January 7, 2020

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Rafael Esquer

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Alfalfa’s 7 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2019

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“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” Says a song by the South Korean band Bangtan Boys. In that spirit, today we look back at a tumultuous year that just ended. We had everything, the good, the ugly, and the bizarre. The …

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“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” Says a song by the South Korean band Bangtan Boys. In that spirit, today we look back at a tumultuous year that just ended. We had everything, the good, the ugly, and the bizarre. The nonbinary pronoun “they’ was named Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary word of the year; 16-year-old climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg was selected Time Magazine person of the year; Trump was impeached; The USA women’s team won the World Cup turning Megan Rapinoe into a sports and gender equality icon status.

Sadly, some people that I loved passed away including literary giant Toni Morrison who wrote The Bluest Eye, one of my favorite books; Mexican music icon José José who made famous El Triste, one of the greatest songs written in Spanish; Acclaimed architect I.M. Pei who designed the Louvre’s pyramid; Agnés Varda the sole female director from the French New Wave of the 60s; influential fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld; and Syd Mead, the visionary artist who shaped the look of “Blade Runner” and “Blade Runner 2049” among many others.

In 2019, we moved our studio from downtown SoHo to the historic district of Sugar Hill in Harlem, the birthplace of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance movement. We are very proud to be one of the first design studios to embrace the richness of the part of Manhattan.

2019 celebrated the 10th anniversary of our blog. I’m happy to report that we had a record number of visitors and page views making it our best year to date. This is a time to give thanks for all the amazing people who helped out last year by sharing the things that inspired them with all of you. Lieke Corpelijn, José Fresan, Dustin Gehringer, Calum Harbison, Daniel Hu, Celeste Hylton-James, Helena Merker, Timmy O’Sullivan, Chuy Ortega, Wendy Rodrigues, Ayako Takahashi, and Cecilia Walker.

Most importantly, mi biggest thanks to you for supporting our blog. I appreciate the feedback and making time to stop by.

Here are some statistics:

  • 206,048 pageviews
  • 147,320 sessions
  • 130,773 users
  • Top 7 countries: United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, Germany, and France.

Without further ado, here are the most popular posts of 2019

1. People Painting People
Published on February 8, 2019 the idea of one person holding a painting, then a second person painting the original picture, then a third person painting the original plus the second person and so on just took off and started a chain. It sounds silly but you have to see the results to get the charm of this silly idea.
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2. The Best Album Packages of the 61st Annual Grammy
This post, published on January 3, 2019, demonstrated that music still sells and album cover art definitely helps. There is a reason why a blog post about the album design nominated for a Grammy came on second place.
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3. Rising Music Artist ‘Aries’ and His Unique Music and Self-branding
On April 23, 2019, Timmy wrote about musician Aries and the unique way he self-brands himself. This post is a testimony of the power of DIY even in the competitive world of the music business.
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4. History Sailing Away in FC Nantes New Logo
The May 30th post talked about a common trend in branding: sacrificing history for sleekness as the FC Nantes new logo clearly showed.
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5. ‘Machine Hallucination’ at Artechouse
On September 13th Wendy introduced us to an exhibition at the newly opened Artechouse. The ‘Machine Allucination’ show dealt with the correlation between art and technology.
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6. Interview the Gram – @yeevz
Dan Hu follows many interesting people in Instagram so he created a section where he interviewed some of his favorites. The Interview the Gram idea garnered great interest and became one of the most popular post ideas of the year. This interview introduced us to Australian comic artist Evie Hilliar (aka @yeevz_). His followers can’t get enough of his funny, relatable, and personal style. Check it out if you want a good laugh.
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7. Interview the Gram – @flvio.cc
For this installment of ‘the gram,’ Dan chatted with Flavio Carvalho, an award winning graphic designer and art director based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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To round up our top 10, here are the three honorable mentions:

8. Less is More? Scotia Bank Rebrands their Identity
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9. Priya Kuriyan’s Quirky Illustrations
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10. Tanya Eden- Illustrator & Storyteller
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See you in 2021!!!!