The Requisite End of Year Lists

Google's Zeitgeist.

• Time's The Top 10 of Everything of 2011: In 54 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad, of the past 12 months.

Best of TED 2011.

• Big Think's The Year in Ideas.

• Food & Wine's The Best Beer and Wine of 2011.

• Brand New's The Worst Identities of 2011, The Best.

• Co.Design's Favorite Branding Projects of 2011.

• Adweek's The 10 Best Commercials of 2011: The year's most impeccable craft and storytelling in advertising. The 30 Freakiests Ads of 2011: Van Damme to David Lynch, zombies to food phantasmagorias, the year's craziest spots. And lastly, The 20 Most-Shared Ads of 2011.

• Ad Age's 2011 Book of Tens: Ten 2011 Campaigns Creativity Loved, The Year's Social Media Blunders, Most Influential Marketers and More.

• Creative Review's Advertising Picks of the Year, Music Video Picks of the Year.

• Co.Design: 14 Of The Year's Best Ideas In Interface Design.

• The 99% Percent's Best of 2011: Our Most Popular Tips, Interviews & Think Pieces.

The Best Architecture of 2011: Jonathan Glancey's choice for The Guardian. Frank Gehry completed his first Manhattan skyscraper and Mattel Toys launched Architect Barbie, but it was very much Zaha Hadid's year.

• Entertainment Weekly's The Best of Stage 2011.

• Wired's Game|Life The 20 Best Videogames of 2011. And NPR's Top 10.

CreativeApplications.Net reports innovation and catalogues projects, tools and platforms relevant to the intersection of art, media and technology. They've selected the Best and Most Memorable Projects of 2011.

• The Year in Pictures: New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Big Picture (I, II, III), Reuters.

• The Atlantic's In Focus The Year in Volcanic Activity.

• The Creators Project: The Year in Legos, Best Music Videos, Best Animation & Motion Graphics, Best Interactive Installations.

• Flavorpill's The Best Debut Novels of 2011.

• New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011.

• BookPage's 25 Best Book Jackets of 2011.

• Coverjunkie's Best Magazine Covers of 2011.

• Longform's Best of 2011.

• The Million's A Year in Reading.

The 20 most popular Nieman Journalism Lab posts of 2011.

• World Go Boom: DJ Earworm Mashes up the United State of Pop 2011.

• The New Yorker's Culture Desk Best 26 Films of 2011. (Yes, 26).

• Mashable's The 10 Craziest Kickstarter Projects of 2011.

• io9's Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2011. Wired Science's Top Scientific Discoveries of 2011.

• My Modern Metropolis' Top Ten Illusions in 2011.

The Year That Was: The Morning News gathered writers and thinkers around the world and asked them to sift through the past year of revolutions, deaths, discoveries, and breakthroughs to answer: What was the most important event of 2011?

Ten Days That Defined 2011.

• RIP Tech: Macworld's 10 products and services that died in 2011.

• The Week's Remembering Those Who Passed Away.

• If this list is not comprehensive enough for you check out Fast Company's The Best And Worst Of Everything In 2011: A Mega, Meta Mashup.

23 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year’s Eve.

• JWT 10 Trends for 2012.

• CNN's Top Tech Trends for 2012.

• TrendWatching's 12 Consumer Trends for 2012.

When 2012 starts around the World.

Updated on Tuesday, January 3, 2012:

2011 is now gone but the great lists keep coming:

• FontShop's Best Typefaces of 2011.

• The Dieline's Top 100 Package Designs of 2011.

• The Verge's The Best Tech Writing of 2011.

• Harvard Business Review's Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

• The Best Board Games of 2011.

• Vimeo's 11 for '11.

• Information is Beautiful's The Top 21 Albums of 2011 from 120 Top 10 Lists.

• The Best of Open Culture 2011.

• Welcome 2012: New Year's Around the World.

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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