Olivia Reaney

My name is Olivia and I am a SF based graphic designer. I specialize in infographic and help brands tell their stories. I started my own business two years ago after gaining great experience at two NYC agencies. I have worked with a variety of clients in different areas including tech, healthcare, beauty, food, and others.

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How did you get into graphic design?

I have always had a niche for storytelling and aesthetically pleasing presentations. Growing up, my mom worked at an agency where I was first exposed to graphic design. I then found a great program where I majored in infographic and publication design. They were unique from other traditional graphic design programs because we learned more about the story telling aspect of design.

What do infographics mean to you?

Infographics are the visual language to storytelling. They can oftentimes more quickly and effectively tell a story compared to written text.

How do you get inspired?

I am always saving inspiration that I find on different blogs and just generally around the web. I archive all my samples and oftentimes reference them. I am also inspired by my friends who are designers and we often share our work.

Can you outline your progress for designing an infographic?

I always start with a call to make sure I understand what the company does and what they are trying to achieve with the infographic. From there I make sure to gather all of their brand materials and start with a wireframes of the content. This includes a black and white version including all of the text and placeholders for icons and illustrations. Once we are aligned with that, I go into design. I sometimes like to review after each section is completed.

What should a client give you to get the best results?

I have a content template that I often provide that ensures the copy is well organized for infographic form. I also need brand guidelines and what the infographic will be used for (web, print, etc).

What are your favourite types of jobs to work on?

I love data heavy infographics. It is always a challenge to figure out how to best display information in a way that is appealing yet accurate.

What do you like to do when you are not designing?

I like to be outside walking my dogs or at the park. I love music and like to see it live or play my guitar.

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