Alec Doherty, Smiley
We ask the world’s top designers and illustrators to answer 13 questions and create a visual response to one of their choice.


Alec Doherty is a London-based illustrator whose long-limbed characters and sublime use of bold, primary colors give a sense of playfulness to each commission, whether for a kids menu or an editorial illustration for the likes of the New York Times or Mr Porter. Do yourself a favor and follow him on Instagram @alecdoherty.

Describe what you do in four words or less: Drawings.

When did you know you wanted to be a illustrator? When I saw Tony Hart on TV.

If you weren’t an illustrator, you’d be: Trying to hitch a ride to the International Space Station.

The typeface you love/hate/love to hate: Futura.

Your dream design (or redesign) project is: New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies. I’d keep it the same, but make it twice as long.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received (and who said it)? “If you decide to be a binman, be the very best binman there is.” —Grandad Henry

The quality in others you most admire is: Being quick to smile.

You’re secretly really good at: Not much else.

The biggest design cliché right now is: Distressed jeans.

What keeps you awake at night? What does the Night King really want?

What contribution will you make to the creative community in the next 10 years? Free beer and sandwiches at the private view.

What question are you dying to answer that we haven’t asked? “What do you call a pony with a cough?”

What’s the answer? A little hoarse.

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