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Dec 28, 2018

Literally Just 30 Striking Illustrations From BuzzFeed UK In 2018

Explaining the stories behind the art.

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For Hanifah Rahman's essay Everyone Needs To Start Rearranging Their Bedroom Furniture And Here’s Why, illustrator Tobatron created this Ikea-inspired GIF.

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In a BuzzFeed exclusive, Emily Dugan found research showing that the number of people being turned away by family lawyers in England and Wales has risen fourfold since 2014. I liked the idea of an angry child scribbling all over the Ministry of Justice's logo rather than colouring it in.

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Alva Skog, a 2018 graduate of Central Saint Martins in London, did this illustration for Cassie Smyth's piece Sewing Is A Life Skill That So Many People Are Missing — Here’s Why You Need To Learn.

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Illustrator Sian Butcher created this header for a BuzzFeed News investigation titled Exposed: Hundreds Of Homeless Slaves Recruited On British Streets.

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To celebrate the start of this year's Great British Bake Off, we photographed the host and comedian Noel Fielding, then commissioned New York design company Vault 49 to make Noel's head melt.

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The European Research Group has dominated the Tory debate on Brexit in the British government, but its true size and membership has been a mystery. BuzzFeed News identified scores of MPs who back its cause.

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For Scott Bryan's 27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018, we gave different illustrators the same brief: Show how podcasts can transport people to a different place. This was illustrator Toby Leigh's response.

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This header design features photography and headlines from a number of BuzzFeed UK stories published in the past year. It was used in this exclusive story by Emily Dugan: The Home Office Has Created A Secret Process To Solve Immigration Cases That Generate Negative Headlines.

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LGBT editor Patrick Strudwick's story The Government Threatened To Deport This Man With Learning Disabilities Because They Didn't Believe He Could Be Gay was illustrated by Rebecca Hendin, whose images each evoked the feeling of a sad memory.

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In November, BuzzFeed's world news reporter Rose Troup Buchanan wrote a piece titled “We Can’t Save Everyone”: The Hopeless Mission Of The Only Ship Still Rescuing Refugees. The image of rescuers watching someone drowning without being able to help was a powerful one and represented the issue at the heart of the story.

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There have been many Brexit illustrations to accompany BuzzFeed UK's coverage in 2018. This one represents the topic in the most simple terms possible.

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Money, Russia, politics, spies: This report by Alex Spence had a rich set of images to draw from. Like the story, the illustration centres around Monaco, with the key characters and other locations circling.

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Every year, BuzzFeed UK asks an illustrator to help create the identity for that year's Black History Month coverage. In 2018 we commissioned Dale Edwin Murray.

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Big rewards for investors and executives, “chaos” and “unhygienic” conditions for children. Richard Holmes' piece on Britain's largest private child care home provider was illustrated by Rob Dobi.

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This illustration is a depiction of how some Labour members and voters feel about Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May. It was used in Hannah Al-Othman's piece: Here’s The Inside Story Of What’s Really Going On With Labour And Brexit.

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Natalya Lobanova illustrated and wrote an essay called If Your Skincare Routine Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It.

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For Rachael Krishna's piece titled The #MeToo Era Is Happening In South Korea Whether It’s Ready For It Or Not. The illustration plays with the South Korea flag and the idea of a mass movement.

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Dan Woodger created this fun illustration for Jasmin Nahar's piece The Type Of Person I’ll Definitely Be Once I Buy This New Notebook. The crowd huddle around the precious notebook, while behind them hang famous artworks with cobwebs on them.

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Rob Dobi created this powerful illustration for Emily Dugan's piece: Victims Of Trafficking Were Refused Free Legal Advice Because The Government Got The Law Wrong.

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Senior political correspondent Alex Spence's piece This Huge Leak of WhatsApp Chats Reveals The Full Fury Of The Tories’ Brexit Split revealed many hostile exchanges about Theresa May and her government.

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Police Are Struggling To Cope With An Avalanche Of Digital Evidence was a report from Patrick Smith, who explored how police forces in Britain are overwhelmed with information gathered from mobile phones and social media.

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In her essay How I Fell In Love With Love Stories, Cecilia Vinesse talks about her love for books. Illustrator Sam Taylor created this fun love-themed illustration with Cecilla at the centre.

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Alessandra Genualdo's unique style was perfect for Hannah Al-Othman's disturbing story on the techniques used on psychiatric patients by the notorious Dr William Sargant: This Is What It's Like To Be Put To Sleep So You Can't Resist Electric Shock Treatment.

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Using the only photo available of the man at the centre of the story, this illustration was the header for an award-winning BuzzFeed News investigation: This Russian Double Agent Is A Lot Less Dead Than He Seemed.

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For Scott Bryan's piece 27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018,

mentioned above, this was American illustrator Tyler Spangler's response.

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Jasmin Nahar's essay describes why September should be the month of reinvention. Natalya Lobanova's illustration combined the ideas of work and school in a fun way.


Tim Lane is an Art Director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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