Lillie McDonagh


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Lillie utilises design thinking skills and a strong iterative design process to craft thoughtful and engaging experiences for stakeholders and clients.
She brings a strong research practice and a hands-on approach to problem solving, and approaches new challenges with curiosity and enthusiasm. Lillie’s experience in visual communication design has developed effective communication and collaboration skills and a robust iterative design process that is underlined by research and evaluation.

Influential work

  • Supported co-design workshops with council stakeholders and contributed to the development of high-quality, customer-centric solutions for streamlining planning approval processes in Nous’ 2023 Good Design Award-winning Better Planning Approvals Project
  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary designers at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to mitigate urban heat’s effects on social housing residents in Glebe, Sydney
  • Completed a yearlong UTS Honours research and design project, exhibited by the Australian Design Centre and featured in the Australian Design Centre’s 2022 Beyond Design as Usual exhibition
  • Developed an engaging campaign and social media strategy for Tuberous Sclerosis Australia’s end-of-2021 fundraiser
  • Worked with staff and carers at Nepean Mental Health Centre to conduct research and propose a new way-finding system – encompassing signage, a messaging system, and informative pamphlets – to help users better navigate the centre.

Outside of Nous

Lillie holds a Bachelor of Design (Honours) and a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication from UTS. While completing her degree, she tutored high school and Higher School Certificate students. Lillie also completed a three-month internship with Nous and worked as a Research Assistant at UTS’ School of Design.

In her spare time...

Lillie enjoys trying all things art and design and working on projects such as card-making and film photography. She loves exploring art exhibitions, reading and walking in nature.


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