January 6, 2021

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Rafael Esquer

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Alfalfa’s 7 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2020

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How do you summarize 2020? Let’s start from the top, the United States came to its senses and elected Joe Biden as our 46th President – a big win for humanity. More than any other year that I can remember, the world changed in 2020 and all that it took …

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How do you summarize 2020? Let’s start from the top, the United States came to its senses and elected Joe Biden as our 46th President – a big win for humanity. More than any other year that I can remember, the world changed in 2020 and all that it took was a pandemic. Covid-19 showed us the fragility of our existence and made us reflect on the things that really matter. My hope is that we learn our lessons and keep these learnings as we move forward in an uncertain world.

Here are some of the things that 2020 will be remembered by: Collins English Dictionary selected “Lockdown” as the word of the year; Time Magazine named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the Person of the Year. Sadly, 2020 will, most likely, be remembered for loss as there were more than 350,000 deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-29) in the US alone.

In addition, we lost many individuals whose existence helped shape the world as we know it: David Dinkins, the first and, to date, only Black mayor of New York City died at age 93; Milton Glaser, the world’s graphic designer and the genios behind the “I Love NY” logo died on his 91st birthday; Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning film composer, died at at age 91; Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who immortalized James Bond in the big screen, died at age 90; Supreme Court Justice, icon of icons, and trailblazer Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of complications of metastatic pancreas cancer at age 87; Mexican composer and singer Armando Manzanero died after battling Covid-19 at age 85; Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, famous for his monumental environmental artworks with his late wife, Jean-Claude Denat de Guillebon, died at age 84; Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist died at age of 84; Japanese design Kenso Takada, creator of the international luxury fashion house Kenzo died at age 81; Civil Rights Activist and longtime US congressman John Lewis died after a six-month battle with cancer at age 80, Alex Trebek, the charismatic host of “Jeopardy!” for five decades died at the age of 80; Eddie Van Halen, the iconic lead guitarist of rock group Van Halen died of cancer at age 65; Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of soccer, died at the age of 60; Actor Chadwick Boseman, who is best known as “Black Panther” died of colon cancer at age 43; and NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California at age 41.

Operating from our new location in historic Harlem, Alfalfa Studio continued providing content to all of our followers and supporters. Despite the pandemic, business struggles, and other challenges, we continue publishing our blog 5 times a week. I want to give a huge thank you to our brave team of designers and collaborators who made an extra effort to keep the blog alive: Anabelle Accetta-Beman, Lieke Corpelijn, José Fresan, Rutwik Ingale, Sirui Liao, Helena Merker, Jesus Ortega, and Cecilia Walker.

I’m happy to report that our readership increased in 2020, our most popular year to date.

Here are some statistics:

  • 236,986 pageviews
  • 173,226 sessions
  • 153,494 users
  • Top 7 countries? United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany

AND HERE THEY ARE, OUR MOST POPULAR — DRUMROLL, PLEASE — BLOG POSTS OF 2020:

1. The Iconic ‘Where is Waldo’ Illustrations of Martin Handford
Published on January 8, this post demonstrates the universal appeal of Waldo, the character created by famed illustrator Martin Handford. Who doesn’t love finding Waldo?
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2. Going Viral: “Dream vs Technoblade Animation” by SAD-ist
Published on October 20, this beautifully written review of one of the most popular animations by independent artist in YouTube. It reached over 1 million views in less than 24 hrs! Check the blog to see what makes the Dream vs. Technoblade Animation so special.
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3. The Simplicity of the Covidvisualizer
This post was published on April 1 at the third week of the lockdown in New York. It reviews the Covidvisualizer, a simple website that shows us in real time the number of Covid-19 cases. The ingenious interphase was created by two students from Carnegie Mellon University. It’s worth taking a look.
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4. Emory Douglas: The Iconic Revolutionary Artist for The Black Panther Party
Published on January 6, this post pays tribute to the revolutionary work of Black artist and designer, Emory Douglas. Never following fads, we have been featuring work by black artists way before the Black Lives Matter movement took center stage.
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5. Nike Air 2020 Logo
There cannot be a top list in our blog without a sports related post. This year the simple and effective new logo for Nike Air rose to the top in a post published on March 13.
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6. Mukund Kelkar: The Spontaneous Journey of an Indian Artist
On June 24 we published a post written by our Indian intern about the art of his late grandfather, Mukund Kelkar. His pioneering work and his unique story is something to celebrate.
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7. Beth Harmon aka The Queen’s Gambit, Inspires Instagram Artists
The Queen’s Gambit is the most successful series on Netflix to date. The intriguing series’ heroin, Beth Harmon, inspired many artists in Instagram and beyond. This post presented some of our favorite portraits of the Queen’s Gambit. Did you want the series?
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HONORABLE MENTIONS:

8. Remembering Legendary Football Designer Piero Gratton

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9. How-To Survive A Deadly Global Virus According to Max

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10. Portuguese Design Legend Sebastião Rodrigues

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See you in 2022!!!