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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3 months ago

Mixtape!

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#2

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

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MsM
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3 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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3 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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3 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.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn

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Juan Alcorta
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3 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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Fixin'Ta
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3 months ago

(Well, I mean, literally "Pinterest" came from the idea of pinning things on bulletin boards.)

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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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Celia
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3 months ago

I miss snail mail.. but then, its not save to give your full address to strangers now

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#8

Wikipedia

Wikipedia

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tuzdayschild
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3 months ago

Try several volumes

Firework
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3 months ago

It's not exactly a free encyclopedia.

GirlFriday
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3 months ago

My grandmother has an old set of encyclopedias on her book case. They were purchased when my mother was in school and my grandmother keeps them on the bookcase because she likes them. At a family gathering, my niece, who was like 11 at the time, was looking through them. We explained what the books were and how they were used and she started to look something up and couldn't find it. She kept saying, "WHY ISN'T EVERYTHING HERE? DID THEY JUST EXPECT TIME TO STOP?"

Kimberley Thomas
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3 months ago

This should look like a bunch of encyclopedias.

Hans
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3 months ago

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

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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3 months ago

People would probably mail in their contribution, that way the editor can read it before putting it in.

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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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tuzdayschild
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3 months ago

Suddenly the logo makes sense

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#10

iCloud

iCloud

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Harley Hans Hoglin
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3 months ago

This doesn't work. As Hans points out the 3.5 Disk is more like a memory card. The closest to the iCloud would be a main frame computer system. Which the school system I use to work for uses a modern version. Teachers and students don't save things on their classroom computers, it's all saved on the district's main server. Many of the student computers are nothing more than a keyboard, screen, and a little box, with some USB pug holes, and a CD driver. There aren't any programs in them, just like a late 1960's to early 80's business computer system. In a great money saving move, the super attendant told the IT department not to buy a back-up server for like $800-$1000. Then server crashed. Over $10,000 to have an outside company try and recover the information, plus replace the crashed server and buy a backup. Many of the younger teachers lost all of their students grades, because everything was on the server. As well as all their lesson plans, test, work sheets.

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Facebook

Facebook

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Daria B
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3 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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Oskar vanZandt
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3 months ago

Another one I've not heard of... not surprising as I am a little tech-apps resistant.

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Slack

Slack

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Oskar vanZandt
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3 months ago

Never heard of this- in either timeline.

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