An Illustrated Decade of Pop Culture in Review

As this decade comes to a close, we’d like to recap a few of 2010s silliest, most nostalgic, and empowering moments. With the booming popularity of smart phones and social media, we are so overwhelmed with viral content that it can be hard to keep track of it all. Hopefully looking back on these moments will bring a smile (or maybe a cringe) to your face.

2010

Smart phones are popularized, Instagram is founded, and the decade of memes begins.
Illustration by James Boast

2011

We say goodbye to Harry Potter’s decade-long run with it’s final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Illustration by Steve Chorney

2012

“Gangnam Style” goes viral.
Illustration by T.M. Detwiler

The first Avengers movie takes superhero blockbusters to a whole new level.
Illustration by Orlando Arocena

2013

Frozen becomes the highest box office film gross for an animation.
Illustration by Steve Anderson

Doge, the beloved Shiba Inu, becomes an iconic meme.
Illustration by Beugism

2014

Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) tie the knot.
GIF by Kirsten Ulve

The Ice Bucket Challenge goes viral to fight ALS.
Illustration by Jim Talbot

2015

The United States Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage.
Illustration by Ben The Illustrator

Misty Copeland becomes the first African-American woman named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
Illustration by Laura Barrett

2016

R.I.P. David Bowie
Illustration by Laurindo Feliciano

Stranger Things premieres on Netflix.
Illustration by Jude Buffum

2017

The #MeToo Movement is founded by Tarana Burke and takes off.
Illustration by Annick Poirier

Margaret Atwood’s famous distopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale becomes a popular TV series.
Illustration by Katie Ponder

2018

Lady Gaga blows us away in her first film A Star Is Born.
Illustration by Mona Daly

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exchange vows.
Illustration by Rachael Saunders

2019

Game of Thrones comes to an end…and so does the decade
Illustration by Rob Ball