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Interview with Dylan Menges

Interview with Dylan Menges

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?

I was several years into adult life before pursuing design. First, I dropped out of college. Then spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was my second attempt at college, within a focused design curriculum, where I got excited about the possibilities of a design career.

2. How did you get started and what was the biggest hurdle you overcame?

My first job, while still in design school, was with a family-owned screen printing company called Solid Light who’s history included Roach t-shirts. Roach’s culture (and content) was hot rods, flames, pin stripes and monsters with wagging tongues—all of that a tremendous influence on my art as a kid (and now).

My biggest hurdle was fear, specifically being afraid to ask questions, to listen and learn. 20 years later, I fight that fear, grateful that every day is a chance to learn something new.

3. What’s been your most successful way of getting clients?

Since starting Menges Design two years ago, every project has arrived by word-of-mouth and from references to design that’s posted to the Menges.design site or social channels. Having clients who say, “I saw that design on your site—can you do something like that for us?” reinforces the saying, “Show the work you want to be hired for.”

4. How do you get clients to stay with you and use you for more work?

Have a servant heart toward clients. And define expectations, delivering those expectations on time. How do I know? Because I’ve failed at being on time and know first hand that it means a lost opportunity for repeat work. After that failure early in the studio’s first year, I sought counsel for how to shore up every part of the operation, and now see objective, external counsel as an integral, planned part of the business.

5. Do you ever have issues with clients paying late? How do you manage that?

Thankfully, late payments haven’t been a problem since Menges Design started. I hope it has to do with setting clear expectations, which include 50% of fees up front. And 2018 will implement interval-based payments for any project longer than one month.

6. What does your typical work day look like?

Nothing is typical. But I do have some patterns that work. For example, mornings are sacred for billable design time. Afternoons are open to meetings, calls and tasks like billing, proposals, and email.

7. Any piece of advice/wisdom that you’d like to give the readers at This Design Life?

Don’t settle for being a voyeuristic zombie, drooling over devices, quietly desperate for inspiration. Get inspired by real life and real experiences, locally and globally. Risk—easily deferred by a thousand excuses—can be incredibly rewarding.


Dylan Menges runs Menges Design. They specialise in helping brands unleash their unique character through handcrafted design. You can connect with Dylan on Twitter and Instagram.

04 The Futur of Design Education

04 The Futur of Design Education

In this episode, I get to speak with Chris Do. Chris is an Emmy award winning designer, founder and CEO of Blind, Inc., where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company. He’s also the founder of The Futur, a design education platform. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design… Continue Reading

03 Getting Clients to Pay You on Time

03 Getting Clients to Pay You on Time

In this episode, we look at how to ensure you get paid on time and you’re not chasing the clients for money over and over again. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design Life Facebook group. Once you’ve listened, make sure you join us and discuss this episode. In this episode we’ll… Continue Reading

Quick interview with Marc Posch

Quick interview with Marc Posch

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International line up of speakers for Birmingham Event

International line up of speakers for Birmingham Event

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02 How to Get Clients to Come to You

02 How to Get Clients to Come to You

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01 Why listen to This Design Life?

01 Why listen to This Design Life?

We’ve been waiting to launch a podcast all about design for a long time now. Loads of things have got in the way, but now is the time… Here’s what you can expect from This Design Life, what we’ll be covering and what our mission is.   Continue Reading

Quick interview with Melinda Livsey

Quick interview with Melinda Livsey

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Quick interview with Debbie Millman

Quick interview with Debbie Millman


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Quick interview with Lenny Terenzi

Quick interview with Lenny Terenzi

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