COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
Olivia Norris is a sophomore pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design. Olivia’s passions for art stem from her childhood love of book illustration and print. She aims to explore the dynamic connection between illustration and design, marrying the two in her personal and academic work. Olivia favors branding, art direction and editorial design, all of which she imbues with her vibrant, decorative style. Currently, she is focused on integrating original typography and illustration styles into her design while continuing to dabble in hand illustration. Olivia also has an appreciation for music, film, and the theater. Looking ahead, she intends to focus on brand and visual identity, while continuing to develop as an illustrative designer. Following her graduation, Olivia hopes to pursue an MFA in design.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born New Haven CT, now in Litchfield County CT
STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Coraline or Dirty Dancing
FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings series
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
Instagram or Pinterest
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Edward Degas or Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux
National Organization of Women Foundation – International
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Running and exercising, yoga, cooking, hiking, reading, spending time with friends and family
HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?
The challenges of 2020 have changed my perception of the role of art, design and of creatives as a collective. Not only is design a way to interpret and represent the voices of the people, but it offers creative solutions to contemporary challenges. The turbulence has opened the eyes of creatives to the importance of art as a solution. I now understand design as a valuable communication tool, a bridge that links all kinds of people from different cultures, and inspires inclusiveness across all fronts.
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