Michael Mcdonnell is a Berlin-based Graphic/Illustrative artist originally from Liverpool, England. His works are based around hand-drawn lettering combined with various playful illustrations and character designs.
His inspirations include advertisments from the 1950s and 60s, due to the minimalism and cleanness of this era as well as the feeling of optimism expressed in this period. Street Art and the quirkiness of European branding and logo styles are other influences within the artist's works as well as the idea of showing a hand-drawn aesthetic and off-key style rather than something too sharp and clean. Street-life, Subculture, Music, Fashion, Skateboarding and Cycle culture (Fixie/Track bike) are further things that inspire the artist in giving his analysis of the current state of affairs and opinions or ideas about the Zeitgeist as a whole.
The artist likes to use a combination of wordplay and humour within his works to make a comment on social attitudes and behaviour within different subcultures/movements and societies; putting words together to make a sort of prose/rap and highlighting certain letters within these words to create new words so that people can look deeper into the works and come up with different ideas or thoughts than what is at first readable and visible to the eye.