Emmily O’Connor

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FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT)

My name is Emmily O’Connor, and I’m a 4th year Graphic Design BFA student at FIT! I’m passionate about typography and book layout design, which comes from my lifelong love of reading and writing. I also feel strongly about social and political issues, and try to approach design projects as opportunities to advocate for positive change. After graduating high school, I worked for an independent NYC Apple reseller in visual merchandising. Supervising installation of graphics and displays across their Chelsea retail space, I worked closely with the inhouse graphic design team. This introduced me to the field and sparked my interest in type and branding. Deciding I wanted to pursue a graphic design education, I applied to FIT and began their prerequisite Communication Design 1-year AAS program in the fall of 2017. Almost three years later, I am eagerly looking forward to graduating this coming May!

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Staten Island NY / Upstate NY in the Catskills!

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Total night owl

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
Twitter an embarrassing amount

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
This British sitcom “Peep Show” – I’ve seen it a million times and put it on as background while I work

FAVORITE PODCAST?
Reply All or Radiolab

FAVORITE BOOK?
Olaf Stapledon’s Sirius or Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness! (big sci-fi fan)

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Any and everything from Hayao Miyazaki

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
Anything to do with environmentalism

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Reading or sketching

AREA OF SPECIALTY?
Book and publication design

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Biology or zoology

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Know what you don’t know.

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