Over recent years the revival of futuristic art styles from the 1980s have proven to be a popular modern design trend. Highly reflective chrome effect logos with vibrant colours high-tech surroundings are common traits of this aesthetic. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 30 stunning retro designs with 80s style chrome text effects. See how this gaudy art style has come back into fashion as part of the retrowave/synthwave movement.

Rad by Justin Mezzell

Rad by Justin Mezzell

Cyber Monday by Justin Mezzell

Cyber Monday by Justin Mezzell

Cyber Week Continues by Justin Mezzell

Cyber Week Continues by Justin Mezzell

Futuralbum by Justin Mezzell

Futuralbum by Justin Mezzell

Pulse Power by Justin Mezzell

Pulse Power by Justin Mezzell

A.D.D. Since ’83 by Thomas Hatfield

A.D.D. Since '83 by Thomas Hatfield

Deifuser by Tom Potter

Deifuser by Tom Potter

Vector Hold by Michael B

Vector Hold by Michael B

VHS Glitch by VHS Glitch

VHS Glitch by VHS Glitch

80s Style Logo by Mikkel Larsen

80s Style Logo by Mikkel Larsen

Kenzologo by Kenzo Art

Kenzologo by Kenzo Art

Mirko Hirsch by Kenzo Art

Mirko Hirsch by Kenzo Art

Neon Nox by Kenzo Art

Neon Nox by Kenzo Art

RBeg Logo by Tim Waves

RBeg Logo by Tim Waves

New Retro Wave Restyling by Over Glow

New Retro Wave Restyling by Over Glow

Andy Fox by Over Glow

Andy Fox by Over Glow

Arc Neon by Over Glow

Arc Neon by Over Glow

Over Glow by Over Glow

Over Glow by Over Glow

Born in 1983 by Sean Kane Design

Born in 1983 by Sean Kane Design

DJ Spider by Sean Kane Design

DJ Spider by Sean Kane Design

Denial by Sean Kane Design

Denialby Sean Kane Design

Turbo by Craig Berry

Turbo by Craig Berry

Rocker by Signalnoise

Rocker by Signalnoise

Made in the 80s by Signalnoise

Made in the 80s by Signalnoise

Rad by Signalnoise

Rad by Signalnoise

Saturday Night by Signalnoise

Saturday Night by Signalnoise

Action Jackson by Chrome & Lightning

Action Jackson by Chrome & Lightning

Tools & Resources for creating 80s Chrome Text Effects

If you fancy giving this style a try yourself, you might find these tools and resources useful. Discover text effects and tutorials for producing 80s style chrome text effects in Illustrator and Photoshop.

80s Retro Typography Effect

80s Retro Typography Effect

80s Chrome Text Effect

80s Chrome Text Effect

80s Text Effects

80s Text Effects

80s Retro Graphic Styles

80s Retro Graphic Styles

The 80s Vector Graphic Set

The 80s Vector Graphic Set

How to create 80s Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to create 80s Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Create a 1980s Inspired 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a 1980s Inspired 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

Illustrator tutorial: 80’s Metal Text Effect

Illustrator tutorial: 80’s Metal Text Effect

80s Style Chrome Text Effect in Photoshop

80s Style Chrome Text Effect in Photoshop

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  1. Ahh…the memories!
    I remember powering up the airbrush to produce
    these back then. Now, done in a fraction of
    the time.
    Great collection – thanks.

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  2. inspired by those designs, that are not more practiced, or are now a part of history. As a designer, we should have an eye on our history also. thanks for sharing such designs.

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  3. Gee, um, I wouldn’t remember these…. LOL NOT!
    I don’t care much for the chrome effect, by itself. But, when mixed with colors and other designs, it looks, well, RAD! (I had to do it!)
    Seriously, there are several I would like to try!
    Thank you!
    Su

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  4. Hey Chris, I’m really glad to see all these amazing artworks here and I am very grateful for be included on this collection. Thanks a lot!!! Stay retro!

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  5. I’ve seen a twitter thread of these type of designs use as memes and they were quite funny.

    I certainly wouldn’t use retro all the time but it can be fun to make something like these from time to time.

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  6. Web design and we development are so very related that for a normal person it is one and the same thing. But for us these are entirely different aspects. Web design where deals with looks of the website, while web development has to do with coding and programming. Both the aspects play an important role in making business a success.

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