NETWORK: Daniel Goonan, Two Six One Design
Daniel Goonan is an up-and-coming graphic designer in the motorsports industry and continues to impress with his eye-catching designs.
The Gold Coast-based freelancer began designing in the motocross scene while working at Rival Ink, designing liveries for athletes competing in AMA Supercross, as well as some of Australia’s Factory MX teams.
However, Goonan wanted to break into the Australian motor racing scene, expanding his repertoire from what he had built up in the Supercross arena, designing for some of the biggest names.
Continually achieving its goals, its most recent livery design came in the form of Aaron Cameron’s S5000 livery which was raced at the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Albert Park.
“Having my first design on an open-wheel race car flying around an F1 circuit was a bit of an ‘oh wow okay I didn’t expect to be here in my career’ moment,” Goonan said.
Goonan has expanded his expertise into helmet design, vehicle liveries, and various artwork and logo designs, primarily related to the motorsports industry.
He recently designed a helmet for Joey Hand, who has experience in all types of motorsports including the NASCAR Cup Series, DTM and was the winner of the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with Sebastian Bourdais and Dirk Muller .
“Some of the biggest things I’ve done in the last year include Caroline Buchanan, she was a BMX champion for the Australian Olympic team, I worked with her on one of her custom lids, so it’s was a big moment for me!
“Working with Ida Zetterstrom, a Top Fuel rider in Europe, that was another big goal for me, growing up and racing drag racing myself. Top Fuel is obviously the benchmark when it comes to quarter mile racing. .
While sporting the Goonan livery, Zetterstrom was able to break the eighth mile record, becoming the fastest FIA licensed rider in history.
Goonan will continue to design for clients in commercial and motorsport projects, previously working with clients including Red Bull, Supercheap Auto, Bathurst Motor Racing Museum and more.
His career as a designer began when he was growing up, his mother being an artist and his father participating in drag racing and working in motorsport.
“The easiest thing for me was just to combine the two, really.”
Among his many accolades in the motorsport design industry, his overall goal is to open a creative studio on the Gold Coast for himself and up-and-coming freelancers looking for a place to network and be surrounded by other creatives.
Goonan is looking to continue to grow his business and start designing for more teams, becoming more involved in the Australian motorsport scene and possibly the European sector.
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