Retro Style Graphics: A New Book by Grant Friedman

Hello everyone! Today, I’ve got some exciting news! After nearly a year, I’m proud to say that I am now officially an author! Last year, I was approached by Angela Patchell of Angela Patchell Books about writing a book on  retro design. At the time, Colorburned was just starting out and I had honestly never seriously thought about writing a book before. Even though I was a little nervous about the whole process, I enthusiastically agreed and started work.

The task of writing this book was quite daunting. The book was to be about 160 pages and I had to do just about all of it myself. That means that I wrote the text, designed the cover art, created most of the content, and laid out all 160 pages. In all, the book took me about 6-7 months to complete, and another 4-5 months of editing and waiting.

I did have a lot of help along the way. There were several designers, studios, and font foundries who contributed content. Without them, this book would not be possible and I truly owe a debt of thanks to everyone who lent a hand.

Retro Style Graphics is a collection of design elements inspired by the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The purpose of this book is to provide the resources needed to reproduce the look of graphics created during these time periods. Inside this book you will find a free CD that includes retro inspired color palettes, professional quality vector graphics, vector patterns, retro styled Illustrator and Photoshop brushes, and high resolution textures.

This book also includes a reference guide to some of the best retro style fonts and a retro design gallery for inspiration. But because reproducing graphics in the retro style is more than just how you organize shapes, colors, patterns and fonts on a page, this book also includes an amazing list of retro design websites and tutorials to help put these design resources to use.

Purchase Retro Style Graphics

Retro Style Graphics is currently available in most major book stores. You can purchase it today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble it is also available on iTunes.

More Photos






Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • freshalex

    Great work, I love retro style. And for a low low price you cant go wrong! lol
    .-= freshalex´s last blog ..3D Pop Out Wedding Invitations =-.

    November 10, 2009 at 1:11 AM
  • Luis Lopez

    Excellent book, it looks awesome, I like the retro style and this book looks like it worth it.

    Congrats for the publication I hope you get published again. keep the good work
    .-= Luis Lopez´s last blog ..Video of the Week #012 – Combo by Blu & David Ellis =-.

    November 10, 2009 at 6:58 AM
  • 2lip

    hey Grant! congratulations for the publication! I hope that the hard work you put into this will pay off (not only financially, but also with regards to personal satisfaction). It’s a great achievement!
    .-= 2lip´s last blog ..5 hi-res textures of stones and rocks =-.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM
  • christian

    Great accomplishment Grant! I wish you the best success with the sales. The book looks awesome, well designed.
    .-= christian´s last blog ..How to: Create Holiday Cards Online =-.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:50 AM
  • Shawn Rubel

    Wow that looks awesome! Congrats Grant, that is a big accomplishment!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:46 PM
  • jeremy

    Just got the book Monday… The longest I have waited for a preorder (May 14th or so of this year).

    Good book though for some reason I thought the dimensions would be bigger. The CD was great, well organized, and over all well put together.

    November 10, 2009 at 2:09 PM
  • Mike Smith

    wow. that looks amazing. will be going to purchase a copy shortly :) hopefully you sell thousands upon thousands of copies!
    .-= Mike Smith´s last blog ..7 essential items from my Freelance Toolbox =-.

    November 10, 2009 at 2:59 PM
  • Chad Mueller

    Congrats Grant… fantastic.. I will make sure to include this in the Friday Fix.. and pick one of these up for myself as well.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:35 PM
  • Lisa Sabin-Wilson

    That’s so cool, Grant – congratulations! The book looks fabulous and I can’t believe I haven’t purchased my own copy yet. I’m headed over to Amazon to do just that right now :)
    .-= Lisa Sabin-Wilson´s last blog ..Want to go to WordCamp NYC?? It’s on me! =-.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:46 PM
  • Melody

    I love love love everything retro..will it been at borders?
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..SD Investigates: The Allure of Pinups =-.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:35 PM
  • Grant Friedman

    Thank you everyone for the comments!

    @MelodyNieves, it should be available in most major book retailers. Right now it’s definitely available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon but you should be able to find it in other stores as well. It was literally just released this week so it may be a few weeks before it’s available everywhere.

    November 11, 2009 at 1:12 AM
  • zeemiDesign

    That is simply amazing, congratulations!

    November 11, 2009 at 8:09 AM
  • Adam Collins

    This looks great Grant. Good work.

    November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM
  • Paul

    Very nice and congrats on the publication! I haven’t purchased a copy yet but I’m heading to Amazon in a couple of clicks! ;)

    November 11, 2009 at 4:11 PM
  • Masood Bukhari

    Congrats Grant! Im really happy you included three of my projects. Looking forward to seeing more books from you in the future!

    November 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM
  • Grant Friedman

    Masood, I would love to write another book. Hopefully, it happens one day. Have you seen the book yet? Actually your work takes up and entire spread on pages 150-151. Looks awesome! Thank you for the submissions.

    November 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM
  • Masood Bukhari

    Yes I have the book and yes the spread looks fantastic! I though you might enjoy seeing the kinetic typography video where those stills came from. Take a look:

    November 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM
  • Mike Chanter

    Looks like a suberb book – when can we get it in Australia?
    .-= Mike Chanter´s last blog ..Red Bilby Design Blog =-.

    November 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM
  • Grant Friedman

    Mike, not sure when it will be available in Australia. I don’t know a whole lot about the distribution but I do know that the distribution network that we use is global so I would expect it in Australia soon, if not already.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:39 AM
  • Drake

    Nice book. I like this kind of book since I’m fun of making some web banner design and I want to improve my designs.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:05 AM
  • John Ashenden

    Grant! Mad props son. The book looks hot. Glad to see things came together, as you seemed pretty excited about it when we talked this summer.

    November 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM
  • Jasmin Halkic

    Wohoooo, very nice book!

    November 23, 2009 at 2:55 PM
  • Design Informer

    Very nice!
    .-= Design Informer´s last blog ..25 of the Best Free Fonts from Deviant Art =-.

    November 23, 2009 at 3:24 PM
  • Martin Leblanc

    Wow great work!

    November 23, 2009 at 3:27 PM
  • Helikopter Design

    Just ordered the book from Amazon so I’m eagerly awaiting it’s delivery!
    .-= Helikopter Design´s last blog ..30+ *Off the Wall* Free Fonts for Web Designers =-.

    November 23, 2009 at 7:37 PM
  • Grant Friedman

    Thanks everyone! Helikopter, thank you very much! I hope you enjoy it!

    November 23, 2009 at 8:15 PM
  • Callum Chapman

    Well done, Grant! I look forward to seeing the book in the shops, I’ll most definitely pick up a copy! Congratulations :)

    December 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM
  • Smashing Share

    My knowledge to Retro style is limited. Does this book help to understand Retro design and style? Or its just an inspiration stuff? If there is something from which we can learn and understand the theory of Retro, than I would definitely buy this book.
    Congrats for your new book launch.
    .-= Smashing Share´s last blog ..Winners for RichWP X-MAS Give Away of WordPress Themes =-.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:46 AM
  • Grant Friedman

    There’s a mix of everything in the book. It’s includes mostly design resources; Illustrator brushes, some Photoshop brushes, vector pattern swatches, color palettes, vector stock art, textures, etc. Basically, any element that can be used to create vector graphics. It also includes several sections on inspiration with a gallery and an html file with links to articles and tutorials. One of my favorite sections of the book however is the font section which includes a library of some of my favorite retro fonts that you can page through.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:58 AM