Megan Flood

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CEO/FOUNDER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR MARINE LANE, NEW YORK NY

Marine Lane is an award-winning NYC graphic design studio opened by Megan Flood in 2013. The firm has continued to build on its reputation of helping position America’s political narrative. Client work for bi-partisan political group, No Labels, has been prominently featured on Capitol Hill and the firm designed lapel pins worn by 100 members of Congress at the 2013-2016 State of the Union Addresses. Marine Lane’s client roster encompasses Fortune 500 clients like Mercedes-Benz, American Express and Verizon; nonprofit clients include Sohn Conference, New York Center for Autism Charter School and Untold News. Over the past three years Marine Lane has been recognized with awards from GDUSA, HOW, Print, and an AIGA Justified award. Megan’s project on homelessness has been twice featured on NPR’s The Takeaway. She is a graduate of University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

WHERE OR HOW DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR DESIGN WORK?
Inspiration is derived from traveling, reading, and from my colleagues at Marine Lane. I am fortunate to work with a team of passionate designers who are as obsessed with all things art and design as I am. I’m also fortunate to live in NYC, the greatest city for inspiration.

HOW DOES WHERE YOU WERE BORN, GREW UP OR LIVE NOW AFFECT YOUR DESIGN SENSIBILITY OR STYLE?
My education was fostered at the dinner table growing up ‒ listening, laughing and learning from parents and siblings in my hometown, Old Tappan NJ, thirty minutes north of NYC. My education at University of Michigan Art & Design was fulfilling, invigorating and challenging. After graduation, NYC called me back. My heart and soul is in this mighty city ‒ the most wonderful place for constant inspiration and stories on every street corner.

FAVORITE COLOR?
Green

FAVORITE TYPEFACE?
My mom’s handwriting, followed by National by Klim Type Foundry

FAVORITE TV SHOW?
Seinfeld, Fargo, Bloodline … when the Mets aren’t playing.

FAVORITE BOOKS?
Every Person in New York by Jason Polan; This is New York by Miroslav Sasek; Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. As I’m writing, I now realize the theme.

FAVORITE MOVIES?
Manhattan Murder Mystery

FAVORITE MUSICIANS OR BANDS?
Tallest Man on Earth, Simon and Garfunkel, Adele

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA?
Instagram

FAVORITE FINE ARTISTS?
Right now I’m loving the work of mixed-media artist Heather Day.

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Strength: Creating the idea, the story. Weakness: Saying yes to every new project.

TALENT YOU WISHED YOU POSSESSED?
Singing, for the sake of my husband’s eardrums.

ADVICE TO A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Seek out your idols, and see how you can help them.

IF NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Anything involving food.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
It’s worth the struggle.

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