Wowserino! That’s the only apt exclamation for the work of Chicago based graphic designer and illustrator Mike McQuade whose portfolio is a treasure trove of excellent ideas artfully executed. His online profile tells us that he believes, “hard work, persistence, insane optimism and mistakes lead to better work” and it’s a clearly a strategy that is reaping the rewards.
A range of work for big name clients combines powerful imagery with consummate skill and I particularly like how he presents the work, not overloading visitors to his website but focussing on a few choice visuals often of the work in situ.“I am obsessed with visual communication, sometimes it’s strange and awkward, other times beautiful and moving, most of the time it’s outrageous and full of insults. Nevertheless, it’s fun to observe and it indirectly informs all of my work, " Mike says. “No matter how good the execution or style of a piece, it will not work without a great idea.”
Mike, you had me on hello.
- Dressed in Black: the resolute book covers of the Spektrum series
- Dima Shriyeav’s textured poster designs incorporate hand-drawn and digital elements
- Hai-Hsin Huang’s detailed and delicate illustrations present “the lightness of being”
- Laurent Eisler draws playful figures in “precariously balanced compositions”
- Small Gods magazine explores “anomalies of the drone”
- Adam Wells animates Love and Radio’s Dan Deacon interview through obtuse vignettes
- Fashion photographer Miles Aldridge shoots the cast of Game of Thrones for Time Magazine
- The Netherlands’ royal crest changes gender for national women’s football team kit by Nike
- Peek inside erotic magazine Odiseo’s very NSFW tenth issue
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Design director, Gail Bichler, on The New York Times Magazine typography exhibition
- Mark Shaw captures the glamour of haute couture runways from the 1950s