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Brendán Murphy was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland...3 sisters, 1 brother and a million cousins. His dad drove a cab...listened to Roy Orbison and The Strawbs...his mom was a mom...she preferred Charles Aznavour.

He had many jobs including milk boy, darkroom boy...and after graduation, with 20% unemployment, dole boy. However, his main job growing up was to help push his dad’s car down a hill at 5 o'clock every morning to kick start the car engine.

Brendán came to the States on a track scholarship...bought a one way ticket to Pittsburg, PA and ended up in Pittsburg, KS (who knew). Got a masters degree in design (Cincinnati). While there, he envisioned/designed a new "wheelchair" accessibility symbol. The symbol now hangs on the wall at MOMA, albeit next to the bathroom.

This got him a very prestigious job offer in New York...which never materialized...and to add insult to injury, they mislaid his portfolio (Murphy's law).

Somewhere along the way Brendán got married, joined Lippincott as a designer, and had 2 kids...but not in that order. At Lippincott for the past 17 years, he helps companies to visually and verbally tell their stories in a clear, concise and compelling way.

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-Kirkus Reviews