Meet Senior Designer, Darran Pownall

Darran joined Masters Allen in January, we asked him to tell us a bit about himself.

By Katie
Monday, February 22nd, 2021
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 17 seconds


Senior Designer


I’ve been a graphic designer for over 20 years and have worked for a wide variety of agencies and brands including, SapientNitro, Apple, Jessops and Capital One. My core set of skills covers Graphic Design, Branding, Illustration, Typography, Motion Design, Audio Editing and Music production.

What do you enjoy most about working at Masters Allen?

I like that we have a diverse range of clients with complex design needs. I love being part of a talented team that collectively have the ability to not only solve those needs, but to exceed their expectations with our creative solutions.

What do you think constitutes good design?

A simple idea, executed in a purposeful manner, that solves the problem that needed to be solved for the client.

What are the values that drive you?

Curiosity, Ambition, Creativity

What inspires you?

I have always been quite a curious person with many interests. I have a need to discover new experiences whether that’s through, art, food, music, traveling or picking up a new book. In some way or another, these broad experiences have helped me to become more aware of the world and that has helped influence me as a designer.

What is your favourite mobile app at the moment?

I have recently succumbed to the latest social media craze, Tik Tok. However, rather than recording some hilarious dance moves, I’ve found that it’s a really useful tool to engage with other designers, musicians and artists. With design techniques, trends, resources and software developing at such a rapid pace, I find it a great resource to see what people are up to in the design and related artistic communities.

Your top 3 favourite Podcasts/Books?

I’m not really a huge listener of podcasts. I’m a real magpie for books though and have amassed quite a large collection of design, typography, illustration, art and music related books. My favourite publishers are Unit Editions, Victionary, Counter Print and Lars Muller Publishers. Choosing just 3 is really difficult but my current favourites are as follows…

A-Z of The Designers Republic – Unit Editions

Malika Favre – Counter Print

Conor Harrington – Watch Your Palace Fall – Heni

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I like to relax and spend my downtime with my partner Jo, we’re both avid cooks and run a local Mac & Cheese stall called JoJo’s MacShack most weekends. I also produce music, DJ and run a number of music projects including two record labels. I also have a radio show on Leicester’s Radio 2 Funky which is a weekly show split between 4 presenters. The Show is called Rotations.

Your top 3 songs?

Another tricky question for me, as I’m an absolute music obsessive. I’m going to have to cheat on this one and pick 3 recently released albums instead!

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