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Curious to know what key elements out there that some use or see that defines a design as vintage. I know some would consider vintage by the typography or pattern used in the design but what are other elements that are key to define vintage?

Per the design below would it be defined vintage based on:

  • color palette?
  • typography?
  • pattern?

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Vintage simply means you are using styles/trends from previous eras. It would apply to design elements including the ones you listed. –  DA01 May 30 '13 at 15:34
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The smell of tobacco and whiskey. Just like Grandpa! –  Scott May 30 '13 at 21:07
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Kind of a broad question but in case the powers that be decide to keep it ...

"Vintage" means nothing more than denoting an identifiable period of time. Whatever you can do to invoke your chosen time period is fair game. It's a gestalt impression, not one particular piece of the puzzle.

Analyze the techniques, motifs, palettes, typography, and subjects used at that time (by choice or limitation) to find its distinguishing features. In your example, the combination of jewel tone blue with bright red or the avocado green are period colors. The typography, on the other hand, lacks the hand-brushed technique to back up some of the implied vintage. Sometimes compromise is necessary to hit the deadline ;)

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