Getting to Know Norah O’Brien


Title: Art Director & Digital Designer
Here since: January 2015

Tell us what you do at SKAR.
My specialty is web design and user interface, but I have a lot of experience in about every aspect of print and digital design.

You come from a land far away. How did you land here?

What’s the biggest difference you see moving from the East Coast to the Midwest?
Since I came from the D.C. area, the first thing I noticed was the lack of national monuments. Other than that, it’s much easier to find apartments here!

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to spend time at art galleries, play laser tag and go whitewater rafting.

Tell us something about yourself that might interest people.
I can code. OK. That might only interest a few people.

If you had to eat the same food every day, what would it be?
I’m a big fan of foods with pesto. Although right now I’m going through a Sriracha phase.

When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I liked drawing and art, but I really didn’t have a career choice picked out then. At one time I wanted to be an interior designer.

What advice would you give to a student interested in design?
It’s important to know the typography rules. Make sure it is readable for the user. Understand how to incorporate readability into your design and how they work together to enhance your overall look.

Where do you get your inspiration or ideas when you work on a project?
I follow the design board on Pinterest. I also like to check out Communication Arts, Vogue magazine and other various publications that feature the latest design elements. I think it’s important to keep up with trends and stay connected to new and unique ideas out there.

What’s the worst job you ever had?
One year I trained all summer to be a lifeguard and when I was approved, I was on duty one day before the season closed.

What was your favorite toy as a kid?
I had a Playmobil toy house that I used to play with for hours at a time. I had my own pretend family and they had to put up with my constant interior design changes.