Trevor McGonnell

Name: Trevor McGonnell
Position: Designer
Pronouns: He/him
Company: Cartel Strategies


I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and lifelong student of design. After ten years in banking, I returned to school to pursue my passion. My previous work experience has taught me that every penny counts. That attention to detail combined with my study of art and design  forms an analytical approach to creativity.

How did you get started in design?

My start is credited to my parents encouraging creativity from a young age. As an adult I found design in an Intro to Design evening class at STLCC.

What is something you’re most proud of?

Making the leap to quit my job, go back to school and begin a whole new career.

Who are your creative heroes?

Paula Scher, Herb Lubalin, Milton Glaser, Gail Anderson, Jennifer and Amy Hood, I could go on all day.

Where do you find your inspiration?

It’s easy to find inspiration in the endless scrolling of great design that exists in the world today but the best mental processing needed for all that content happens on dog walks.

What is the best part of working in your profession?

The creative challenge in every project. If you’re able to find love in the difficult parts of a job, you’re in the right job.

What piece of advice would you offer fellow creatives?

Fresh eyes always see more

What is one book that all creatives should read?

Creativity, Inc. – Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace

What was the last song you listened to?

Rainbow Connection – Kermit The Frog

What is your favorite place in St. Louis?

Tower Grove Park