This referendum has arguably been not only the most historic, but also the most abusive, often manipulative and consistently monotonous in modern Britain. Luckily, artists and designers have used the opportunity to do what they do best: bring a fresh perspective to an otherwise overwhelming debate.
In times of hostility, uncertainty and general buggarness it's not uncommon for creatives to take to their pens, pencils and brushes in solidarity. It happened after the Paris and Brussels attacks, and it was artists way of showing support. Facing the prospect of us leaving the EU, the internet has been blooming with illustrations urging voters - who took to polls today - to remain. However hard you look, it seems like the Leave supporters don't have such an artistic streak...
Everyone and their mum voting remain has shared their support, from cats to croissant-peddling Parisians, so why not creatives? Great Britain is undeniably a creative hub - the UK currently accounts for 14% of the total EU workforce, with 21% in creative industry jobs - and any way you slice it, a Brexit would deprive the creative industries in one way or another. It's unsurprising then, that a recent survey of the UK's Creative Industries Federation members has shown that 96% are in favour of remaining in the EU.
With the result announced tomorrow, we round up the best illustrations to bring you some hope for the next 24 hours.
Brit enfant terrible Damin Hirst sees only butterflies and brightness for the UK's future... definitely a first for a man known to put pills on Christmas trees and dead cows in restaurants.
For the official Britiain Stronger In Europe campaign, 14 well-known artists created posters. Jon Burgeman's is probably the most relatable for millennials and their FOMO.
Head of digital productions studio ustwogames, Daniel Gray referenced their wildly popular game Monument Valley in this GIF. He tweeted: "Monument Valley couldn’t have been made without our EU team members. Help us make great games and #VoteRemain."
Turner Prize nominee Tacita Dean goes back to basics for full impact.
Bob and Roberta Smith
Brexit & Chill
And then there’s Brexit & Chill, an Insta dedicated to all referendum-related woes and musings.
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Another Instagram account full of referendum fun is Veronica Dearly's, whose pop-culture and fangirl posts give bring some humour into this otherwise stressful time.
To finish off, another sexy one: this time from illustrator and Boiler Room art director Joe Prytherch.