Hi, I'm Shannon McNab!
I'm a surface designer living in the San Francisco bay area with my game designer husband and our adorable rescue terrier, Paisley (yes, her name was my idea).
As a lifelong doodler and crafter, my fondness for anything handmade heavily influences my playfully colorful design aesthetic. When I'm not working in my cozy home office, you can usually find me at my local coffee shop, hunched over a sketch pad with a mocha or herbal tea in hand.
The Cliffs Notes of my Artistic Journey
I started my career as a graphic designer in the e-commerce department at Pottery Barn. While working there full-time, I fueled my love of surface design at night by creating patterns and selling them to the digital scrapbook community.
Eventually, I shifted my focus from graphic design to surface design full-time and in 2017 I fulfilled a lifelong dream of exhibiting at Surtex.
I feel so very lucky to do what I love each and every day and am fortunate enough to work with some wonderful brands in the crafting, greetings, gift, party paper, and fabric markets. I can't wait to see who I'll get to work with next!
Recent Clients Include:
Becky Higgins LLC
Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine
Creative Teaching Press
Eva E Eva Fabrics
Thirty One Gifts
Pattern Observer, Surtex Preview | May 2018
Print & Pattern, Surtex Preview | May 2018
Print & Pattern, Christmas Art | Dec 2017
Rise Design & Shine, Designer Directory | Dec 2017
Print & Pattern Blog, Surtex Preview | May 2017
Rise, Design & Shine Blog, Surtex Preview | Apr. 2017
Print & Pattern Blog, New Work | Mar. 2017
Make It in Design Blog, Designer Interview | Feb. 2017
Surtex eNewsletter, New Exhibitors Feature | Aug. 2016
My Many Sources of Inspiration
Since I was a child, I've always been drawn to crafting whether it was cross-stitching, clay sculpture, or sketching, and especially scrapbooking. With my long crafty history, it's no surprise that my designs are often influenced by my many handmade pursuits.
Traveling the World
I've also developed a love of traveling and world history – instilled by my parents who were avid wanderers. My wanderlust fuels my creativity and often manifests in my work, especially in my many playful floral designs and hand lettering.
As someone who grew up with a grandfather who worked at Disney, many of my childhood memories are closely tied to Disney. I'm grateful to have such formative experiences that so heavily influence my design style.