15 Unbelievably Awesome 1980s Design Resources

By on May 2, 2016 in Inspiration
15 Unbelievably Awesome 1980s Design Resources

The ’80s are back, and radder than ever. With the rise of hipster culture and normcore fashion, people are gravitating more and more to that unforgettable aesthetic of acid-washed jeans, perms, and hair bands. Want to add some 1980s flair into your designs? Check out the list below. These 15 awesome resources will help make whatever you’re designing totally tubular in no time!

1. 80s patterns

A set of 10 background patterns featuring the best 80s fashion trends. Animal prints anyone?

2. The 80s Vector Pack

Go Media has created an excellent set of 80s graphics. In simple black and white, they’re an excellent resource for anyone looking for images of items that were popular in the decade, including VHS tapes, Rubiks Cubes, and more.

3. 70s & 80s Lightroom Presets

A great resource for photographers is this set of Lightroom Presets that can make your photos look like they are from the 80s. The presets were created from actual photos from the 1980s, so they’re a great resource for ensuring your retouched photos look authentic.

4. Audio, stereo type cassettes set

Any music lover will enjoy this set of graphics of audio cassette tapes. The set contains 4 different sets of graphics.

5. The 80's Action Badges

A set of sixteen vector badges inspired by 1980s action movies.

6. Good Times

Good times is an illustrated handset type design "inspired by neon lights, terrible VHS quality and the emergence of the synthesizer." Perfect for your next 80s type lockup.

7. Spray Template

Spray Template from Do2design is a graphic of a paint can spraying paint. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to pay homage to the popular graffiti trends of the ’80s; it comes in the iconic bold neon colors of the 1980s.

8. TV Glitch Textures

LuOtero has created a set of textures that mimic TV glitches from analog TVs from the 1980s. The set comes with 15 different textures to choose from.

9. Retro Event Flyer

Throwing an ’80s themed event? VoxelFlux’s Retro Event Flyer is a great design resource to help you market it.

10. Old Tapes

Old Tapes by Tanya Akhmett is another great resource for anyone who wants to create a design influenced by ’80s music trends.

11. Neon Glow Effects

Anyone can make their text neon with these text effects form Zang0. They can be added as an effect for any font.

12. 80’s Flyer Template

Another great template for a flyer to promote an ’80s themed event. The template, created by FlyerHeroes, features bold, bright neon colors.

13. Retro Gaming

Gaming got huge in the ’80s, and this set of graphics by MelsBrushes pays homage to that classic gaming culture. Featuring images of joysticks, PacMan, and more.

14. 80’s Scifi Logo PSD

QuintalDesign has created a graphic that resembles sci-fi and gaming logos of the ’80s – just plug your own title or text into their template.

15. Headline/Header mock-ups

For anyone looking to create a design relating to movies of the 1980s, CleanLines has created an excellent set of film-related graphics, which can be personalized to suit your own brand.

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1 Comment

  1. wingsart

    As much as I like these sets, some sellers really need to be careful about copyright infringement. I can spot several recognizable brands and products in these visuals that could be problematic. The best thing to do when working on 80s themed projects is to go for the overall vibe (colors and design trends for example) and avoid using famous products or characters as part of your designs.

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