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Michael Connors

VICE PRESIDENT, DESIGN, HORNALL ANDERSON
SEATTLE WA

Michael knows that great ideas can come from anywhere, but are a lot more likely to be generated through a positive, energetic and collaborative process. Since joining Hornall Anderson in 2005, Michael has grown lasting relationships with diverse clients by leading teams grounded in strategy and inspired to do emotionally compelling work that connects with audiences and motivates action. Bringing over 25 years of extensive expertise collaborating with clients such as Quaker, Tropicana, Frito-Lay, T-Mobile, Janus, Pedigree, ConAgra, CitationAir, PayPal, California Closets, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Amgen, Michael helps businesses evolve and dominate in their category. Michael graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Dallas and continues to learn and discover new inspiration through travel ‒finding fresh ideas wherever he goes. With offices in Seattle and London, Hornall Anderson, specializes in the design and execution of customer experiences that bring meaning to brands and consumers. It is a part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc.

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THOUGHTS ON THE
STATE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

I feel positive about the future of design. I see the industry continuing to morph, becoming less about designing artifacts and more about designing experiences. This doesn’t mean the death of craft, but it does mean a re-emphasis on ideas. One trend I’ve experienced in recent years is multiple firms/agencies collaborating and building richer experiences together. This does point to the need to change how we teach and mentor designers, training them to think beyond what’s in front of them to how their ideas live and grow beyond their creation.

Favorite Color?
Blood Red

Favorite Typeface?
Not Archer

Favorite App?
KitCam

Favorite TV Show?
American Horror

Favorite Book?
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

Favorite Movies?
Pulp Fiction, Blade Runner, Star Trek (2009)

Favorite Musician or Band?
Rihanna

Favorite Fine Artist?
Marcel Duchamp

Favorite Gadget?
Chef's Knife

Bookmarked Websites?
Just one, Cocktail Virgin Slut

Talent You Wished You Possessed?
Anything musical

Greatest Strength as a Designer?
Collaboration

Biggest Weakness as a Designer?
Decorating

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