mkn design is a small, yet experienced design and illustration studio.

Motivated by problem-solving through research, questioning, and listening–resulting in thoughtful, compelling experiences for brands around the world.


Design Services:
• Book cover design
• Brand and visual identity
• Brochure and print design
• Conference and exhibit design
• Creative direction
• Creative strategy
• Packaging design
• Photography Art Direction
• Print Production
• Research and insight
• Signage and environmental design
• Web design

Illustration Services:
• Editorial
• Iconography
• Infographics
• Poster
• Technical

Michael works closely and collaboratively with clients throughout the design process–which is transparent, strategic, thoughtful, and with great attention to design and illustrative craftsmanship.


Design and Illustration Process:
I utilize a simple
process which engages conversation from internal and external perspectives.

1. Understand

Project Initiation / Orientation / Research



2. Ideate

Define + Develop:
Creative Strategy / Exploration / Development / Refinement


3. Execute

Production / Launch / Completion


Partial Client List:
I work with a diverse group of clients across a variety of industries.


Accolades and Awards:
• Broad Stripes, Bright Stars (Group Exhibition) – "Thirteen Stripes, Fifty Stars" from the Citizen Project    shown at Ely Center of Contemporary Arts (2017)
• Monsa Publications – featured work of Urban Totem for the book, Skate, Surf and Art (2017)
• Dwell Magazine – design and illustration work featured on and in the issue of Dwell
   Magazine, December (2016)
• Design for Good, Identity System – AIGA Behance Project Feature (2015)
• AIGA Baltimore, Blue Ridge & University of Baltimore – O! Say, Can You Design a Poster?" – Award
   of Excellence (2014)
• AIGA Philadelphia Animate! – Fellow Award Gif Animation (2014)
• Communication Arts – Typography Annual Award (2014)
American Advertising Awards – Creative Excellence for (2000)
Heinz Jordan Award – Best in Show, Sheridan College and Heinz Jordan (1998)

Speaking Engagements:
Entrepreneurial Gold Podcast – Entrepreneurship in graphic design and illustrative (2017)
Calvin College – What can design and designers achieve (2017)
AIGA – Thoughts on Design, panel discussion (2017)
University of Notre Dame So You Want to be a Designer (2016)
Kendall College of Art and Design – Building Your Brand/Ego (2015)


Published Work and Articles:
Monsa Publications – Skate, Surf & Art (2017)
• AIGA Detroit – Member Spotlight (2017)
• Rapid Growth Media – Rapid Blog: Building An Illustration Community (2017)
• 360modern – Finding Meaningful Expression through Design and Illustration (2017)
• Moss Yaw Design Studio – The Intersection of Architecture and Illustration (2016)
Dwell7 People to Follow on Dwell Right Now (2016)
• Nook – Redesigning Nook’s Search With Style Architecture Icons (2016)
CanUX –  Face Behind the Faces (2014)
• Neenah Paper – Collaboration, Freedom, Purpose  (2014)
• Rapid Growth – A Designer, a Typographer and an Illustrator Walk into a Bar  (2014)
• The Rapidian – Artists Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Area Design Talent  (2014)
• Mutually Human, blog post – Countdown to MWUX  (2013)
MiBiz – The Art of Hustling: Freelancers finding balance (2013)


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