THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
Tara Rose O’Connor (she/her) is currently earning her B.S. in Visual Communications Design at Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She has always been creative, but a graphic design class piqued her interest in high school, and she hasn’t looked back since. Tara looks for every opportunity to develop as a designer and a thinker and this past spring, she studied design in Copenhagen, Denmark. She loves watching movies and tv, taking photos, hanging out with friends, and being introduced to new things. Tara dreams of traveling the world while pursuing a career in graphic design and photography.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
Travel makes me feel inspired. Whether going to a local cafe, hiking outside, going to a museum, or traveling around the world, exposure to the world around me and unplugging from technology is what inspired me the most.
WHAT AREA OR AREAS OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?
I want to specialize in branding. I love the branding process and building design systems, from the logo to the variety of brand touchpoints. I would love to work in a design firm with a diverse client roster.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT DESIGN SCHOOL HAS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU DID NOT EXPECT?
The importance of critique in the design process. Receiving critique and criticism is essential to my success as a visual communicator. I’ve learned to put my ego aside, show all my work, seek people’s opinions, and learn to challenge my assumptions and bias in order to create my best design work.