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David Bowie died and took art with him

— Anisocorians and heterochromians everywhere mourned the loss of The Goblin King and their Diamond Dog on the 10th of January 2016. What was particularly harrowing was that we all knew him personally, as evidenced by our mass status updates on Facebook. As if we were all his actual biological family. Tom from HR and Becky from Accounting who saw Labyrinth part way through once at a sleepover, suddenly became deeply sensitive creative artists (see how they live now),

However it was award winning photographer (and, ahem, Format user) Markus Klinko who gave us our last look at Bowie, after he released unseen outtakes from a 2001 photoshoot. The shoot depicted Bowie wrangling a pack of wolves, and frankly, there’s no other tribe he could have been raised by. See more of Markus Klinko’s work.

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FEB
It’s called FASHION, look it up: Before Yeezy got wheezy

— If you missed the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Gardens then we have that in common, are you as sad as we are? Crushed. We’ll give you the round up: a cross section of crop tops plus drop crotches gone totally right, this iteration of Kanye West's larger than life line of trash-activewear was displayed on a stage almost as large as the hype before his Life of Pablo album release. Featuring the freshest skin-tone silhouettes and only the most stoic of models, Kanye even managed to deck out Naomi Campbell in head-to-toe fur, creating his very own full-size fashion Furby. His convincing skills of "this is great fam just you wait" are clearly off the charts. The fashion show / album release party closed with a tribute to his late mother in the form of a video game which we are still waiting to be released for PS4. Any day now...

Back in Format-land, we watched as Street Photographer Zun Lee captured the untold stories of fatherhood in our second InFrame episode. We tried to get Madison Square Gardens to play the episode to wrap up the WWE Live Holiday Tour but apparently it wasn’t "on brand", whatever that means.

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MAR
Four Female Scientists Redesign the Patriarchy

— Design and science are one in the same. Art and science. Life and science. In what will ultimately go down in the history books as the ultimate game-changer: creativity and science become one to defeat sexism. Particle physicist James Maxwell, a consult on 2016’s "Ghostbusters", designed a helium-3 polarizing apparatus that produces high-pressure vapor using a ring-shaped particle accelerator, cryogen tanks and a hydrogen plasma source that when aimed at a cis male neutralizes the target and calms reboot anxiety. Human male Mister John was effusive: "I can’t believe it - I was certain that this new Paul Feig film would rip my beloved 1984 film from my love organs, but after being shot in the face with this proton weapon, I finally saw my place in the universe - and boy was it tiny!"

Swap plasma rays for paint and that's exactly what the women in Alexandra Henry's documentary "street artist" did. Henry described her film as "Celebrating female street artists who are transforming the urban environment in colorful ways. Whether visually protesting socio-political injustices or spreading messages of empathy, these women are using creativity to persevere social ignorance and find their own voices in the male-dominated world of graffiti and street art." To see more of Alexandra’s work visit her site.

See Format Magazines Article on Int. Women's Day here.

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APR
Drake put the Six on the map; we put the Drake all over this article.

— "In the 4th Month, let thee come and sit atop the highest point in the 6, bequeathing the masses with the Views therein you seek." And so it was foretold, and so it was written, and so it was done. April housed the release of Drake’s latest studio album as well as his very real ascension to the top of the CN Tower. Perched on the edge, Drake was poised to be meme-material we have only dared dream of. Never one to let someone else steal the spotlight, Queen Bey, bat in hand, released her Visual Album, Lemonade, just days before. Meme-makers everywhere essentially exploded with the gif-ability of this almost hour-long extravaganza for the eyeballs and earballs (very real medical term we researched extensively).

As the old saying goes, if you're not on Beyonce-time, you’re irrelevant. We couldn't very well let a visual album release roll out without coordinating a video-optimized theme launch. Slate is video’s BFF—they braid each other’s hair and gossip about all other themes at weekend sleepovers. We essentially made it super easy for you to upload Lemonade to your portfolio and watch it all day on loop. We are here for the people.

And so it was written, and so it was done.

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Image by Sarel Kromer, CC 2.0, link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gorilla_mother_and_baby_at_Volcans_National_Park.jpg
Harambe was a martyr for your shitty art.

— Were your eyes open? Are they open now? Or are you wearing novelty 'eyes-wide-open' spectacles? Wow. How could you. Must it take the cruel fate of captivity to remind you of your humanity? To remind you of your own creative bounds? I think you know the answer. Harambe died protecting a deviation in his routine. He died protecting life, itself. And no, not that the errant child that ultimately chose Harambe’s fate; but the very concept of 'living'. Living off the beaten track, changing your narrative, defying the Gods, spreading your wings - whatever you want to call it. Harambe was the single most creative genius to walk this earth in 2016, and you squandered it.

Image by brokinhrt2, CC 2.0, link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dq090702/2708506699/

That month we launched an iOS app called ' Format Galleries', sIt's an app that lets you update and add your work on the go. Anywhere. Any. Time. So what the hell is your excuse??? "It's not finished yet"? "I can't choose the right work"? "I would but, ow, my hands"? You’re wasting time. Be better.

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The redesign of Google Fonts in 2016 destroyed everything and anything we believed about typography.

