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!

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Spotify

Spotify

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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8 months ago

Mixtape!

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#2

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

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MsM
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8 months ago

I kinda miss typewriters. I don't miss trying to correct typos on them, though.

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“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

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

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MsM
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8 months ago

I believe that my 80 year old father still has his black rotary phone.

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Netflix

Netflix

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Firework
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8 months ago

I would imagine Netflix as a video rental shop, because it's not just 1 film.

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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

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

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Juan Alcorta
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8 months ago

There are so many applicants for each job you apply to at LinkedIn, that you might as well throw your resume in a bottle to the sea.

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Pinterest

Pinterest

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

like the wall of a stalker

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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.

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Gmail

Gmail

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Hans
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8 months ago

Not quite. The first email was sent in 1984, so technically, Gmail could have originated from the 1980s.

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia

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Hans
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8 months ago

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Not quite. This would need to be a massive scratchpad, or similar, since everyone can contribute. This is not possible in a classical book.

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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

YouTube

YouTube

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Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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8 months ago

More like Youtube T.V.

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iCloud

iCloud

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Hans
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8 months ago

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Again, not quite. A floppy of the 1980s is comparable to a memory card of our days. iCloud, a online storage service, would e.g. be comparable to 1980s BTX or Minitel!

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Facebook

Facebook

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Daria B
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8 months ago

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.

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Domestika

Domestika

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Noel Bovae
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8 months ago

Never heard of this, or 'Slack' before. ...Off to do some googling. See ya, Pals.

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Slack

Slack

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Jeff Requier
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8 months ago

havent thought about slack in years

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