Have you realized that you’re able to instantly identify a business by looking at its logo, even if its name isn’t a part of the logo? Perhaps you’ve noticed that you can correctly guess the nature of a business by looking at its logo for the first time, even if you’ve never heard of the business before? Logos can be an efficient way of communicating information clearly without using words.
Many mascots have been around for decades. As new brands forge their way into our homes, some brands are taking time to re-develop their logos completely.
Have you ever wondered how famous apps would have looked in the 1980s? Graphic designer Luli Kibudi surely did! The 28-year-old artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, currently living in Barcelona, created a new series called “Once Appon a Time” where she depicts famous apps a few decades back and gives them a new retro look. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the artist!
“Honestly, I just saw a picture of a Diskette on the internet and came up with the idea. I just thought ‘Oh, the iCloud of the old days.’ I was using my spare time stuck at home because of COVID-19 to work on new projects and I thought it would be fun to work on something like that! Once I figured out the main concept, I started thinking about all the other elements we used in my younger days and started connecting them with the apps we use today. I spent 3 days thinking about how to name the project, I wanted the name to have a twist of some sort, until I came up with ‘Once Appon a Time.’ So that’s basically how the idea popped into my head!” Luli says to Bored Panda.#3
In her project, Facebook becomes a long-forgotten photo album, Microsoft Word a retro typewriter, LinkedIn a newspaper’s job listing, and Gmail a physical letter. This series gives good nostalgia for old times when people used to search for jobs in newspapers, go to the nearest post office to send physical letters to one another, and have physical photos that they would keep in photo albums.#5
When asked how long it took for her to make one illustration, she said: “It depends on the simplicity: the ones that I spent less time on are the simpler ones, like Spotify and Netflix (half an hour). The more complex ones were Linkedin, Pinterest and Gmail, since i had to spend a few hours retouching them (3 hrs).” She says that she enjoyed creating this project as she could dedicate as much time as she wanted. “I enjoyed all of the steps: from thinking about the apps in the old days and linking it to retro elements to retouching all images and looking at the final designs!” she explains.#7
Luli Kibudi has been working as a graphic designer for almost 10 years now. Her main fields are the marketing and advertising industries. “I studied graphic design and did some marketing and programming courses. I worked in editorial design, marketing, advertising agencies, and brands, so I feel I could learn and experience graphic design from many different approaches.” She has a strong interest in arts and design so her series are extremely detailed and well-done. It’s even hard to tell that these things did not exist in the 1980s!#9
Personally, I perceive Facebook as closer to the following children’s hobby we used to have in my time. Someone would take a notebook, fill it with questions (1 question per page), and then pass it on for each classmate to answer, and have it returned filled with answers and maybe pictures from classmates and friends.12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12
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While some cats might be the queens of independence and prefer their privacy over human companionship, others you just can’t get rid of! Not that you would want to anyway! But sometimes it can be a real struggle, for example, when you wake in the morning and there’s a cute little furball sleeping on top of you and is way too cute to be woken up. Or when you’re binging on Netflix with your cat on your lap for the past five hours only because you couldn’t bring yourself to move it. This was exactly the case with Ziggy – it seemed the attention her owners, Rebecca May and her husband Alex, gave her was never enough, therefore Alex came up with a genius idea to create a fake lap for her to sleep on when they can’t sit with her themselves.
Londoners Rebecca May and her husband Alex adopted a senior cat named Ziggy 3 years ago when she was seven-years-old
When London couple Rebecca and Alex first brought Ziggy home from a local shelter, she appeared to be really shy and took a long time to get used to both them and her new surroundings. But as soon as she was comfortable with them, they couldn’t get away from her anymore since she turned into a real lap cat!
Even though Ziggy is really affectionate and cuddly, she’s also really shy and took a long time to settle into their home
It seems that now that’s she’s already been with Rebecca and Alex for 3 years, she trusts them completely and furthermore, is really demanding! “She’s almost on you before you’ve even sat down – she’ll see that you’re near the sofa and her eyes go black, her ears go flat like you’re a target. Once you’re down, she’s there.”
To her owners’ surprise, she turned into a real lap cat once she was finally comfortable with them!
“Even if you’re not sitting, she’ll find some way to be on you, whether it’s your back or your shoulder! When we’re both sat at our desks, she will sit behind you and yell until she has your attention. She becomes very vocal, but her meow is like a kitten’s. It’s so hard to ignore her, and she’ll yell and huff at the door if you shut her out, she gets very stressed.”
“It took her a long time to warm to us and I think that’s part of why she’s so intense,” says Rebecca
To fulfill her wishes to always sit on someone’s lap, Alex built a fake lap for her. “I think my husband Alex built the lap mostly as a joke to make me laugh!” Rebecca said. The only thing left after making the fake lap was to wait for the purrfect moment to try it out.
She’s desperate to be on your lap and will stay there for hours, just purring away
“We both work from home and had a day of phone calls and she gets quite vocal if we’re on the phone, but we can’t shut her out, so it was an ideal day for him to try it – but I don’t think he expected it to work. He took an old pair of trousers and stuffed them with a duvet cover, a towel, and a heating mat and she was on it straight away. The shoes weren’t strictly necessary…”
“Even if you’re not sitting, she’ll find some way to be on you, whether it’s your back or your shoulder!”
