Luke O'connell

Great Falls, MT |

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“I love to work with my own photography and add type to it. Inspiration is everywhere you look: graphic design is everything.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“I love making type, and being able to use my own stuff to create something new. Photography is a really important part for me: being able to say that I built something from the ground up. I never realized there was a whole subculture of people like me who found type so interesting, and dedicated their lives to it, and got so stressed over it. I definitely love it.”

Do you think school has helped prepare you for entering the real world?

“I think it definitely helps. I think each designer has to take that quality of themselves, what they’re good at, and show the world. It's important for us to be able to express ourselves and take our work in whatever direction we want to go after school.”

How would you describe your process when working on a project?

“I like to wait until the last minute a lot of the time-- it makes me kick myself in the ass to get things done.”

Would you say that you have a personal design "style" in your work?

“I think I’m still really trying to develop my personal style; I don’t think i’ve really found it yet. I’m inspired by a lot of the newer stuff, I like to keep up with the cutting edge of design, but I don’t think I’m quite there. I think my own personal style will hopefully show through with my thesis. It’s pretty sporadic; I want to narrow it down to what I’m good at and what I enjoy.”

For designers, do you believe it's more important to work on projects you're passionate about or take whatever work is available?

“I think right out of school, any sort of work you can get is good: you've got to get your foot in the door. But down the road you find those clients that you mesh with-- you’re not gonna keep a client around for twenty years that you don’t get along with.”

The graphic design industry is doing more digitally-based work these days: are you excited about the evolution of design, or do you like more traditional mediums?

“I think we have to consciously think about it. With technology moving so fast, we have to keep up or we’re going to be left behind. It’s another skill set: you don’t have to have it, but it’s a plus on your résumé. I prefer not to work with a computer-- I like to work with my hands-- but that’s the way the world’s going. We have to move along with it. Photography would be my digital new-age connection: cameras, and how the equipment keeps on progressing. As soon as that happens, I run out and get the newest and greatest thing.”

Do you have any favorite designers, artists, or resources you like to get inspiration from?

“When it comes to photography, I’m a big National Geographic fan: you don’t even open one and say, 'Meh, that’s an OK picture'-- it’s just one of those reliable magazines you can see a nice, clean layout and awesome photos. For type, I look through magazines. I like to see what the newest style is out there. And there’s always the internet.”

What are your plans for the future?

“Graphic design 'til I die!”

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