Designer of the Week: Mary Kate McDevitt

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marykate--illustrated-lettersDesigner of the Week Mary Kate McDevitt, who states in a recent film (see it down below) that she has bridged the gap between graphic design and illustration, specializes in illustrated letters. Take a look at her stunning work below, including some animated illustrations. We bet you’ll want to look twice.

Name: Mary Kate McDevitt

Name of Shop: I have an online shop called Winter Cabin that I work on with my boyfriend, Man Vs Ink.

Location: Philadelphia

Design School Attended: Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and I graduated with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design in 2007.

How would you describe your work? Illustrative lettering.

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Where do you find inspiration?
I have always been interested in vintage ephemera, so I like to collect old [packaging] that has some interesting type on it or old signs [with] painted letters—anything that has some wear and tear, a little charm, something weird.

Black_Banner_01-illustrated-lettersDo you have a favorite among all the projects you’ve worked on?
My favorite project is usually the latest project I worked on. I did the cover of Mental Floss recently that I’m pretty psyched on.

What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
I would love to collaborate with Fish’s Eddy. Their artist collections are always so on point. But in general, I’m picturing more of a mix of lettering and illustration. I’m doing The 100 Day Project right now that I’m calling 100 Days of People and Pets, where I illustrate people and pets that are doing fun stuff together. I used to do a lot more illustration in college. I always included lettering in my illustrations [and] that gradually went more into lettering.

What’s your best advice for designers today?
Be confident in your work. We all doubt our work [from] time to time, but when you are doing your best work, trying new things and doing the work that you want to do, whether it’s a failure or a success, you will feel confident to keep moving forward and making better work.

 

Bridging the Gap Between Graphic Design & Illustration

Mary Kate McDevitt talks about how she bridged the gap between graphic design and illustration. Video directed & edited by Mario De Armas

 

7 Stunning Illustrative Lettering Projects by Mary Kate McDevitt

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Client: The Creative Influence; Filmed/Directed/Edited: Mario DeArmas

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Client: Puffin Classics; Art Director: Becky Morrison

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Client: Mental Floss; Art Director: Lucy Quintanilla

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Client: Sesame Street; Art Director: Vanessa Germosen

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Client: Hand-Eye Supply; Art Director: Tobias Berblinger

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Client: Teaching Tolerance; Art Director: Michelle Leland

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Client: Smart Ones; Agency: MKG; Art Directors: Jessica Latorre & Melissa Grein

 

4 Animated Illustrations by Mary Kate McDevitt

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Client: Publix; Agency: 22squared; Art Director: Emily Cabral

school

Client: Publix; Agency: 22squared; Art Director: Emily Cabral

snacks

Client: Publix; Agency: 22squared; Art Director: Emily Cabral

sushi

Client: Publix; Agency: 22squared; Art Director: Emily Cabral


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Final Deadline: August 7, 2015

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