One thing that I love about logo designs, is that you can give 100 different designs the same brief, and you can end up with 100 completely different designs.
Despite having a tiny canvas to work with, there’s just so many different directions that you can take the artwork in, and each one informs the tone of the logo, the personality and the underlying feel. There are so many different design trends that you can adopt – from a flat, crisp feel to a realistic logo with depth, and everything in-between.
My personal favourite for logo designs, however, are those that have a vintage feel to them. Retro logos aren’t as commonly used as most, and they can bring about a hint of nostalgia which other logos simply cannot match. Because they’re not used often, they have that special something that makes them feel a bit more interesting and a bit more quirky – but of course, they’re incredibly difficult to get right.
Good logos need to be memorable and need to stand out. They need to be instantly recognisable when you see them, and have a visual clarity such that they’re easy to see even when shrunk down to tiny proportions. I’ve brought together some of my favourite examples of fresh, interesting retro style logos that I believe do a great job at meeting the criteria. I hope you find the collection as interesting and inspiring as I do, and if you know of any others that deserve to make the list, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section.
Engise – Web and Graphic Designer
Craig’s Auto Body
Big Bite Hot Dogs
Alpine Elk Ranch
Good Morning Cafe
Have you found any examples of interesting and creative retro style logo designs? I’d love to hear what you’ve discovered in the comments.