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 giphyI think that’s rad.

Yukai Du, image courtesy  www.dandad.org


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.

PhoneGap Build Illustration II – Adobe CC courtesy http://www.yukaidu.com


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.

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