Insightful, enlightening interviews with big names ranging across illustration, animation, design, art and more.
Trojan Horse is a Unicorn, Adobe MAX, D&AD Festival - Digital Arts travelled far and wide this year to interview art and design's greatest talents, going in deep across their careers and bringing you the nuggets of wisdom needed to help propel your career.
Below you'll find our fifteen greatest interviews of the year, perfect for reading on this Christmas break away from the studio.
Some of them you can also watch on video - keep an eye on our new YouTube channel for more inspiring content in 2020!
The Last Freelance Wars
Last year the Freelance Wars Twitter account combined two of our favourite things: GIFs and snarky commentary on the daily frustrations of being a creative.
After a year, creator Alex Griendling decided to let Freelance Wars fade to black, and we caught up with him over email to look back over the project's success and find out if he's likely to resurrect it in 16 years time (or just next year with an embarrassing holiday special).
Takashi Murakami told us first he's turning to folk music
In this interview from ComplexCon 2019 the art legend told us which Kanye cover he made in a day, and why he's becoming a folk singer.
Chip Kidd is the Batman
The book cover master for Haruki Murakami on branding the Dark Knight and opening up his Batcave of sketches and Bat-Manga for a very special exhibition.
Tina Touli on being a design maverick
Tina Touli on livestreaming her design practice for students and brands like Adobe. The designer also told us about the power of experimentation, and gave advice on how to be a better teacher - watch video above or read the feature here.
How being bad at illustration encouraged Julian Glander to make his own AI art teacher
Find out how Julian Glander: The Movie became the Microsoft Paint of our future overlords in this gonzo interview from Pictoplasma 2019.
Illustrator Simon Landrein explains his peculiar, provocative comic strips
Simon Landrein's I Don't Get It has come to London's Pocko Gallery, a series of comics and prints that err on the edgy. We sat down with the artist for a chat and a giggle that you can watch above or read here.
Anti-Trump artist Edel Rodriguez on how he's not so different to Donald - and why dialogue is failing #MeToo
As Donald Trump hit London for his state visit he might have seen hard-hitting art by the man behind your favourite anti-Trump magazine covers. Find out more in our interview with Edel touching on black comedy, universal humour and his biggest similarity to the President.
Loish and the influence of The Little Mermaid on her female character designs
Neww Dutch master Lois van Baarle on designing for Horizon Zero Dawn, and why thin eyebrows won't exist after the apocalypse.
Webcomic Name's Alex Norris and loop king Laurie Rowan on finding success and laughter with their characters
Two great talents whose characters you can recognise from anywhere talked to us from Pictoplasma and D&AD Festival 2019, with topics ranging from barmy ballet and comedy to the artist as a persona.
From Game of Thrones to Women's Weekly: Ricardo Bessa on his sublime style and diverse clients
The illustrator discussed with us his work, influences and why representing LGBT+ identities is so important to him.
The geometric, gonzo world of Tokyo-based vector artist BloodBros
An interview with Emile Holmewood aka Bloodbros, the vector artist who'll catch your eye with his comics, GIFs and characters.
Cute cats and cult cinema - say hello to South Korean illustrator Dasom Yun
In her first English interview the South Korean talent talks about her love for Aardman, Awkwafina and Hong Kong cinema.
Fleabag and film noir: Jennifer Dionisio on how cinema inspires her timeless artistry
The London artist tells us about mastering film-inspired illustration, and how her striking Fleabag billboard came to life.
Lena Vargas on bringing life, fun and adventure to her art
There’s so much life to the artwork of Lena Vargas Afanasieva – who illustrates professionally as just Lena Vargas. Her work is packed with movement and detail, with contrasting colour palettes used to hold each composition together, guiding the eye around each element to discover little visual metaphors and other delights.
We discovered her due to her illustration for a HuffPost article on how the Game of Thrones pilot could have been a terrible mess – and she’s also created work across editorial (The Washington Post and Playboy) and advertising (Johnnie Walker and Toyota). We wanted to find out more about her and her approach to her practice, so caught up with her over email.
Illustrator of strong women Camila Rosa explains why she's a political artist - but not an activist
The Brazilian illustrator discusses her approach to activism in art, and her journey from industrial designer to political artist of note via the city of New York.
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