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Retro Signs

Retro signs have become a popular decor choice with young adults in high school and college. The term 'retro' is a prefix that implies that retro art is 'contrary' or 'opposite of the normal standard'. These works of art are considered similar to the pop art of modernist movements and, in some cases, are considered the ultimate form of abstract art. Retro signs use typography as an art form and generally letters and words make up the entirety of their design. By using alternating fonts, positioning, and symbols, this category of art challenges the differences between literary and artistic expressions. The actual subject matter of retro art varies according to the purpose for which it was developed. Frequently inspirational or uplifting messages are present in this artwork, although statements, quotes, and sentiments aren't unusual in this category of expression.

Retro sign Art

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Chicago World's Fair 1933
by Glen C. Sheffer
24" x 32"
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Play Shuffleboard
by Retro Series
18" x 18"
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Mom's Diner
by Catherine Jones
11" x 14"
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Happy Hour
by Fiona Stokes-Gilbert
12" x 15"
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Cocktail Lounge
by Fiona Stokes-Gilbert
12" x 15"
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Play Shuffleboard
by Retro Series
12" x 12"
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Wash- mini
by N. Harbick
8" x 10"
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Pocket Billiards For Healthful Recreation
by Retro Series
18" x 18"
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Malt Shop II
by Catherine Jones
11" x 14"
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Retro Tea
by Michael Kungl
12" x 15"
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Retro Coffee I
by N. Harbick
8" x 10"
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Ruby's Diner
by Catherine Jones
11" x 14"
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All Nite Diner
by Catherine Jones
11" x 14"
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Iron - mini
by N. Harbick
8" x 10"
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Pocket Billiards for Healthful Recreation
by Retro Series
12" x 12"
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Royal Hot Dogs
by Joe Giannakopoulos
18" x 22"
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Sort - mini
by N. Harbick
8" x 10"
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Palm Tree Diner
by Catherine Jones
11" x 14"
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Insanity
by Rodney White
30" x 40"
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Chocolate Egg Cream
by Louise Max
8" x 10"
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Tiki Bar & Grill B
by Fiona Stokes-Gilbert
12" x 15"
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Burgers
by RetroPlanet
32" x 8"
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Cafe de Matin
by Michael Kungl
18" x 22"
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Fold- mini
by N. Harbick
8" x 10"
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Wash and Dry
by Paulo Viveiros
14" x 11"
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Laundry
by Paulo Viveiros
10" x 8"
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Hot Soup
by Retro Series
18" x 18"
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Best in Town
by Paulo Viveiros
11" x 14"
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To Us You Are The World - Dad
by Color Me Happy
12" x 12"
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Dixie Piggie Drive-In
by Joe Giannakopoulos
18" x 22"
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Francos
by Joe Giannakopoulos
12" x 15"
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No Bananas (Pp)
by Chariklia Zarris
13" x 19"
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Retro Coffee IV
by N. Harbick
8" x 10"
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Wash and Dry
by Paulo Viveiros
10" x 8"
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Soup
by Paulo Viveiros
8" x 10"
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Retro signs typically have some form of symbol or object in the background, in order to highlight the message of the typography or to give it a vintage look. The symbols can be very simple, such as a smiley face or heart, or complex, such as musical apparatus, street signs, or social icons. However, in some cases the typography is its own design, featuring words in various patterns so that an object is formed.

The typography used is also an important variable in retro signs. There can be several different fonts in the same word or in individual lettering, as well as the use of different lettering sizes depending on its aesthetic appeal and necessity. Different colors are also used frequently in these unique works. Most retro signs have a solid background so that the words can be read and easily understood, however, even if other design aspects are present.

Due to this art form's massive popularity among younger generations, these works are typically used to decorate dorm rooms and the bedrooms of young adults. However, some retro signs lend themselves readily to older audiences who can use these works in their own home as an inspirational design tool.
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