ARTCENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN
My desire to tell stories has been a through line in my life. As a journalism student, I was taught to examine every angle, ask questions that challenge my belief systems, and conduct research to support the right narrative. I apply a similar methodology to design, weaving together meaningful stories with captivating visuals. I balance research with emotion. I stay curious about what is possible, and I remain flexible in my approach and execution. I am not afraid to take risks — to fail, to start over — synthesizing visual narratives to uncover the most compelling solution. I am Emma, a designer and writer. A graduate student at ArtCenter College of Design. A Midwest transplant shaping stories in the West.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
I am constantly in awe of the typographic details of my physical environment. Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve developed a love of signage — this city provides countless specimens of diverse graphic languages all piled on top of each other. It is chaotic and energetic and vibrant, and I find myself deeply inspired by it.
WHAT AREA OR AREAS OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?
Identity design, book design, and perhaps teaching (one day).
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
I’m reading the series Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler along with The Visual History of Type by Paul McNeil. I’m listening to Mitski, Orville Peck, Weyes Blood, and Atta Boy while working through All There Is with Anderson Cooper, a podcast on the experience of grief. I’m watching Alone on Netflix and staying current with the various Real Housewives franchises on Bravo.