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Direct yet conceptual. Provocative and engaging. Design & illustration for brands, publications, and people.

 Live from the stage/my workspace

Live from the stage/my workspace


Mallory O'Conor

Thank you for visiting my portfolio! I'm Mallory and I'm a brand and digital designer based in Washington, D.C.

I studied Graphic Design at the University of Maryland, where I also completed the Smith School of Business's Strategic Design and Innovation Fellowship program and a minor in Art History. While at Maryland, I interned as a designer for large and small companies in addition to multiple offices on campus. After graduation, I went on to design at a small start-up creative agency where I have been for one year. I also take on freelance and pro-bono projects for people and organizations I care about. 

I balanced my day job with personal creative work, like collage and woodblock printing, which garnered attention from a few indie publishers. Eventually, I got offers from more established magazines, so I decided to design for Showcase on a freelance basis. This allowed me to work on other cool projects, from emerging brands to current events.

My creative approach—no matter the medium—is to find points of tension behind the idea I’ve been assigned or am interested in. I do several iterations on each point and usually end up refining the one I find most controversial.

For me, controversy isn’t about instigation, but rather, a way to arrest your audience. It’s a way to plant a little bit of desire in their hearts; a yearning to turn the page and learn more about your idea. Ultimately, it’s about creating memorable images.





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