Amit Shimoni: Hipstory World Leaders Gone Viral

Young designer and illustrator Amit Shimoni found himself often speculating about historical world leaders, wondering what these influential individuals would have been like had they existed in a different society, a different time, a different context. As a result of his imaginings, Amit created Hipstory, a series of images featuring these iconic figures as modern day hipsters which has recently gone viral.

Amit and his hipstories have been blowing up the interwebs the past couple of days, being featured in all sorts of places spanning from Fast Company’s Co.Create to Esquire to Demilked. The story has been reposted hundreds of times and also covered in a bunch of languages, including Bulgarian, Thai, Portugese, Slovenian… We thought it’d be interesting to take a look at the coverage from a few different perspectives:

BuzzSumo allowed us to gauge which publications running the story were getting the highest number of social shares, as well as an approximate benchmark for those. Even looking a very small sample of just the top mentioned articles, it’s clear that there have been thousands of shares in the past week.

Healey and Ramaswarmy from the Computer Science department at NC State University’s Sentiment Viz tool enables the visualization of sentiments, tag clouds, affinities and more on Twitter. These tag clouds depict the words that most commonly appeared in tweets about Hipstory and Amit Shimoni, respectively.

This graph from Topsy shows the progression of tweet volumes containing Amit Shimoni (in orange) or Hipstory (in blue).

Amit says that “it is my hope that this series will encourage us to reflect: upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves. And failing that, Hipstory will at least make us smile.” If the numbers are anything to go by, Hipstory has certainly resonated with a lot of people, probably put some smiles on faces and hopefully inspired some reflection.

The rest of the series can be found in Amit’s Nuvango portfolio.

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