A new year, a new month – a new season for the SWIM podcast. That, of course, means a new round of #SWIMfan women to learn about and ogle over their talent.
January’s #SWIMfan2017 ((if you haven’t caught it yet in the twitter feed)) is Yukai Du. She is a tremendous artist, animator, and illustrator hailing from China and currently based in Brighton, UK. Her colorful and distinctly textured style has attracted such clientele as TED-Ed, MIT Technology Review, The Washington Post and The Telegraph. She’s even a featured artist at giphy – I think that’s rad.
She is young and bold and clearly affected by how technology intermingles with our lives and how we intermingle with each other in this post-interconnected world. Her work plays on these themes almost constantly. Her color palate is selective, ususally 3 or 4 colors to a design, and spread across the canvas in such a way, that unbeknownst to you, you’re actually enjoying seeing a 4-color theorem of a modern map of society and not the boring ones you had to learn in elementary school.
Yukai graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2014 and has captured many a mind and attention as is evidenced with her list of awards is such a short time.
These are just some of the awards as listed on her website: Selected, Illustrative 2016, Germany, ‘The History of Treadmill’ & ‘The Ethical Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars’, Official Selection (Commissioned Film), Annecy International Film Festival 2016, France, Shortlisted, World Illustration Awards 2016, UK, Winning Collection, International Motion Art Awards 4, Wood Pencil Winner, D&AD New Blood 2015, UK, Emerging & Established Award, Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2015, UK, Winning Collection, Latin American Ilustración 4, USA Official Selection, CutOut Fest International Animation & Digital Art Festival 2015, France, and ‘Way Out,’ Official Selection, Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014, USA.
I love her work still, but I love it in motion too. Have a look-see for yerself!
If you want to see more of her amazing work, visit her website at http://www.yukaidu.com/ and definitely give her a follow on Twitter @YukaiDu.
Have a suggestion of a Strong Woman you’d like to see highlighted or interviewed? Let us know with a shout-out using the hashtag SWIMring ( #SWIMring @youareswim ) or email us. Until next time, just keep SWIMming!