Since its inception in 2004, the annual Pictoplasma character design conference in Berlin has delighted audiences with its eclectic mix of back-to-back artist presentations, installations, colourful exhibitions, playful interactive displays, screenings, and all-night parties.

Returning to Berlin this year for their 11th edition with top artist presentations by TADO, Akinori Oishi, Yomsnil, Yves Geleyn, Birdo and many more, I discovered a diverse line-up of participating artists covering a wide range of media and disciplines, from illustration to game design, installation, urban and fine art, offering audiences the chance to learn from some of today's most innovative and influential artists and illustrators, cutting-edge graphic, toy, game and fashion designers and leading animation filmmakers.

Read on to discover the best things said by leading artists, designers and animators at this year's festival.

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