Established by Dustin Lee in 2013, RetroSupply Co. is a digital marketplace dedicated to mid-twentieth century design elements and aesthetics. Dustin himself has always been drawn to this iconic time period, spending hours studying pulp comic books, cone-top beer cans, and exploring his uncle’s old hardware boxes in the garage. After becoming a graphic designer, Dustin strived to replicate their appearance and texture, but found it challenging to achieve a realistic result.
A year spent taking care of his grandmother afforded him an opportunity to work in what he likes to call a “retro lab,” a vault in the shape of his grandmother’s house, filled to the brim with 1950s memorabilia and artifacts. While he was there, he scanned old product boxes, rooted through her garage and attic for interesting textures, and hung around local antique shops, eventually teaching himself how to extract authentic texture from real materials and create useful tools and shortcuts for the graphic design industry.
RetroSupply Co. has a solid reputation as an essential resource for anyone who needs to add realistic midcentury effects to their work. Dustin’s marketplace offers fonts, textures, print effects, brushes, logos, and layer styles for crafting authentic aged textures that received their start from real world materials.
One of RetroSupply Co.’s more recent releases is RetroGlitch, a Photoshop bundle that stands as the ultimate collection of retro glitch effects and image overlays.
If you can remember the days when televisions had rabbit ear antennas, you’ll remember how strange glitches would appear on the screen if the antenna wasn’t positioned in just the right way. And because the only remote controls during that dark time were young kids whose parents told them to “go change the channel,” channel flipping didn’t exist so everything would look fine for a while. But the moment you got up and changed the channel, those rabbit ears would need a little tweak unless you liked watching reruns of Andy Griffith through wavy lines and distortion.
RetroGlitch brings that same glitchy goodness to the screen, even though the world has long since moved on to fiberoptic cable and Netflix. Dustin actually used a real analog television he bought from the local Goodwill and tortured the textures right out of it. He later explored an entire online subculture of “glitching” (who even knew that was a thing?) to seek the most desirable effects, crafting them as overlays.
RetroGlitch offers dozens of assets, including three Smart PSDs, 27 glitch overlays, 25 screen overlays, four texture overlays, three pixelation brush tool presets, and one detailed instructional PDF. All of the overlays are high resolution – 4000×3000 pixels – for projects of any size output.
If you love RetroGlitch, you’ve got to check out the rest of RetroSupply Co.’s portfolio on YouWorkForThem. With more than 90 products available, it should be one of your top resources for 20th century-themed design work.