Even though Ziggy was not a fan of the heating pad before, she certainly loved it when it was a part of her fake lap. “I don’t think she’s fooled by it, but I think it must feel familiar to her. She stayed there for hours. That’s the longest she’s been away from us!”
“When we’re both sat at our desks, she will sit behind you and yell until she has your attention”
“We’ve only tried it a few times as we’re usually happy to entertain her, but there’s the odd occasion where we can’t and these come in handy. But they’re a bit too creepy to keep up all the time, so it’s currently on an as-and-when basis!”
Since it was hard for them to please their needy kitty all the time, Alex came up with a brilliant idea for creating a substitute lap for Ziggy
He took an old pair of trousers and stuffed them with a duvet cover, a towel, and a heating mat
Even though it was mostly built as a joke to make Rebecca laugh, Ziggy loved it so much, Alex keeps assembling the fake lap from time to time for her to sleep on when they’re not around
People loved the idea and shared little stories about their own lap cats
Grace and Frankie, the Netflix comedic hit that chronicles how former rivals become roommates after their husbands fall in love with each other, is as beautiful as it is brave and bawdy. That, in large part, can be attributed to the show’s efficacious set design, helmed by Emmy-nominated production designer Devorah Herbert.
“Grace and Frankie is a story about odd couples,” Herbert says. “In the beach house we have two women who are integrating their lives and bumping up against each other, so there is some contrast.” (While the beach house is narratively in La Jolla, its exteriors were shot in Broad Beach, California, and the interiors are shot on a soundstage).
The characters’ opposite styles—Grace’s meticulous perfection and Frankie’s bohemian ease—are on full display in their shared beachside home. “Grace likes to control her environment, and decorated the house with her impeccable taste,” Herbert says of Jane Fonda‘s character. “She came in and wanted everything just so. Maybe it looked like a gorgeous magazine spread, but then Frankie came in and she moved everything aside.”
As Fonda describes it to Architectural Digest, Grace “tolerates” Lily Tomlin’s character’s messiness and penchant for the unusual. “There’s a little bit of Frankie, but most of the beach house is subtle and tidy, and that’s all Grace,” Fonda explains.
Cocreator and executive producer Marta Kauffman agrees: “Grace clearly had the upper hand in decorating, but Frankie’s imprint is visible, too.”
Indeed, Frankie’s eccentricity spills over into many of the beach house’s more put-together, Grace-approved spaces, which creates a visual tug-of-war that’s both beautiful and unexpectedly hilarious. “We wanted to show these two really different styles, which is where the comedy comes from,” Herbert explains. “Frankie has her meditation room—with her Indonesian art, her pot, her incense—and then she has her studio with the penis pottery.”
For Tomlin, working in Frankie’s studio provides a critical connection to the character. “Frankie’s studio is the space most evocative of her personality,” Tomlin says. “When I enter the studio, I feel as though I am a painter and all the works hanging and sitting around are indeed of my making.”
The beautiful works seen on the show are not actually crafted by Tomlin’s own hand, but are primarily the work of Nancy Rosen, a Chicago-based artist whose paintings and drawings serve as one of the main vehicles for Frankie’s artistic voice. “Nancy is who Frankie is in terms of her maternal instinct [and] her passion for her work, her family,” Tomlin says. “When I sit in a scene studying a painting, I think, When did I paint this? It’s a memory I’ve forgotten, but it’s just as it should be. It’s just what I intended.”
Herbert echoes the significance of Frankie’s artwork: “It’s one of the most personal elements on the show. We didn’t go to a prop house—we had it all commissioned. It’s all so specific, and being able to handcraft each item every time Frankie has a new piece of artwork or an art show, that is really fun.”
Beyond Frankie’s creations, the world of Grace and Frankie is brought to life by pieces sourced from just about everywhere.
“We have a lot of vendors that we go back to over and over again, like Wayfair, Dovetail, Palecek, Palau,” Herbert says. “We sprinkle in some more traditional vendors like Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and Anthropologie, which is where Frankie’s hanging chair in the meditation room comes from.”
Looking ahead to season four, premiering January 19 on Netflix, Kauffman says that the beach house takes on a new meaning of sorts. “The beach house becomes a metaphor for that time in your life when your body and your bones betray you,” Kauffman explains. “The story of the house is an arc through the season.”
Herbert is just as coy: “I can’t say exactly what happens. But I will say that the biggest challenge and the most exciting thing, design-wise, for season four was taking and evolving the sets that we already have in pretty dramatic ways. The set changes really follow the story changes—you’ll have to tune in to see.”
No matter what the future has in store for the unlikely duo, it’s clear that without that beach house, Grace and Frankie wouldn’t be Grace and Frankie as we’ve come to know them. Their shared home is much more than a weekend getaway destination—it’s a central figure that propels the show’s themes of friendship and reinvention forward.
“The beach house is where these women learned to be friends,” Kauffman says. “This is the place that healed them. It is the third main character.”