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Meet Frank O’Toole

Studio-e is pleased to introduce our new senior designer, Frank O’Toole. He comes to us from Weymouth Design, where he worked with a wide array of clients, from pharmaceutical companies to financial investment firms to non-profits. Prior to working at Weymouth, he taught photography and graphic design at Needham High School in Massachusetts.

Do you cook?
Yes, sometimes. My wife does the better cooking, but I chip in where needed.

What's your favorite recipe and/or dish?
I like to make a smoked salmon pizza. I use Sockeye Salmon, cream cheese, capers, lemon and cracked pepper. I worked at a restaurant in New Zealand that made it, and I’ve adopted it as my own.

What and/or who are some of your design influences?
I’m inspired by a lot of different places and people from both art and design. I’d say that I really like Stefan Sagmeister’s work. I have always enjoyed Herbert Matter, and I find the writings of Michael Bierut inspiring and pragmatic.

What has been your favorite project and why?
I just finished working on a large research report for a medical center where the final result turned into something very different than I had anticipated. The design evolved gradually through the project to become a great collaboration with the client. For now, that’s my favorite.

What do you do if you're feeling uninspired or stuck? How do you go about getting un-stuck?
I panic mostly, but I’ll also look at inspiring design and artwork. I like to doodle and write when I’m stuck, and walking seems to help, too.

If you were a typeface, which one would you be?
That’s a tough one. For now, I’ll go with Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk as a choice that is reliable yet intriguing upon further inspection.

Favorite website?
www.drudgereport.com is one of my favorites. I don’t like the ideological bent of this site, but I love the strange anti-design/actually great design. You can scan it and get a lot of information quickly.

This Thanksgiving, what will you be most thankful for?
I am most thankful to have our healthy and happy new baby daughter Phoebe, who turned five weeks old this week.

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