Megan McKean is a designer, travel writer, author & illustrator. Creating travel inspired pieces for McKean Studio and other companies, her work spans digital, print and 3D forms. Megan's illustration work is characterised by the use of bright colour palettes, strong line work and surprising details hidden within each piece, encouraging the viewer to go back for another look to see what they may have missed.
Having authored, designed and illustrated children's books gives Megan a unique perspective in the design industry, with the ability to manage projects from conception through to the finished product. Her four titles 'Hello, Sydney!' (2016), 'Hello, Melbourne!' (2017), ‘Hello, Australia!’ (2018) ‘Hello, New Zealand!’ (2019) have been received with great success, and shortlisted for several awards, including an Australian Book Industry Award (Children's Book of the Year, 2018), and the Australian Book Designers Association Award (Best Designed Children’s Series, 2018). The ‘Hello…!’ series is published in Australia by Thames & Hudson.
For commercial enquiries, please visit Megan McKean’s portfolio site at meganmckean.com or get in touch via email anytime.
Megan has worked with commercial clients in many sectors, with projects ranging from illustration and lettering, to content creation, travel writing and merchandise design.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Play-Doh, The National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Brisbane, The Finders Keepers, Expedia, Marriott Hotels, Kiehl's, Kate Spade New York, BioCup, Myer, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Happy Socks, July, Palm Springs Tourism Bureau, Crate & Kids, Bared Footwear, Frankie Magazine, SONY, Lenovo, Thames & Hudson, University of Technology Sydney, Palm Springs Style , The Big Design Market
Our round-the-world honeymoon was spent soaking up the sun in L.A, admiring art in N.Y.C, eating pastries in Paris and strolling the streets of London, Brussels and Amsterdam. We returned home with itchy feet and inspiration for McKean Studio, creating a range of contemporary souvenirs that capture the fun of travel. Since our honeymoon, we've practiced our Swedish in Stockholm, road-tripped Route 66, admired the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, paddled swan-boats in Tokyo, brunched in Melbourne and pretended we were in the swinging 60s in Palm Springs — each trip inspiring the creation of unique souvenirs for modern travellers.
Our designs have been featured in countless publications including The Age, Frankie, Architectural Digest, Good Weekend, Harpers Bazaar and Inside Out, as well as online publications such as The Design Files, Broadsheet, Cool Hunting and Design Sponge. We also write for Expedia, sharing the best ways to spend your time in cities in Australia and abroad.
Currently we work from our sunny studio in Sydney's inner west, and are always dreaming of where to travel next. Everything that McKean Studio produces is proudly designed by the two of us in Australia.