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Last Updated: Tuesday May 23 2006 14:26 GMT

Gorillaz designer wins top award

Russel of the Gorillaz rehearses ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 20
One of the creators of cartoon band Gorillaz has picked up a 25,000 award for the amazing 3D animation behind the virtual band's "live" performances.

Jamie Hewlett was named the winner of the Design Museum's prestigious Designer of the Year Award.

He won the prize for bringing the characters to life at events including the MTV awards where they famously performed on stage with Madonna.

The band's graphics and website animations were also commended.

Jamie Hewlett created Gorillaz with singer Damon Albarn.

The Designer of the Year award is the biggest award for design in the UK and is voted for by tens of thousands of members of the public.

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