Will McLean is a designer and artist working in the Central Coast of NSW where he lives with his wife and 2 children.

Will is a meticulous developer and favours simplicity and clarity within his code. He can’t stand writing things twice so searches for any way to automate. His experiments can be found in the Exercises section of this site.

Will designs within systems. No project is too small for a design system. He favours the unusual, if not, how can he progress? You can read about his work in the Case Studies section of this site.

Updated: December 7, 2017

This is a Art Archive post.

Black Shapes, Mark 1

These paper cutouts were created as featured images for the Multiple States studio handbook. The handbook was growing quickly so they needed to be quick to produce in amongst the other studio tasks.

I had a pretty good picture of what I wanted to do from the get go. I knew I wanted simple bold shapes. I began sketching the shapes up within landscape boxes. I traced them as vectors in Sketch but they were lifeless as is so often the case with vector art. Even when I used very quick, loose mouse clicks to try and retain some energy they bombed.

For this reason I used a scalpel and created them as papercuts. I glued them to white card and then scanned them in. The final product retains the slight texture of the card as well as the artefacts from the particular scanner I used. This makes them far more interesting than the vector versions.

I thought about using colour but black and white was more effective than any combo I could find. It also added some seriousness to the illustrations and this suited the subject matter.

The ‘Celebration’ illustration became our Christmas present to our clients and friends. We got The Private Press to screen-print it on massive newsprint. Keeping it lo-fi meant people could use it as a poster or wrapping paper.

Group by Will McLean

Group by Will McLean

Sportswear by Will McLean

Sportswear by Will McLean

Peeled by Will McLean

Peeled by Will McLean

Gathering by Will McLean

Gathering by Will McLean

Flying by Will McLean

Flying by Will McLean

Celebration by Will McLean

Celebration by Will McLean

Lost by Will McLean

Lost by Will McLean

Broken by Will McLean

Broken by Will McLean

Artefacts by Will McLean

Artefacts by Will McLean

Artefacts 2 by Will McLean

Artefacts 2 by Will McLean

Celebration by Will McLean

Celebration by Will McLean