Web Quest – Vintage and Retro

One of the things we do in Design History each week is a search for good online links that relate to that week’s lecture material. Those I find interesting I will include in a post each week.

Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera


This is an online gallery of a personal collection of travel ephemera. It is an astounding group of images by a person who has spent nearly 20 years collecting old posters and travel related pieces as he has traveled around the world. What I find very fun about the site is the joy that the creator obviously feels in the world of old ephemera. It is an amazing site I would recommend bookmarking for future reference!

Smashing Magazine: Celebration of Vintage and Retro Design


Smashing Magazine itself is something I recommend to any designer who wants to keep up with current trends and design related content.  However, this is a wonderful writeup with excellent photos of vintage and retro design. Some of the designs in this particular collection are more modern, but reflect a vintage style. It is a “celebration of retro and vintage design — ads, illustrations, book covers, pins and posters from 1920-1980s.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Egyptian section


I love this location for an overall research location with a historical background. I love art and I love history and this site has been tremendously helpful when I am looking for a specific timeline or image examples from an era or people group such as the Egyptians.  It covers a lot of ground including Asia.


They also have a resource link list that is helpful: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/

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