Animation maker

Duolingo acquires Gunner, a Detroit-based design and animation studio

According to Gunner, they gravitated to Duolingo’s mission statement:

Developing the best education in the world and making it accessible to all…

“The purpose of our work – and who it benefits – has been on our minds for a long time, especially on customer-focused projects,” the Gunner team says. “Duolingo’s mission felt right and we knew we could put our energy into it.”

Gunner says it will continue to produce unbranded content, R&D projects, and shorthand content under its new owner Duolingo. Its sister studio Hobbes will continue to operate independently as a motion studio focused on creative solutions in product design and emerging technologies. In 2024, the company also plans to launch an independent art and animation school in Detroit.

Gunner co-founder Ian Sigmon explained his feelings in a press release: “We’ve been blessed to collaborate with so many big brands as a studio, but over the past two years Duolingo has stolen our hearts. Our artists give so much attention to each project, so it’s only fitting to be in a company that invests in art and has a mission that we believe in.

Duolingo co-founder and CEO Luis von Ahn added, “We know the hardest thing about learning a language, or any new subject, is staying motivated, and that’s why we make Duolingo fun. Art and animation are the foundation of the Duolingo brand, and we use them to help make Duolingo a beloved daily habit in the lives of millions of learners.

Duolingo’s has taken significant steps to improve and expand the visual components of its platform, and in October last year hired highly respected animation director Linda Simensky as its first head of animation. .

End of the Duolingo lesson