Originally used to promote cabaret and tourist resorts by train, steamship and airline companies, travel posters from the 1920s have become iconic designs. The artwork depicted luxurious travel with strong and powerful imagery, which was influenced by the geometric shapes and bold colours of the Art Deco movement at the time. The style still inspires graphic artists today, who use the visual traits made popular by the originals to create their own travel posters and tribute art. In today’s inspiration showcase I present a range of poster designs, both old and new, all based on the vintage 1920s Art Deco style.

HMAS Parramatta by Mads Berg

HMAS Parramatta by Mads Berg

Hess Park by Mads Berg

Hess Park by Mads Berg

Bornholm 13 by Mads Berg

Bornholm 13 by Mads Berg

Grand Prix Monaco by Mads Berg

Grand Prix Monaco by Mads Berg

Ceylon Galle by Mads Berg

Ceylon Galle by Mads Berg

Sailing by Mads Berg

Sailing by Mads Berg

Chocolate Box Artworks by Mads Berg

Chocolate Box Artworks by Mads Berg

Areitxpress Poster by Mads Berg

Areitxpress Poster by Mads Berg

New York by Dave Thompson

New York by Dave Thompson

The Flatiron Building by Dave Thompson

The Flatiron Building by Dave Thompson

Brighton by Dave Thompson

Brighton by Dave Thompson

The West Pier by Dave Thompson

The West Pier by Dave Thompson

London by Justin Pedler

London by Justin Pedler

Sydney by Justin Pedler

Sydney by Justin Pedler

Brisbane by Justin Pedler

Brisbane by Justin Pedler

Transatlantic Line by Henry Rivers

Transatlantic Line by Henry Rivers

Visit Rio by Henry Rivers

Visit Rio by Henry Rivers

Visit Canada by Henry Rivers

Visit Canada by Henry Rivers

Seville Poster by IdeaStorm

Seville Poster by IdeaStorm

Coki Beach Poster by IdeaStorm

Coki Beach Poster by IdeaStorm

Modern London Poster by IdeaStorm

Modern London Poster by IdeaStorm

Route 66 by Martin Wickstrom

Route 66 by Martin Wickstrom

Cote d’Azur by Martin Wickstrom

Cote d'Azur by Martin Wickstrom

Skiing Colorado by Martin Wickstrom

Skiing Colorado by Martin Wickstrom

Explore Italy by Martin Wickstrom

Explore Italy by Martin Wickstrom

Art Deco Glamour by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Glamour by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Glamour by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Glamour by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Glamour by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Glamour by Stephen Fuller

Mediterranee Poster by Stephen Fuller

Mediterranee Poster by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Weekend Posters by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Weekend Posters by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Weekend Posters by Stephen Fuller

Art Deco Weekend Posters by Stephen Fuller

Rome by Red Gate Arts

Rome by Red Gate Arts

Fly Me To The Moon by Red Gate Arts

Fly Me To The Moon by Red Gate Arts

Dance by Red Gate Arts

Dance by Red Gate Arts

Love Me, Love My Dog by Red Gate Arts

Love Me, Love My Dog by Red Gate Arts

Life Is A Catwalk by Red Gate Arts

Life Is A Catwalk by Red Gate Arts

1958 Monaco Grand Prix by Charles Avalon

1958 Monaco Grand Prix by Charles Avalon

Nice Cote D’Azur by Charles Avalon

Nice Cote D'Azur by Charles Avalon

Chamonix Ski Train by Charles Avalon

Chamonix Ski Train by Charles Avalon

Switzerland Pure Swiss Air by Charles Avalon

Switzerland Pure Swiss Air by Charles Avalon

Cote D’Azur Pullman Express by Charles Avalon

Cote D'Azur Pullman Express by Charles Avalon

Alfa Romeo Le Mans by Bill Philpot

Alfa Romeo Le Mans by Bill Philpot

Bugatti Monaco by Bill Philpot

Bugatti Monaco by Bill Philpot

Bentley Le Mans by Bill Philpot

Bentley Le Mans by Bill Philpot

Cooper 1961 Nurburgring by Bill Philpot

Cooper 1961 Nurburgring by Bill Philpot

Goodwood Festival of Speed by Dave Thompson

Goodwood Festival of Speed by Dave Thompson

Ski In Les Trois Vallees by Dave Thompson

Ski In Les Trois Vallees by Dave Thompson

London by Dave Thompson

London by Dave Thompson

Miami by Dave Thompson

Miami by Dave Thompson

Natural Hot Springs by Csaba Gyulai

Natural Hot Springs by Csaba Gyulai

Glory Days by Mara Drozdova

Glory Days by Mara Drozdova

Miami Beach by Sergey Serebrennikov

Miami Beach by Sergey Serebrennikov

Art Deco Wedding Poster by Stephanie Viau

Art Deco Wedding Poster by Stephanie Viau

Bonavista by Jessica Lambe

Bonavista by Jessica Lambe

Metropol Kurier by Riccardo Guasco

Metropol Kurier by Riccardo Guasco

Magazine Italiana by Riccardo Guasco

Magazine Italiana by Riccardo Guasco

Maratona dles Dolomites by Riccardo Guasco

Maratona dles Dolomites by Riccardo Guasco

Maratona dles Dolomites by Riccardo Guasco

Maratona dles Dolomites by Riccardo Guasco

Maratona dles Dolomites by Riccardo Guasco

Maratona dles Dolomites by Riccardo Guasco

Longines Masters by Riccardo Guasco

Longines Masters by Riccardo Guasco

Normandie by A.M Cassandre

Normandie by A.M Cassandre

Nord Express by A.M Cassandre

Nord Express by A.M Cassandre

Clos Du Bois by Steve Forney

Clos Du Bois by Steve Forney

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  1. Great inspirational set here, but having Mads Berg near the top of the list blows away a lot of the others because he is in a league of his own. Thanks for keeping the standard so high here at Spoon Graphics!

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  2. I didn’t use to think that much of Art Deco, but it has grown on me in recent years. It can make a nice style for logos and murals. Maybe I need a new logo haha

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