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Morning Person of the Day: Danny McDonald

Meet Danny McDonald (@dannybmcd), Art Director and CreativeMornings/Dallas attendee.

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What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?

My first CM experience was on May 20th at Switch. Justin Childress had a great talk about the relevancy of creatives. We’re important more than ever in a time ruled by machines and bots. It was an easy and fun way to connect and network with other creatives in the local industry. It was nice to talk to non-designers and what work they’re doing.

Describe the work that you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

The design work I do is mostly branding and environments. Every client has a story and it’s my job to visualize it for the world around to see.

In your work and life experiences, what have you learned about people?

I’ve learned a lot about different people I work with and one thing has always stuck. What you know is not as important as what you’re willing to learn. Walking in to a studio with a certain knowledge isn’t enough to make a person great. The willingness to get your hands dirty and learn can produce great things!

What changes are you noticing in your community or industry that deserves more attention?

I have noticed that environmental and way finding signage design has been growing in the several years I have been doing it. It’s still a relatively new practice for design studios and deserves more attention.

Tell me about the happiness moment in your career. Describe the feeling, the moment—bring us there.

There have been a lot of great moments in my career, but I don’t know that I can narrow it down to one singular moment. One of the best moments in working in the creative industry is seeing your work out in the real world impacting the community around you. When a concept goes from a thought to live-action work, it’s always a great feeling!

Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.

Back to the Future is my all-time favorite movie. I can quote 90% of the lines without thinking and on a good day one might mistake me for Marty McFly.


Hero image by: Elisa Fisher. Portrait by: Christ Chavez.

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