• US@UO: Talking Tapestries with UO Design Team


    We chat with some of the UO design team to find out how our newest graphic tapestries come to life. 
    Photos by Colin Kerrigan


    Above: Some of the inspiration for the tapestries

    Who: Kelley Garrard
    What: Senior Production Designer

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do at UO! 
    I am the senior production designer on the print team. I mostly work on internal branding and marketing projects, but design seasonal store graphics as well.




    What was your design process for these tapestries? What were you inspired by?
    The inspiration was vintage signage, with a positive and uniting twist. I listened to a lot of Woodstock-era music to get in the peace-loving mood 

    Tell us what it’s like to be a part of the UO design team – any tips for someone who’s looking to make design a full-time career? 
    Being on the UO Design team is like hanging out with a bunch of nice, chill, funny people, except they also happen to be super talented designers. I’ve grown so much as a designer by working with them. I’d say if you want to be a designer you should have some good jokes because when things get crazy comic relief helps A LOT. 


    Above: Better Together Tapestry

    Finally, tell us how you would personally use your tapestry.
    I would probably snuggle under my tapestry and watch old Mary-Kate and Ashley movies with my two sisters because just like the twins, we really are all better when we’re together!



    Who: Steph Miller
    What: Senior Graphic Designer

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do at UO! 
    Hi! My name is Steph and I'm a senior graphic designer. I work on promotional posters, packaging, branding, illustration, tee graphics + more for everything UO. 

    What was your design process for these tapestries?
    I work by hand then scan and collage elements in photoshop. This tapestry is a collage of typography, photo elements, and some hand drawings. 




    What were you inspired by for this collection?
    I was looking at a lot of bold and immersive typographic posters from the '60s. Als, DIY posters, outsider art, and works that use saturated color as an emotive gesture.

    Tell us what it’s like to be a part of the UO design team – any tips for someone who’s looking to make design a full-time career? 
    The UO design team is a trip! Everyone has a unique personality and background, so it makes collaboration more interesting and unexpected. I learn a lot from my co-workers. My advice would be DON’T PANIC, IT’S JUST DESIGN. Also don’t take things too seriously, share your work with others, and take the time to work on personal creative projects outside of work. 


    Above: The Myth The Magic Tapestry

    Finally, tell us how you would personally use your tapestry.
    Besides as an orange ghost costume (duh), I would use mine as a beach blanket! I also want to sew/collage all of my old t-shirts into one giant tapestry, so maybe I would add this one into the mix. 


    Who: Dan Kent
    What: Print Art Director

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do at UO! 
    I am the print art director. 




    What was your design process for these tapestries?
    I manipulated a photo that I took of some wild flowers behind [our cafeteria at work]. 

    What were you inspired by for this collection?
    This design was created as part of our Spring 2017 floorset art. The team made nearly 70 designs that were printed and displayed in stores. This was done post election during an emotional time. We wanted to portray a sense of positivity and collectiveness. 




    Tell us what it’s like to be a part of the UO design team – any tips for someone who’s looking to make design a full-time career?
    Being part of the Art Department is great. The projects interesting and the people are the best. 

    Finally, tell us how you would personally use your tapestry.
    Probably would hang it in my daughter’s room.