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Logo Design Trend Showcase: Retro Emblems & Badges

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I’ve noticed the retro/vintage style theme in logo design is becoming an increasingly popular trend. This showcase pulls together a range of great looking logo designs based on the emblem or badge theme. Most often using a circular format, these logos use a mix of texture or intricate vector patterns to produce a creative and overall super-cool design.

McFly

Retro emblem logo example

Sailors and Fishermen

Retro emblem logo example

Windfall

Retro emblem logo example

Xen Strength

Retro emblem logo example

Pandaroo

Retro emblem logo example

Harbor Stone Construction Company LLC.

Retro emblem logo example

Safer

Retro emblem logo example

Designers Against Child Slavery

Retro emblem logo example

Dunbar’s Cyclery

Retro emblem logo example

Bert’s Records

Retro emblem logo example

Baggie’s Brew Pub

Retro emblem logo example

WallPepper

Retro emblem logo example

Doc’s Catering

Retro emblem logo example

Schodzone

Retro emblem logo example

Let It Grow Organik

Retro emblem logo example

Schu-Shine Inn

Retro emblem logo example

Zigwicks

Retro emblem logo example

FRESH01

Retro emblem logo example

Web Machine

Retro emblem logo example

Wheatlys

Retro emblem logo example

Health & Beauty

Retro emblem logo example

Bike Community

Retro emblem logo example

Betty’s Fish & Chip Shop

Retro emblem logo example

44 Printworks

Retro emblem logo example

Chess for the Mess

Retro emblem logo example

Selfmark

Retro emblem logo example

Montana’s Tree & Lawn Service

Retro emblem logo example

Hampton Rustic

Retro emblem logo example

DBushell Does Design

Retro emblem logo example

Campus Groupie

Retro emblem logo example

Falanx

Retro emblem logo example

Autodetailer

Retro emblem logo example

Old Pistons

Retro emblem logo example

Blended Milkshakes

Retro emblem logo example

Native Grounds Coffee

Retro emblem logo example

Keith Home Made Cakes

Retro emblem logo example

Giardini dopo la Pioggia

Retro emblem logo example

Doctor Jivago

Retro emblem logo example

Jim Clancy, Marine Rep.

Retro emblem logo example

Rio

Retro emblem logo example

Fun in the Run

Retro emblem logo example

ST Paul Lutheran School

Retro emblem logo example

The Big Top Fashion Show

Retro emblem logo example

SDFRA

Retro emblem logo example

Hypnotic Design

Retro emblem logo example

Van Hoof & Wilson Adventure Company

Retro emblem logo example

Panozzo MPLS

Retro emblem logo example

Dusted

Retro emblem logo example

Lone Star Olive Oil Ranch

Retro emblem logo example

Tre Mac N’ Cheese

Retro emblem logo example

Resources to create your own retro emblem logo

Fancy having a go at creating your very own retro style emblem or badge logo? I’m sure these handy resources from various design and tutorial blogs will help out:

Create a Detailed Vector Emblem Badge in Illustrator

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Intricate Patterns in Illustrator

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Design a Grungy Circular Logo

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Design a Print-Ready Beer Label in Adobe Illustrator

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40 Comments

  1. Biron says:

    Nice selection. I will follow your tut later today

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  2. Rome says:

    great list!

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  3. Krishna says:

    Cool… some really inspiring designs!! nice list! :)

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  4. Awesome selection. These all look retro without looking “dated”. Something which is a real risk when going for a retro logo.

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  5. ZombieMedia says:

    Good selection.
    Also appreciate the touch of adding relevant tutorials at the end of the showcase – not many design blogs seem to do that, when it makes absolute sense.
    Cheers

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  6. Robert says:

    Nice inspiring collection. Thank you.

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  7. Dan says:

    Nice post. There are some really nice examples here.

    I’m surprised you didn’t include your own chrisspooner.com badge in here, that’s a lovely bit of work.

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  8. phil says:

    my favourites were wheatleys and hampton rustic. always have time for retro and vintage!

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  9. Emma says:

    Great collection – love that the retro look is back in!

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  10. Anthony says:

    Great post as always Chris. A lot of these logos are from America and that seems to be a popular style over there, like the highway road signs and such.

    Its great that you have put in some tutorials aswell, keep up the great work!

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  11. Back to the future… Great collection, special thumbs up for “Fun in the run”

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  12. Great selection Chris, don’t like how 44 Printworks is very similar to mine :(

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  13. Denise says:

    Great list, some nice inspiration there.

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  14. Logo Design says:

    Thanks for the ideas, and the tutorials – really neat combination :)

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  15. Runamuk says:

    Cracking bunch of logos, I love that retro vibe. Gonna come back to the tuts!

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  16. Sty*Lisch says:

    Wow.. Very nice collection..

    THX.

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  17. Jorden Tually says:

    I have loved retro and vintage all my life! Bettys fish and chip shop wins with the best design i reckon!

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  18. bela coleção de emblemas e marcas. Boas referências!

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  19. Lots of unique content here! Great. 8)

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  20. Lynet Witty says:

    THESE ARE AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION!

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  21. nikola says:

    Great post! A lot of inspiration!

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  22. Nice lookin logos! I just got a new logo for my blog so I appreciate more nowadays if I see great looking logos (Probably because I’ve realized how hard it is to design something that is good and memorable)

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  23. dasjessi says:

    beautiful. inspiring. thx.

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  24. Theo says:

    You have a beautiful collection here, thanks for sharing it!

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  25. Seb says:

    Très belle liste, j’aime beaucoup ! Very beautiful logos, thanks for this great collect.

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  26. al pepin says:

    This is GREAT!!

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  27. Abhimanyu says:

    Its great that you have compiled some tutorials on this too.

    Cheers!

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  28. Tressley says:

    Thanks for picking up a few of my designs, Chris!

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  29. doragames says:

    Thanks for your sharing,come on.

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  30. WebDesign says:

    Hi Chris,

    Great post thanks for taking the time to put it together i bookmarked the page, zen strength stamp effect was totally spot on for me, I needed to create a quality / stamp / seal of approval for a range of products being manufactured by a client and I needed something that looked realistic not just printed on the page so the zen stamp with its rough outlines was perfect !

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  31. angelee says:

    really cool vintage!

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  32. Damian says:

    Good clean design just never gets old does it

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  33. IOM Design says:

    A nice collection of logos here! Definitely seems to be a bit of a resurgence of this style! :o)

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  34. Matt says:

    Retro seems to be in….or all the design blogs are copying each other :).

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  35. Manuel says:

    thanks, they are amazing!

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  36. thanks for shering

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  37. mintdesignnz says:

    An amazing article. It’s nice to read a quality blog post. I think you made some good points in this post.

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  38. Aaron says:

    Hey Chris these logos are beautiful. A lot of them have that washed out or slightly worn look. How would you do that in illustrator? Thanks!

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