Richard Photo Lab: Reviving Vintage Web Design Styles

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Many years ago when I started my adventures in spotting web design trends and reviewing the best website designs, one of the very first styles I picked up and talked about was the retro style. For web designers, this is a style that has fallen out of vogue and is used far less. Enter Richard Photo Lab. While the site doesn’t beat the style to death, it still clearly connects to its vintage roots. Note the use of color, type and black and white photos that give it that vintage feel. For me it is a perfect fit as the style gives the impression that this is a shop that has been around for a long time (even if they haven’t). It also suggests that they have a meaningful connection to the roots of what they work on. This connection works to increase the level of trust we place in the service.

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