Designer of the Week: Markus Magnusson

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Designer of the Week Markus Magnusson is a freelance

illustrator and motion designer. He’s worked on everything from Google Doodles and ESPN animations to media app movies for Sony. You may notice something about all of his projects, regardless of the client: They’re interesting, eye-catching and fun. Go on, take a look—we dare you not to smile.

Name: Markus Magnusson

Location: Kristianstad, Sweden

Websites:;; and check my Instagram for the latest latest work—the stuff I haven’t even thought of yet:

How would you describe your work?Flat and Fun. I just made that up, but it actually sort of sums it up. This passion really started with me making crappy movies with my friends, so storytelling also makes up a great deal—at least, I tell myself this.

Where do you find inspiration?I would love to say that I run off to a little cottage in the woods, but the truth is that 99.9% of it is found on the web. Places like Pinterest and Dribbble are great, but also Instagram if you can stomach the occasional selfie

Who are some of your favorite designers or artists?Eran Hilleli’s animation & character work is just pure magic, makes you feel like a kid again.

Jorge R. Canedo Estrada is probably the best motion designer on this side of the Milky Way.

Tom Haugomat’s illustrations are just perfection, a true treat for the composition nerd.


Do you have a favorite among all the projects you’ve worked on? And is there a project that stands out to you as having been the biggest challenge of your career so far?I really don’t wanna single any project out. They’ve all been more or less equally fun & frustrating. Ooh yeah, don’t get me wrong: Sometimes when you sit up all night trying to perfect something you kind of wished you had a 9–5 job. But all of this comes with the territory. Those of us who get to work like this are truly blessed and should really never complain.

The things I do remember are all the wonderful people; they are really nice in this business. I used to be a crappy chef, so I can vouch for this.

What do you hope to accomplish in the future?I wanna start making more short films. Animation or live-action, doesn’t really matter, it’s just that I have an urge to put some more meat to my storytelling bone.

What’s your best advice for designers today?Just keep yourself busy with stuff. At the end of the day, it’s just a craft, and like all other crafts you need to practice it to get better.



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