January 1, 2019

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Rafael Esquer

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Alfalfa’s 7 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018

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Someone said, “We can’t move forward without looking back.” As we welcome 2019, it’s worth looking at the year that just ended. 2018 was full of surprises that gave us plenty of reasons to both, celebrate and upset us. Before we reveal our most popular posts of 2018, let’s recap …

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Someone said, “We can’t move forward without looking back.” As we welcome 2019, it’s worth looking at the year that just ended. 2018 was full of surprises that gave us plenty of reasons to both, celebrate and upset us. Before we reveal our most popular posts of 2018, let’s recap some of the events that shaped last year.

‘How to vote’ was the most searched ‘How to’ question in Google; Meghan Markle became the first woman of color to join the British royal family. Women were finally granted permission to drive in Saudi Arabia; The “Year of the Woman” went global; North and South Korea marched under one flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics; The school shooting in Parkland, Florida changed the gun debate initiated by student survivors; Hurricane Michael was the strongest storm to hit the US in nearly 50 years; Nearly half the world’s population (3.4 billion people ) tuned in to watch the World Cup in Russia; First Lady, Melania Trump wears a Zara jacket that reads “I don’t really care. Do U?” on a visit to detained migrant children in Texas; Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, dies; Homosexuality is decriminalized in India; and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador became the first leftist president of Mexico among many others.

Each one of us can affect the world by doing something positive every day. At Alfalfa Studio we love sharing creativity through our daily blog. We aim to create content that teaches, informs, entertains, awes, and challenges. By doing so, we better the world around us.

Having a blog is a serious undertaking. Countless hours of work go into it. Our blog wouldn’t be possible without the help of all the generous, creative people who has been part of the Alfalfa family including designers, interns, friends, and collaborators. Thank you, Sunghyun Bang, Emma Brennan, Julia Fish, Jose Fresan, Edwin Gonzalez, Celeste Hylton-James, Daniel Hu, Haewon Kim, Chengyu Liu, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Ortega, Chandni Poddar, Nao Suzuki, Ayako Takahashi, Daniel Trypaluk, and Brett Yoncak for your contribution to the blog.

We are also grateful to our community for your support. Stopping by our blog and giving us feedback means the world to us. In fact, last year we had most visitors than ever before!

Here are some statistics:

  • 159,165 pageviews
  • 101, 345 sessions
  • 89,056 users
  • Top 7 countries: United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, India, France, and Canada

 

And the most popular posts of 2016 are:

…drum roll please…

1. The Typefaces of the 2019 World Cup
In anticipation for the World Cup in Russia top sport brands like Adidas, New Balance, Nike, and Puma wanted to make a big splash. They released special-edition typefaces drawn specifically for the teams they sponsored. I’m glad typography is having bigger visibility when it comes to world events like the World Cup. Written 66 days before the initial whistle by Alfalfa’s own Chuy Ortega, this was by far our most popular post of 2018.
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2. Reinventing Century 21
Century 21, one of the most recognized companies in real estate, changed their logo last year. Although we think the new identity is better looking than the old one we wonder if by modernizing their iconic logo they sacrificed their legacy. What do you think?
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3. Top Uniforms from Olympic History
Who doesn’t love the Olympic games? A magical time where nations put aside differences and come together to celebrate athleticism, friendship, and good will. For the February 22, 2018 post, our very own Celeste Hylton-James selected the best-looking uniforms in Olympic history. Did your favorite make the cut? Check it out here.
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4. I Believe Her. 50 Artists Respond to the Hearing
One of the social-political-ethical events that have stayed in my memory from 2018 is the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford hearing. On September 28, 2018, I wrote a post sharing my thoughts along with the work of 50 artists and their visual response to the infamous ‘Hearing.’
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5. The Centenary Logo of Valencia
In 2018, Valencia FC, one of the most iconic badges in football, celebrated its 100-year anniversary. We wrote about it. While we were at it, we shone some light on the mystery of their identity. What’s up with the bat in their logo? Find out by revisiting the post from May 17, 2018.
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6. Beautiful Calligraphy with Ballpoint Pens
On July 24th, 2018, our summer intern Brett Yoncak, who is a talented lettering artist himself, introduced us to the fluid work of Allan Visses. Mr Visses does calligraphy with simple, every-day writing utensil like the BIC ballpoint pen. There are no excuses to creativity, are there?
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7. Olimpia Zagnoli for Prada
Published on February 10, 2018, this post showcases the collaboration between illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli and the luxury brand, Prada. There is something about the simplicity of Olimpia’s word that resonates and the pieces she created for Prada were beautiful in a retro kind of way.
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And to roundup the top 10, here are the honorable mentions:

 

8. Divulging the Verde-Amarela Copa America 2019 Logo
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9. This Time Cover Was Made of 958 Drones
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10. The World Cup Logo Evolution
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See you in 2020!