Megan McKean is a designer, author & illustrator with permanently itchy feet.
Creating travel inspired pieces for McKean Studio, Megan is well versed in product design and manufacturing processes, with her work spanning digital, print and 3D forms.
Megan's illustration work is characterised by the use of bright colour palettes, strong line work and 'Easter egg' details hidden within each piece, encouraging the viewer to go back for another look to see what they may have missed. Her work is focussed primarily on travel and different locations from around the world, and she is always looking for an excuse to take a research trip! Megan's distinctive illustration style can be seen on the McKean Studio silk souvenir scarves, cheerful enamel pins, fine letterpress prints, and books.
Having authored, designed and illustrated children's books gives Megan a unique perspective in the design industry, with the ability to oversee, manage and create projects from conception through to the finished product. Her two titles 'Hello, Sydney!' (2016) and 'Hello, Melbourne!' (2017) have been received with great success, and shortlisted for several awards, including an Australian Book Industry Award (Best Small Publishers Children's Book of the Year, 2018), and the Australian Book Designers Association Award (Best Designed Childrens/YA Series, 2018). Both titles are published in Australia by Thames & Hudson.
Megan has worked with commercial clients in many sectors, with projects ranging from illustration and lettering, to content creation, travel writing and merchandise design. Clients include: The National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Brisbane, The Finders Keepers, Expedia, Starwood Hotels, Kate Spade New York, Kiehl's, BioCup, Myer, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Happy Socks, Palm Springs Tourism Bureau, Land of Nod/Crate & Kids, Frankie Magazine, SONY, University of Technology Sydney, Thames & Hudson and more.
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Bristopia, Interactive exhibition, and illustrations for animation, 2018, Museum of Brisbane
Illustrated merchandise from Hello, Melbourne! by Megan McKean, 2017, for the National Gallery of Victoria Design Store
Select illustrations from Hello, Melbourne! by Megan McKean, 2017, Thames & Hudson
Select illustrations from Hello, Sydney! by Megan McKean, 2016, Thames & Hudson