At the end of a year that’s been brutal for small businesses around the world, Squarespace is highlighting half a dozen entrepreneurs who have been able to thrive this year despite the pressures of the pandemic, with digital portraits that take inspiration from another time of rebirth—the Renaissance.
“Browser History” imagines New York-based fashion designer Tia Adeola (above) as a needle-wielding dervish, surrounded by cherubic fans sporting the face masks she creates for celebrities and customers alike. The animated illustration is backed by a vaguely British voiceover detailing her accomplishments.
Rose Greenburg reclines atop a pile of the cushions she makes and sells, Richaud Valls drives a chariot filled with his signature baguettes, dancers from fitness studio Good Move frolic in the surf like sirens, comedian Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric fame strums a guitar as the world burns and writer Ziwe is a modern Pygmalion with a lot to say.
Each portrait created by Igansi Monreal proclaims its subject one of the “Best of the Worst Year.”
“‘Browser History’ is the first iteration of Squarespace’s annual series honoring the most creative and unique customers who bring their ideas to life on our platform every year," said Squarespace Chief Creative Officer David Lee in a statement. "I'm proud of how far the team has been able to push the boundaries of web design with the development of this dynamic site.”