Hello! My name is McLane O'Daniell and I am a passionate graphic designer, originally from Baltimore, now living in Brooklyn. My passion for art and design began at a young age, always loving art class in elementary and middle school. In high school, I enjoyed taking weekend art classes at MICA and selling my photography on Society6.
When I got to college, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue. Although I loved art, I did not see myself becoming a professional artist. Because all of the art I had created had been analog and not digital, I was unable to see myself becoming a graphic designer. I decided to study Women's & Gender Studies because I care greatly about social justice. In my last couple years of college, I felt a pull to create again. I began to teach myself Adobe Creative Suite, practicing for hours on end; watching YouTube videos, taking SkillShare classes, always practicing. All of my hard work paid off and I landed an internship as a Graphic Designer at OPTAVIA, where I continued to learn all I could about graphic design from the Creative Team. Years later, I stay green, always seeking to learn more and enhance my skillset however I can.
My favorite thing about being a graphic designer is that I can find inspiration everywhere. I love that I can see a billboard while I am walking down the street with an eye-catching design and re-create the visual aesthetic in something I am working on. I enjoy the challenge of exploring the possibilities within a brand, finding new visual solutions to communicate their mission while maintaining the brand's integrity. I feel so lucky that my job is something that I love to do.