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Character Design Secrets: There’s A Hidden World Right Under Your Nose

Deborah “Tartaruga” Feliz is an illustrator using character design to change the environment around her to show the silver lining of every moment. Not every situation calls for joy, but optimism brings hope, and hope inspires change. Her work focuses on bringing more empathy and love to the worl...

Meet the Five Artists Changing the Way We Think About Issues

Success doesn’t mean you know what you want to do with your life. It’s knowing what kind of world you want to do it in. Knowing the artwork of the greats is important, but nothing is as inspiring as discovering the work of a peer who is trailblazing their way into future art history textbooks. F...

4 Refugee Artists Reframing Their Narrative

Uprooting your life is a challenging concept in any form, and to do so when faced with danger and adversity is truly harrowing. But that’s not the story these artists are telling. These artists are reminding us that when confronted with chaos and tragedy, art goes on. The need for creative express...

“Labels are irrelevant” How Character Design is Battling Judgement from a New Angle

Nathan Richards, 21, is an Australian illustrator using character design to break down barriers and prove that there’s beauty in everyone. I came out only a year ago as a queer. When I did, I realized how afraid I had been to be my true self. Now, as an artist, I feel like it’s my responsibility...

Sustainable Design: Finnegan Harries on Reconnecting with Nature in NYC

Three weeks ago, I spent seven days traveling through two national parks with an old friend. Both Banff and Jasper National Park offer breathtaking views of verdant valleys guarded by snow capped mountains and dotted with impossibly blue lakes. The experience was a stark contrast to the city that I ...

5 Tips on Creating Powerful Films from a Sundance Award Winner

Jeff Orlowski shares insights on creating cause-driven art, and the advice he wishes he’d gotten as an emerging filmmaker. Jeff Orlowski is a Sundance Ignite Mentor and Director of award-winning films Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral. The films capture the devastating decay of our planet’s glaciers...

These Artists Used Instagram to Prove Collaboration Has No Bounds

From the Middle East to the American South: Zeina, 19, and Merrick, 24, collaborated across continents to share a story of the need and the hope of Syria. But this story is bigger than their work. Think back to last time you created something. Did you write/paint/plan/build in a vacuum, separated fr...