Falling in love with Mike McQuade's graphic design and illustration excellence

Date
27 April 2012
Reading Time
1 minute read

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.

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Mike McQuade: Op-Ed illustration on Kodak bankruptcy for The New York Times

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Mike McQuade: Op-Ed illustration on Kodak bankruptcy for The New York Times (detail)

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Mike McQuade: Op-Ed illustration on Kodak bankruptcy for The New York Times (online)

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Mike McQuade: Cover illustration for Bloomberg Businessweek on Palantir

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Mike McQuade: Do it with Gusto poster

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Mike McQuade: Mies van der Rohe 125th anniversary poster

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Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

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