End of year countdowns – interesting and insightful or lazy content fillers for the Christmas period? While you muse on that, why not enjoy the first part of our Top 100 Articles from the site in 2012. Over the next ten days we’ll be showing you which of the 2,500 posts were the most popular, purely based on the numbers and with no curation from us. So without further ado, which ten just sneaked into the final selection after a last few frantic days…
100 – Dan Has Potential: Hypnose for Metronomy (September 7)
It may have just broken into our list but Dan Has Potential’s video for Metronomy’s single Hypnose certainly won our hearts. WIth its cast of quintessentially British pets it touched on this country’s strange relationship with animals while also fitting the song perfectly.
99 – Thoka Maer: It’s No Biggie (September 25)
One of our absolute favourite GIF projects of the year came in the form of this charming Tumblr from Berlin’s Lisette Berndt, aka Thoka Maer. Reminding us not to get too het up by life’s little frustrations, this collection gave us all some much-needed perspective.
98 – Jonas Lindstroem (November 30)
Next up another Berlin-based creative into the top 100 despite being posted on the site less than a month ago. Jonas boasts a killer client list but nowhere are his consummate skills better demonstrated than in these arresting portraits.
97 – James T Edmondson (May 2)
Once again our Student of the Month has thrown up some great talents this year but only one makes our final countdown and that honour goes to uber-impressive graphic designer James T Edmondson from the California College of Arts in San Francisco. It’s not hard to see why…
96 – Pete Souza: Barack Obama (October 29)
Shortly before the American people went to the polls, these amazing pictures of Barack Obama by official White House photographer Pete Souza were a big hit on the site showing intimate moments in one of the most pressuried lives in the world. We’re not saying we swung the election but…
95 – Luke Stephenson: An Incomplete Dictionary of Showbirds (August 15)
And from Barack to birds we’re sticking with photography to celebrate Luke Stephenson’s delightful project featuring all manner of feathered friends apparently enjoying being the centre of attention. There were lots of Tweets about this if I remember rightly (sorry!)
94 – Dalton Maag: Rio 2016 typeface (October 17)
In many years 2012 will be defined by the Olympics but although you can look forward to (much) more about London’s summer shinding further up this chart, our first Olympic nod is actually to the next games in Brazil. Dalton Maag’s engaging typeface for the Rio games is surely a sign of things to come.
93 – Christopher Herwig: Soviet Bus Stops (June 6)
Three facts sum up this excellent work – 1. In the Soviet era transport-related infrastructure was exempt form the strict architectural rules and so some amazing bus stops were built. 2. Photographer Christopher Herwig spent some time documenting these structures. 3. They’re ace.
92 – Ten years of Vice, an interview with Bruno Bayley (November 28)
Vice magazine celebrated ten years in the UK last month so we sat down with European managing editor Bruno Bayley to talk about how the magazine had evolved over a decade. We also looked at some of the iconic covers for which the publication is so (in)famous.
91 – Emiliano Ponzi: New York Times show (April 12)
As much as we like the fresh-faced young creatives pushing any boundary available there’s always room for a legend. Emiliano Ponzi is one of the world’s leading editorial illustrators and his NYC show gave us a great opportunity to profile then man and his work.
- Ed Carvalho-Monaghan’s line work is translated into knitwear for It’s Nice That’s Unmade collection
- A fierce portrait of the battles, snaps and outrageous outfits of voguing culture from Ewen Spencer
- Artist Andrey Remnev’s hypnotic Russian Medieval-style paintings
- Illustrator Lili des Bellons' chipper images are full of geometric whimsy
- Matt and Dan’s stark graphic posters for Daniel Avery’s Divided Love
- A hotel’s Wes Anderson-esque dated decor and plant life photographed by Ina Niehoff
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- New Adult Swim project from the bonkers people behind some sexy Craigslist animations