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ICYMI: A graphic artist designed cute images to portray apps in the old days

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Once Upon a Time is a project about how present-day apps mas-up with things from the '80s or even decades before that.
ICYMI: A graphic artist designed cute images to portray apps in the old days
Kibudi's portrayal of Instagram and Spotify

A project where modern meets retro

A post from a Facebook page called Blue Apple received a lot of attention from netizens as it showcases the works of Luli Kibudi. She's an Argentian graphic artist who is currently based in Barcelona.

In May 2020, she published a portfolio "Once Appon a Time". In the description, this is a project where modern meets retro. Basically, this is a creative campaign to portray apps in the old days. Kibudi's project got a total of 48.2K views and 4.5K likes on the Behance platform.

The Once Appon a Time or Once Upon a Time is a collection of combined popular and modern apps and stuff from the retro era. In this project, the Argentinian artist included Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other social media apps.
YouTube as a black and white television
YouTube as a black and white television

Luli Kibudi creatively represented Facebook as a physical photo album, Instagram as a photo reel, YouTube as a bulky monochrome TV, and WhatsApp as an old-fashioned telephone.
A VHS tape for Netflix
A VHS tape for Netflix

For Spotify, she chose the iconic cassette tape while the VHS tape is for the streaming platform Netflix.
A typewriter for the Microsoft Word
A typewriter for the Microsoft Word

The project also showcased some apps for work or productivity such as Linkedin, iCloud, Microsoft Word, Wikipedia, Pinterest, and others. Kibudi reimagined Linkedin as a classified ads section on the newspaper, MS Word as a typewriter, and iCloud as a floppy disk.

All of the depictions mentioned above bring a sense of nostalgia for the generations before the Internet became a norm. Aside from that, it also shows the function of the things from the old days and how it perfectly matches the applications people are currently using.

There's no wonder that more netizens appreciated Kibudi's project as Blue Apple posted it on Facebook. As of writing, it garnered more than 14,000 reactions and about 33,000 shares. 

You can visit other works from Kibudi on her Instagram account.

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