Dylan McDonough

Dylan is a talented fellow and one of our featured students – he just won MADA Folio of the Year Award! Incredible! Have a look at his work and interview below...

Where are you studying and when do you graduate?

Studying at Monash University, Caulfield and currently finalising my work(s) for the 2013 MADA NOW Grad Show. This is my last year and have about two hours left until I need to be there!

What extra curricular activities have you taken part in whilst studying to boost your work experience/networks?

I was fortunate enough to secure a junior role at Studio HiHo for a short amount of time in the first half of the year, which was amazing to learn new skills and be involved in a great team.
After leaving HiHo, I actually entered TDK Threesome Melbourne and was able to collaborate with Motherbird + Graduate designer Anna Hatzisavas which scored me exposure.
Competitions are essential to stay in THE LOOP (my cheeky shout out to Pip Jamieson!) and to have your work viewed at a broader scale, other than the classroom.
Also I was fortunate enough to have pieces of work entered into both Tokyo Type Directors Club 2014 (By John Warwicker) and ISTD 2013 (By Gene Bawden)

tdctokyo.org/eng

istd.org.uk

motherbird.com.au

studiohiho.com

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What's your plan for when you finish?

Well hopefully land a junior graphic design role!
I'm not too fussed where geographically, somewhere where experimentation is pursued.
Work on some personal work, get back into painting.
London Calling?

Dream job in Australia?

Definitely one out of the next 5 studios!
Or taking a major leap and start freelancing.
I'm sure most graphic designers' dreams consist of opening up their own studio down the line!

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Favourite 5 studios you'd love to work for in Australia?

Tough!

Motherbird (Their portfolio and team are outstanding)
Hunt&Co. (Have you seen their publication design!)
South South West (Hell yeah!)
Alter (Sexy, sexy design)
M&C Saatchi (Well, why not?)

P.s Sorry Sydney!

Where do you go for inspiration? (online and offline)

Blogs are great + handy but not always curated as well as published pieces of design.
Books! The Monash Library in Caulfield is filled with contemporary art + graphic design books.
Art Galleries. Most of my inspiration rarely comes from pre existing graphic design. I love to check out new and old art and if you haven't already, start saving for Europe!

Also a big shout out to John Warwicker (TOMATO Studio, London) who, I must embarrassingly confess has been my mentor + judge + teacher throughout this final year studying at Monash.
Visual design is important, but thinking conceptually is more paramount.
www.tomato.co.uk

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Where to find Dylan McDonough online.

Website: dylanmcdonough.com.au

Instagram:@dylan_mcdonough

The Loop Profile: /DylanMcDonough

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