From the Twitter Whale and Dumpling Emoji to Disney Shanghai Mickey Mouse, Yiying Lu creates iconic brand designs which transcend linguistic barriers and enchant a global audience.  

You’ve likely seen Lu’s work, whether you realized it or not. Her artwork “Lifting a Dreamer”, an international fan favorite, caught the attention of the team at Twitter who decided to use the design for the new sites error page – thus prompting the name Fail Whale. The Fail Whale quickly dominated the global creative conscious, resulting in sculptures, murals, even beer inspired by the Whale.

Yiying Lu

To experience another notable project of Lu’s, look no further than your mobile phone: In 2015, Lu made the surprising discovery that there was no emoji for some of her favorite foods, particularly dumplings, boba and other staple Asian staples  that have transcended geography to become part of the international palette. This had to change, and luckily Lu was up for the challenge. Although inspired by the Chinese potsticker dumpling, through this project Lu realized that the dumpling was a universal food that manifested in different forms across the world – A clear example of how food brings us together as a global community! Through this understanding, Lu created a number of important emojis which brought us together through visual communication.

Yiying Lu

Through iconic illustration and design, Lu speaks to our global community with a universal language rooted in creativity. Rich symbolism and visual storytelling is key element of her artwork, which is deeply inspired by her experiences as a global citizen of the world.

Focusing on universal themes like food and nature, Lu highlights our human experience, prompting the realization that we are more alike than we may think, integrating art and technology as a bridge to connect global audiences, inspire togetherness and cultivate community.

Check out this Interview with Yiying Lu: Cultivating Community Through Creativity to learn more about Lu’s background and what inspires her work!

In the Press

For more press, visit Yiying Lu’s website.

LUminary

Experience a visual journey of signs, symbols, and meanings shaped by vivid colors and bold shapes, inspired by nature, animals, and astrology. YIYING LU’s newest series, The LUminary, invites the audience to step into a world of a whimsical, imaginary, and playful new reality through the visual interplay of Gestalt: the relationship between figure and ground.

Something special is in the airCollectors of all drop artworks will receive a LUminous surprise! Stay Tuned!

The Luminary

Editions: 1
Pricing: Accepting Offers Only

*A 24 hour auction will ensue once reserve price is met

Lunar Stream of Thoughts

Editions: 5
Pricing: $2000 or ETH equivalent

*Final edition will be auctioned

Cherry Blossom Friends

Editions: 5
Pricing: $2000 or ETH equivalent

*Final edition will be auctioned

It’s not blood, it’s pomegranate juice.

Editions: 10
Pricing: $1000 or ETH equivalent

*Final edition will be auctioned

Winky Magick

Editions: 10
Pricing: $1000 or ETH equivalent

*Final edition will be auctioned

$1 Collector Raffle

Candy Crush 1

Editions: One

Pricing: $1

*Raffle entry limited only to current owner of Yiying Lu’s artworks on MakersPlace. Entry period is for 15 minutes only, between 3:30 -3:45 PM PT on 11/10.

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