphic Designer

    It’s right, it’s really remarkable work and inspiration, thanks !

  • http://evoked.us Evan Jacobs

    I think the Double Vision Studios one is my favorite. So simple, but looks great!

  • http://twitter.com/acoustikatie Katie

    I love retro oh so much.

    My favorites are the Gibson/Lewis Seal, Nieladaco, and Seeing Double.

  • Sónia

    Superb! Thank you.

  • http://madebyhoundstooth.com Daniel

    There a some very nice examples of great logo design and illustration in here, but I think this collection could’ve been pared down to 75 examples because a few of them are absolutely terrible.

  • http://iamcreative.me Aaron @ iamcreative.me

    What an amazing collection, thanks for sharing possibly the best collection of logo design I have seen in one place.

    Thanks again!

  • http://jefffisherlogomotives.blogspot.com/ Jeff Fisher LogoMotives

    Great compilation of designs – and nice to be included in the mix. Thanks!

  • http://imeldamoss.com mossi

    Definitely double vision. Simple graphics great colour, my weakness :)

  • https://talktothemanager.com John Washam

    Wish mine had made it, but it’s too new: https://c306395.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/logo.png

    For a new startup.

  • http://www.nogsteedslana.co.za nogsteedslana

    Thanks for showcasing a fabulous collection!

  • http://www.joy-labs.com Arpit (designxtreme)

    Great collection, loved to go through each one. Also thanks as I am part of it :)

    Thanks

  • http://www.inhousegraphics.com Janet M

    Was researching for a logo job. Thanks for making it simple! Too many favorites to list!

  • Helen

    Very cool

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