Fresh Meat Friday: Taylor Hall O’Brien


By rizeabove / / Get ready, we’re about to share another one of the top young creatives in the Twin Cities. If you, or a youngin’ you know, have roughly between 0-5 years of professional experience and a fantastic book. For all the glory send the info to: [email protected] Our slab on the block this week is a fashion designer, graphic designer, typographer, and photographer. Twin Cities meet Taylor Hall O’Brien, a freelance graphic designer and photographer in Saint Paul, MN. Taylor started off his life in a rural town in Wisconsin where he graduated with a High School class of 64 and in a place that was so small it didn’t require a single stoplight. Yet, while in school he found a passion for art that led him to study design in college. Taylor told us, “I started my college career as a Fashion Design student at Stout, but something didn’t feel quite right. I loved creating pieces of clothing and I was using my skills as a photographer to pay for my college, and that is when something clicked. Why don’t I blend my two loves? Fashion and Photography. Once I realized fashion photography was something I wanted to pursue, I knew that I needed to develop a relationship with a modeling agency and begin working with legitimate models if I wanted to take my work to the next level. I approached Ignite Models about a possible internship and was hired in the Summer of 2012 as a Photography/Graphic Design Intern.” From there Taylor was able to develop his portfolio and, upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, he was able to go freelance in Saint Paul doing graphic design and photography for modeling agencies and weddings. In fact, one of the things that drew us to his work is his natural ability to make anything he touches feel high-end by putting a fashion or beauty spin on even some unexpected product categories like cereal. Another is the fact that he not only dabbles in graphic design and typography; but, pulls each one off with a seemingly expert level of craft seen in students that study those subjects exclusively. When asked about his creative aspirations Taylor told us, “I think it is important in any career to constantly push yourself toward higher goals than you thought you were capable of achieving. Coming from a rural farm-town in central Wisconsin, I knew I wanted to get out, I just wasn’t sure which avenue would allow me to develop my love for all things creative.” We highly recommend checking out his work after the jump; but, before you do we’ll leave you with one of our favorite quotes that came out of our interview with Taylor when he said, “I look forward to trying with the possibility of failing, rather than living comfortably and always wondering if I could have achieved more in my career.” Check out more of Taylor’s work after the jump. Also check out our last two features: Daniel Ringold, a designer at MCAD DesignWorks and Cody Petts, a design intern at Make Retail. REHAB “REHAB handbags is a collection of handbags I created for my Graphic Design Senior Show. All of the handbags are made using thrifted/vintage leather and fur. REHAB reduced the use of new leather, and therefore reduces the pollution created by the leather tanning process. REHAB gives new life to outdated and forgotten fashion, and is geared toward the environmentally conscious and cutting edge fashionista.” FUEL “FUEL was created for my Product and Packaging Design class at the University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Art and Design. FUEL is a supercharged cereal geared toward a high-end, design conscious consumer. The perfect portion window on the side of the canister allows you to watch as you twist the bottom and one perfectly marked portion drops into your bowl. By mimicking the branding and aesthetic of the cosmetics industry, FUEL brings a level of class and luxury to something as common as cereal, which therefore, will undoubtedly set it apart among its competitors.” Boys Will Be Boys Type Specimen “Juliet is a display slab serif typeface I created. For my type specimen I decided to use a Show Package to display both my type work as well as my fashion photography.” Kara @ Major Various Logos Tyler @ Ignite