Mike McQuade YG9

  • Current Location: Chicago, IL
  • Originally From: United States
  • Studio: Self Employed

Mike McQuade currently lives, works and plays in Chicago. He believes that hard work, persistance, insane optimism and mistakes lead to better work. Mike describes his graphic design and illustration methods as a raw and always transforming. He gathers most of his inspiration from everyday happenings. "I am obsessed with visual communication, sometimes it's strange & awkward, other times beautiful & 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 believes strong concept in design is as important as the the visuals themselves and says, "No matter how good the execution or style of a piece, it will not work without a great idea."

Portfolio Imagery:

  • Project 1 of 5

    WIRED UK Magazine - Editorial Illustration

    Article on the death of traditional advertisement, the concept focuses on the annoyance of online ads and how most users will do anything to not have them disrupt their daily lives.

  • Project 2 of 5

    WIRED UK Magazine - Editorial Illustration

    Article about being too connected and it's consequences. Devices, emails and text messages all seem to require immediate response and leave little room to focus and get much of anything else done. The concept focuses on conveying that feeling of drowning in expectations visually.

  • Project 3 of 5

    Herb Lester Associates - NYC

    Herb Lester Assoc. teamed up with Matthew Hranek who runs the William Brown Project to curate a beautiful map of NYC. The cover concept is an illustrative way of hinting to some of the places pinned on the map as well as the title of the map itself.

  • Project 4 of 5

    NYTimes Op/Ed piece - Title: Man On The Moon

    The Op/Ed was on the significance of having curiosity on Mars highlighting how space travel is not a frivolous tax payers expense. The concept was to focus on the unknown and how it directly influences our technological advances here on earth.

  • Project 5 of 5

    Little Queenie self-titled album

    7-inch album cover concept for a quirky 3 piece band from Oakland, CA. The concept is a reflection of their name in a way. They have a very rough sound with 2 base players and no guitarist, the only direction was to think biker gang.

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