Designer Profile: Stephanie Embry

If you don’t know what UNT Design Works is, you’re missing out. Run by Union Marketing, Design Works is a print shop that prints large and small format specialty print jobs, as well as operates as a graphic design firm. Services are available to students, departments, and the public. Design Works produces a lot of really great designs (hence the name) so we would like to take some time to profile the excellent designers we have on staff not just because they’re awesome but so you can see their past work and find insight on their personal style, should you like to hire them.

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 Stephanie Embry, INFJ, Senior Communication Design Major
and Graphic Designer at Union Design Works

 According to Strengths Quest, Stephanie’s strengths are:

  1. Learner (Strategic Thinking)
  2. Input (Strategic Thinking)
  3. Restorative (Executing)
  4. Developer (Relationship Building)
  5. Individualization (Relationship Building)

“One of my strengths is being really detail-oriented. I look at things a lot, I take pictures of things all the time, or if I see something and I feel like I am going to forget it, I have to take a picture of it so I can reference it later. I like to follow a plan, even if it changes along the way. I don’t consider myself to be on the artist-spectrum of designers, cause I tend to see things in a more analytical way. I like to have a schedule and I like to feel like I have a plan for how I’m going to execute a project.”

What are some of the songs on your designer playlist?

“Africa” by Toto
“Baby Boy” by Sean Paul and Beyoncé
“Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire
“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire

What is your spirit animal?

“I don’t know what my spirit animal is. I like pugs. Pugs are kinda snorty, but they love everyone. I just want to have the love and energy and compassion that generally comes with dogs. Maybe corgis, they’re never angry, and they have a nice butt.”
“Ok, my spirit animal is a corgi because they have nice butts.”

What is your favorite brain food?

“Avocados with salt and pepper or salt and vinegar chips.”

What is your favorite color? 

“I don’t have a favorite color, I just have a favorite color scheme. Dusty, faded pink, and a deep, de-saturated blue, and cream. I like really feminine things in general, that’s my personal style. But all the art that I like tends to be really airy and atmospheric but it has one really bold element, or it’s a really feminine painting”

What are some tools you couldn’t design without?

“My camera. I like to look and photograph things more than I like to draw them from my own memory. My camera, the adobe suite, and then a small notebook.”

What’s in your bag?

“I always carry my laptop with me, because I have this fear that I’m gonna want to work on something and I won’t have anything with me. So I always have my laptop and my charger. I always have my earphones because I need to zone in when I work. And I always have my planner. Even when I never need to use it, I constantly have it on me. If I had to pick just one, it would be my laptop. Everything I love and need is on there.”

What would you be if you weren’t a designer? 

“If I wasn’t a designer I think I would either work for a nonprofit and be a manager of a nonprofit or I would go into counseling.”

What is your favorite typeface?

“My favorite typeface is Baskerville, because all my favorite fonts beyond that were based on Baskerville. It was a type made in the 1700’s, so it’s old, and there’s a lot that’s been made in its place. My least favorite… I feel like a lot of people would say “comic sans,” but I feel like it has its place. My least favorite is calibri, the default font on the word, and not even because I think it’s ugly, I don’t think it’s ugly at all, it’s fine, but if I see one more powerpoint with everything in default, like I’m so bored already, I can tell that they didn’t even think about it.”

Give us an “elevator pitch” for you as a designer.

“If I had to give an elevator pitch about my point of view as a designer, I guess it would be that everything is human centered design, even if you’re making something that seems like a piece of artwork, everything is experience oriented. Being a designer isn’t about making things that make you happy and make you think you made it pretty, it’s about helping someone achieve a goal that they want to achieve, because of your expertise in a field of visual language. So, I think anyone can learn it, it’s not just a talent you have, and I think if you’re smart about it, you can help people who need help and make money. You can use what you have to help people get the word out who can’t get the word out by themselves.”

What is your favorite thing about being a designer? 

“I think that because you get trained to use all the programs so quickly that if you have a really great idea, you can make it real really fast. I think a lot of people have an idea that being creative is something you’re born with and you can never learn it, but everybody in their own job has to be creative in some capacity, so I think there’s a lot of people who have a really great sense of humor or they’re great designers, they can analyze situations really well, but they can’t communicate that to a large audience because they don’t know how to make it visual.”

“I think my favorite part is being able to help people who know what they want to do, but they don’t know how to accomplish it. I can help them do the things they need to do.”-S.E.