#1day1news1picture Graphic designer shows support for Meduza by turning headlines into colorful works of art

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We’d like to extend a special thanks to Moscow-based graphic designer Alexander Vasin, who, for the past four months, has expressed support for Meduza in his own special way — by taking on a “one day — one news story — one picture” challenge of his own invention. Vasin has been turning the headlines from Meduza articles into striking illustrations, published on his Instagram account under the hashtag #1day1news1picture.

The very first illustration in the series, published on July 29, was based on the headline of a Meduza story about ladybugs swarming a beach in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Krai.

Since then, Vasin has published more than 100 illustrations as part of the challenge. Here are some of our favorites. 

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Here’s what Alexander Vasin had to say about his artistic endeavor: 

“I decided to support Meduza because the newsroom asked for help. I thought: if Meduza suddenly needs illustration, I can draw them for free. This wasn’t really needed, but I was already set on it, and the project became my personal challenge. In principle, I could illustrate any article — but I take the news that excites me the most, [the news] about which I have something to say. So as not to just ‘depict’ what’s written in the headline, but to somehow rethink [it] graphically, to express an opinion. One illustration takes about an hour. […] I’m not going to end the challenge yet: I’ll draw so long as I enjoy it. But the planning horizon in our country is extremely small, so there’s no point in making any predictions.”

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