Steampunk Your Prints -17 Vintage Business Cards & Other Retro Inspiration

Steampunk is one of those late 90’s fashions that has entered our culture and stuck. This is largely thanks to movies, video games, and fashion, but also because it draws from a Victorian/Edwardian period in time that was so innovative and stylish. The world of print is no exception to this retro style with designers adopting retro calligraphy, Victorian iconography, and the other peculiarities of steampunk to create beautiful vintage business cards, flyers, posters, and other prints.

This blogpost celebrates the steampunk trend in all its many design facets from elegant vintage style business cards to bizarre poster collages and encourages you to use these incredible designs as inspiration for your own print designs.

When viewing these prints, let us never forget to keep a stiff upper lip and sing our steampunk praises to Queen and country!

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Designer Bruce Paulson created this matchbox inspired design on beautiful felt paper to create a retro regal look.

Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortressletterpress/4468565017/in/photostream/

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My Lady Dye is a calligraphy expert who created these wedding invitations and other prints to sell in her Etsy store.

Original source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyLadyDye

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Australian designer, Bobby Haiqalsyah created this poster print to showcase his exceptional design and typography skills. There’s no better design style than steampunk to explore typography and composition.

Original source: https://www.behance.net/gallery/16453489/Apparatus-for-Transtemporal-Occurrence

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Tattooist Paul Roe has perfectly captured the steampunk aesthetic with these victorian style business cards that harken back to an age of  hidden eroticism.

Original source: http://www.britishinkdc.com/menu/

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Photo illustration and manipulation is a major aspect of the steampunk design aesthetic, and artist Jack Stoltz is a master at creating vintage style posters with a modern twist. Characters such as diving-bell divers are typical steampunk icons.

Original source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/stoltzdesign

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Nathaniel Winter-Hébert from Papineauville, Quebec has created these amazing postcards for a 300 year-old Apothecary in Canada.  The branding maybe retro but it looks super cool and modern.

Original source: https://www.behance.net/gallery/11341297/The-Provincial-Trading-Co

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Christy Guan from the UK has created this retro booklet design in the “collage” graphical style that many steampunk fans have become familiar with. This design is especially colorful, weird, and brilliant.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/16604221/Magic-Lantern-Circus-programme

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South Carolina design agency, Hook, created this fashion branded business cards to have the modern but retro look that is associated with steampunk.

Original source: http://hookworldwide.com/

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Squid-headed things and the giant tentacled God Cthulhu are other recurring characters in the steampunk universe. Chilean designer, Eliseo Peña  has used this character to great effect in this series of wonderfully detailed poster designs for a steampunk festival.

Original source: https://www.behance.net/gallery/11247421/Afiche-III-Aniversario-Steampunk-Chile

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Nothing says steampunk more than a old timey boxer with a big mustache and Felix Auer’s graphic design work packs a heck of a punch with these embossing and foil stamp effects.

Original source: http://www.felixauer.at/

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UK designer and comic book store manager, Sarah Anne Langton created these beautifully crafted steampunk style flyers to advertise some instore signings.

Original source: http://www.pinterest.com/xhellosarahx/

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Kerry Cole has re-imagined some wonderful Victorian peculiarities in these invitation designs. This etched illustration style is very steampunk in flavor.

Original source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/colesfineart

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Upstream Design created a whimsical design for comedian Zach Drummer with an old-school steampunk  pantomime vibe.

http://www.upstreamdesign.org/#!Business-Card-for-Zach-Drummer/zoom/cy5/imagetuk

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Artist Madame Bricolage, offers posters and other prints at her Etsy store. Her unique steampunk style is surreal, cool, and decorative

Original source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameBricolagePrint

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Southern Californian artist, Brian Giberson has created some amazing photo-colored and manipulated prints in the steampunk style with references to fantastical and outlandish steam-powered machinery

Original source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/indigolights

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Argentinean designer, Vito Rodriguez Christensen created these rad posters that are  incredibly detailed with various patterns and machinations. Superlative illustration my good man!

Original source: https://www.behance.net/gallery/10743839/Graphic-Design-International-Steampunk-Day

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These business cards from Anomali Jewelry Designers are great examples of anthropomorphic steampunk style. Well played, Madame!

Original source: http://anomali.co.za/

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See more examples of vintage business cards and steampunk design ideas here

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Ben Fellowes is a seasoned designer, writer, and marketing expert. He's designed and produced content for some of the worlds top agencies and marketing companies. He's currently working (and getting his fair English skin burned) in Southern California! He loves art, punk rock, horror films, Sci-Fi, comic books, real beer, cooking, eating, laughing, and crying (sometimes!)

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