London-based Yukai Du’s wonderful illustrations explore our dependence on technology 

Date
8 October 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

Illustrator Yukai Du is originally from China but now resides in London after graduating from Central Saint Martins last year. Her illustrations, gifs and animations have a grittiness about them and it’s clear she’s been influenced by her time in the city as London bus stops, the underground and other subtle snapshots of the capital weave their way into her work. But technology and our dependance on it is also a recurring theme, with stories about mobile phones, treadmills and the digital revolution all featuring in Yukai’s domestic, everyday worlds that have a surreal edge. When combined with Yukai’s textured style, it’s a lovely contrast between the analogue and the digital in her well-considered tales.

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Yukai Du: Way Out

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Yukai Du: Way Out

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Yukai Du: The History of the Treadmill

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Yukai Du: The History of the Treadmill

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Yukai Du: Digitized Me

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Yukai Du: Digitized Me

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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