Name: Jenna Hagan
Profession: Graphic designer
Location: Tāmaki Makaurau, NZ
LinkedIn: Jenna Hagan
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.
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.
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.
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.