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    Junior Member DivDax is on a distinguished road
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    Here some logos for inspiration: http://dribbble.com/search?q=vintage+logo

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    i search on pinterest for vintage styled logos. there are many nice ideas

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    Or just search on google "vintage logo". Many many results... :)

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    Get reference via google image search. Also Font choice is key. Google "vintage fonts" or "retro fonts"

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    i think the key is applying a texture, like grunge texture

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    For me, always make sure the lettering is a little imperfect.
    So, if you have an ideal font in mind that you would like to use that may be a little too perfect and symmetrical, try roughing it up in Illustrator by either using the Roughen filter or by rasterizing it and then live tracing it.

    Also, as others have said, colour is important too.

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    Dark backgrounds, bright font colour that stands out and a script font. Perfect recipe for a vintage logo.

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    http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/create-an-aged-vintage-style-logo-design-in-illustrator

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    It depends on what kind vintage looks do you want to achieve. For me, i always get those "vintage" looks when i applied a right texture. Dust texture, for instance. And always search inspiration on design websites such as abduzeedo or designpiration. Good luck.

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    A good grunge font. and some period reference should be a great start.

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    You can google some vintage badge with psd or ai file. It's really good if you don't know where to begin

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    I agree with vintage does mean a lot of thing..

    it can be retro it can be pinup-y
    it can be classic.. I think you could start by looking and searching for vintage inspiration (and look for the era that you particularly want)

    or if you are too lazy for that..
    try downloading stocks and free stuff that can help you make an effect for that..

    :) if you have the font you want.. i think creating a shape that you want i think the easier part.. try making it BW first.. then move to texture/color after you are satisfied with you logo.. explore on the way

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    RESEARCH to the point where you don't want to research anymore, and then research some more. Understand why the design decisions were made and not just trends. Otherwise the logo will fail. (such as all those crappy hipster logos. they will not work in the long run because they have no foundation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by senorthunder View Post
    RESEARCH to the point where you don't want to research anymore, and then research some more. Understand why the design decisions were made and not just trends. Otherwise the logo will fail. (such as all those crappy hipster logos. they will not work in the long run because they have no foundation)
    Do that and use a texture to make it LOOK vintage too.

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    Dribbble has a lot of vintage/distressed designs, you can look there for some great stuff. Good combinations of strong fonts (usually from MyFonts) or custom letterforms, texture, and word placement (position, balance, weight, kerning, path) helps a lot.

    There are some tricks to getting a worn effect. For example, in Illustrator it is possible to add points/nodes to your objects by going to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points (repeat once or twice), then click Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen (experiment with the settings). Here's an example of the effect:



    Photoshop can be used to apply texture. Make use of guides to properly balance your text. Apply good kerning. Make an alternative version in black (medium-dark) and white with no effects or colours to see whether the overall shape of the design is appealing, e.g.:



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