Alfalfa’s 7 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2013

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For the last 12 months, our committed team of writers tenaciously sought out some of the most interesting stories in art and design to share them with you. And, it paid off since we had over 80,000 visitors—a 35% increase from previous year! As I look back, I must give …

For the last 12 months, our committed team of writers tenaciously sought out some of the most interesting stories in art and design to share them with you. And, it paid off since we had over 80,000 visitors—a 35% increase from previous year!

As I look back, I must give thanks to all the contributors—Aaron, Aya, Calum, Daniel, Emilie, Eunjoo, Gabriela, Guillaume, Hahna, Jonathan, Madison, Mariana, Merel, Minal—and, to you, our readers for supporting our labor of love.

Indeed, 2013 gave us plenty of colorful, interesting, beautiful, amusing, and thought-provoking topics to write about. As you will see, the selection makes a fun group ranging from art to film, from advertising to education, and from cats to hairstyles. It includes Barbie dolls, famous felines, iconic hairdos, a trip to outer space, and typography for Baz Luhrmann’s latest film among others.

Today, the first year of the new year, we are proud to bring back the seven most popular posts drawn from an unforgettable 2013. Here they are:

7. The Great Gatsby Behind the Design Scenes
Published on May 30, 2013 this post takes us for a look behind the scenes of the masterful typography for the film The Great Gatsby. For all type and design lovers, this post is worth reading again.
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6. The Triangulation Portraits of Josh Bryan
Published on May 19, 2013 the visuals show the work of a 20-year old English student who draws celebrity portraits using triangles as his base unit. Some people think his rendition of Marilyn Monroe is one of the best ever made of this American cinema goddess. Do you agree?
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5. Inside Alfalfa Studio: Aya Kawabata
On August 22, 2012 Alfalfa’s intern Aya Kawabata presented a portrait of herself that made waves all the way from New York City to Tokyo and it’s not difficult to see why.
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4. Axe Wants to Send You to Space
Written almost one year ago on January 24, 2013 this post proves that our fascination with space travel is as current as it was when man first set foot on the moon. It also marked the debut of designer Calum Harbison as a blog contributor. Not bad for a 20-year old English kid, don’t you think?
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3. 50 Iconic Hairstyles in Film
After a long time researching about memorable characters in film based on their hairdos, we compiled a fun list of our favorite 50. On August 8, 2013 Madison Grube shared our findings and ever since the post has been taking a life of its own. Check it out!
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2. 50 Remarkable Cats (and their very, very famous friends)
Being a cat lover myself, I couldn’t help putting together a list of these peculiar creatures and their famous friends. In the May 13, 2013 post, I wanted to show the connection between some of the brightest and most creative minds in history and their lovely feline companions. A must for any cat lover!
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1. Barbie Re-visited
In the July 19, 2013 post Gabriela Mirensky posed the question: What Would Barbie Look Like As an Average Woman? This thought-provoking post was picked up by the celebrated Design Observer blog and opened up a conversation that continues burning the internet. Hundreds shared the article and it became our most popular post of 2013. If you haven’t read it, you should read it now.
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See you in 2014!

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