Join newsletter

Jenna Hagan's Design Toolkit

No items found.

Graphic designer Jenna Hagan shares the fonts, colours, and tools inside her design toolkit.

Words by 

Megan Hill

Published on 

September 5, 2022

essential graphic design tools, graphic design toolkit, design tools of the trade, designers favorite fonts, designers favourite colours, how designers work, design tricks of the trade, New-Zealand based designer, jenna hagan

Name: Jenna Hagan

Profession: Graphic designer

Location: Tāmaki Makaurau, NZ

LinkedIn: Jenna Hagan

Jenna Hagan is an accomplished graphic designer, currently working for Ara Manawa—a creative team responsible for developing future products and experiences at Auckland City Hospital.


Definitely blank paper. I like to sketch and illustrate my ideas, or just jot down thoughts.

The page shown illustrates a design sprint conducted with Doctors and Nurses.

Era of inspiration

I’m drawn to simplicity, geometry, and a sense of handicraft. Anything from the 50s/60s, such as Alvin Lustig or Saul Bass. They have a clean and brutalist design sense but with a touch of whimsy.


A 2-square colour palette with a robins egg blue and a milk chocolate brown

I recently used this pairing for a poetry installation at the hospital: a dusty robin’s egg blue, and a soft milk chocolate brown.

Designer on speed dial

My former mentor and colleague Elliott Scott. I worked with him at Applied—a brilliant little design studio in New York.

I do appreciate more famous designers like Paula Scher or Jessica Hische, but Elliott taught me so much! His work for the World Trade Center is beautiful.


  • Firm favourite: Benton Sans. I love Frere-Jones’ work
  • A distant love: Tiempos by Klim—a New Zealand-based Type Foundry
  • Never again: Calibri—the default typeface for Microsoft.

Organisational approach

I have to keep track of all tasks meticulously in ClickUp. I schedule blocks of design time, to ensure I get into a deep-thinking space without getting interrupted by a meeting.

The key to keeping a project organised is to communicate clearly with everyone involved.

Trusted advisor

Designers tend to give clients a bad rep in terms of feedback but at the end of the day, you are working with the client to create a visual solution to their problem.

If clients aren’t able to give constructive feedback, it’s on the designer to help give them the language to discuss the work.

Visualist is a software empowering creative professionals to work, earn and scale their businesses. Learn more here.

Up next in your reading list

Ben Hartley's Design Toolkit

Megan Hill

October 4, 2023

No items found.

Caleb Jones' Design Toolkit

Megan Hill

October 4, 2023

No items found.

Emunah Winer's Design Toolkit

Megan Hill

October 4, 2023

No items found.