— As word cosmetologists, at first it sounded like the cathartic clank of shackles falling away, but as font nutritionists it was a diet of disproportionate carbohydrates and fat. We mourned the loss of exclusivity, and in solidarity, over 598,672 websites, much like this one, switched to Arial in rebellion - thousands of designers dying in the process. But If the pack howls at the eternal moon of typography, all at the same time, who’s watching the cubs? And if that moon turns blood red, do we eat our friends? If a font is a streetwalker and we don’t have any cash on us, how big will that tab grow?

To keep the wolf pack hungry, Format.com heralded 20+ new typefaces into the portfolio builder app. The mountains parted and the rivers flowed. Billions of organisms everywhere rejoice: your individuality remains intact. This monumental half-christmas gift undoubtedly shadows anything Aunt Susan gave you, for that, we are not sorry.

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JUL
Image by Nicole Pagan, featured in Format Guide #4
Pink and yellow, pink and yellow, pink and yellow: How Instagrams rebrand ruined my life.

— Skeuomorphism is dead. No one can say you weren't ready - it was on life-support for years. What replaced bevels and shadows was earth shattering and unheard of in the design world: gradients. Instagram's update to neon pinks and the warm sunsets caused irreversible damages to a large portion of the community. From prolonged Friday lunch discussions, to Medium articles of up to nine-hundred words. The devastation was widespread. One man in rural Manhattan was quoted as saying "Pink is a bit much"*. Wow. It’s going to be hard to pick up the pieces, but if you bend your knees it’s fine.

*Editor's note: he dribbled a bit of his latte on his Lacoste polo as he spoke.

The good folks at here (Format), are ready with open arms. In July we added Instagram functionality to our platform, so now you can throw your personal brand on to your businesses brand, and pull in your insta-feed on to your site-plate. Show them how you do you.

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We Found The World's Ugliest Color, and yeah... IT'S LIT.

— Each year we wait with baited breath as Pantone reveals the colours of the year. After we've completely rearranged our wardrobes, houses, cars and hair colours, we are free to sing-song through another perfectly coordinated year. The Pantone announcement of the World’s Ugliest Colour had us all thinking: ok yes I see what you mean here. A stark contrast to the Rose Quartz and Serenity happy happy fun time colours of the year, opaque couché is the tone of our nightmares and should only be served straight up with a side of 2 Advils.



How dare you all discriminate against this olive green-ish colour using words like "dirty", "tar", and "death". Take it down about 10 levels, drama queens. On man's trash tone is another man's treasure trove. So, chanting "give opaque couché a chance" in unison, we compiled photography using this controversial tone to prove the naysayers wrong. Will this change your mind about opaque couché? Perhaps. We don't care, you can't sit with us anyways.

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SEP
Work by Simon Falk
The iPhone 7: A new 100% okay kind of design and a brand new color: ‘Just Black I think?’

— The cool and windy inevitable descent into fall was exacerbated by mass waves of "yum-yum-I-want" for Apple's greatest iPhone ever built (at least for a bit). The controversial decision to have the finishing gloss applied by the breath of 100 English swans to give it that extra quack, sent ripples in both the design and bird industry. More controversial was Ivey's decision to remove the headphone jack entirely, and using a more eco-friendly, sustainable material, sawdust(?), to fill the cavity. One thing's for sure: I dropped it please help.

Your gigantic and ever-growing iPhone screen means responsive themes and web design is more important than ever. Bigger is better is more things to look at with your tiny beady eyes. Even though you can barely fit the iPhone 7 in your hand, lay it flat on the table in front of you to peruse sites using Mica, the editorial-style layout that feels like you're reading a magazine — but ew paper. Feels bad. Even connect your iPhone with a wireless keyboard for better website browsing and online shopping. And how about a wireless mouse? Basically make it a desktop.

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OCT
Leaping from one giant innovation to the next.

— Hot on the heels of the most groundbreaking and definitely very, very different iPhone release the Apple gods smiled upon us once again and gave us a glimpse into the future. And not even the near future, the super distant, not even feasible for any other technology or company future. We're talking about: the Touchbar. Imagine us, mere peasants, having access to this revolutionary keyboard right at our fingertips. LITERALLY THOUGH.

This kind of revolutionary upgrade can only serve to make our lives better, faster, stronger, wiser. The perfect interweb accompaniment to a full interactive and engaging touchbase can only be: Online Stores. Lucky for the masses, Format's Online Stores opened the floodgates to enable online shopping for all. Rejoice! You can now purchase some of the most stunning and unique prints, pins, clothes, mugs, photographs and fruit—all from the comfort of likely the ugliest sweatpants you own. Using your FINGERS. TO TOUCH. THE TOUCHBAR. Revolutionary.

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NOV
Nothing happened at all. Very calm month.

— From the 1st to the 30th, November was of note for being the most perfectly normal months in recent memory. Perhaps a woman sat in a window looking at a squirrel, or perhaps water was sipped on a cool plain and flavorless chair. Either way November was marked by a staggering wave of The Nothing.

Unrelated - Format was ranked number 1 on petapixel.com as the preferred choice of platform for photographer portfolios.

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DEC
Everything is going to be okay

— We don’t want to lie to you but we have to. We want to tell you how much 2016 changed us, format.com, but we can’t. To show our hand now would defeat the purpose of gloves. Gloves: hiding secrets since 1902.

But if you watch this space... (well not THIS one, but you know, this one), bigger things are coming...

2017 hopefully
BYE 2016