Designer Profile: Emma Pattison

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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Emma Pattison, Junior Communications Design Major, ENFJ Union Design Works

Emma’s strengths, according to Strengths Quest, are:

  1. Individualization
  2. Strategic
  3. Achiever
  4. Empathy
  5. Futuristic

“When I’m talking to people, I think that I can make people feel comfortable, I can make people feel like it’s under control even if it’s not actually under control. I get stressed out and I get anxious, but I can turn that off when I need to. That and also I generally don’t get discouraged easily and I don’t mind doing things over and over and over again, I’m excited about that.”

What songs are on your designer playlist?

  1. Clockout, DEVO
  2. Venus as a Boy, Bjork
  3. Laughing With a Mouthful of Blood, St. Vincent
  4. Pin, Grimes
  5. Lava, the B-52’s

What is your spirit animal?

“Definitely an otter. They get to hang out in the water all day, snuggle (they hold hands when they float), like, their lives are ideal.”

What is your brain food?

“Scrappy’s chocolate chip ice cream. It’s insanely good. I don’t even like chocolate chip ice cream on principal but there’s something specifically about Scrappy’s that I go insane over.”

What is your favorite color?

“I want to make a joke about my favorite Pantone color… I don’t have a favorite color but I love metallics. Any kind, whatever it is, give it to me, I love it. If it’s metallic and shiny, basically, if it looks like it was pulled out of the 80’s, I love it.”

What tools could you not design without?

“I need my computer, but I have to have tracing paper. It’s the best way for me to refine my ideas. I have to be able to draw sketches and make marks and stuff before I take it into the computer.”

What’s in your bag?

“I hate carrying purses and stuff, so I’m usually pretty simple. But if we’re talking about my backpack, I usually have at least a journal, my laptop, headphones, and always, for some reason, like 3 clementines — I snack on them all the time. Usually an assortment of enamel pins that I’m inter-changing throughout the week on my bag or jacket, too. I like having these little things that are goofy and make me happy to look at. My favorite is a pin based off a Renaissance painting, a little vanitas skull that’s a motivational, memento mori kind of thing for me.”

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

“I’d be a dancer. Maybe on Broadway… I’d be a dancer or a counselor. I like taking care of people and giving friends advice when they need it.”

What’s your favorite (or least favorite) type face? 

“My favorite typeface is Factoria. It’s this slab-serif, it’s kind of techy, and it shouldn’t be my favorite. It’s not very ‘me,’ it’s kind of masculine, but it’s very versatile. My least favorite typefaces are the ones that come pre-textured, because if you look at the characters, they’re identical. It’s so obvious that it came as a typeface, it wasn’t actually manipulated. They just look cheesy and silly, and like you don’t know what you’re doing. And, it makes me upset because it’s lazy. I hate lazy typefaces.”

What is your favorite thing about being a designer?

“I really like the puzzle aspect of it. Like, figuring out systems and stuff. But, beyond that, it’s nice to have a skill where if my friends need resumes, or help setting up a website, I can help package and promote these people I love and care about. It’s rewarding to present these people and ideas and causes I believe in in an approachable way, to use design to support others. Visual communication is really really important, especially in our culture. I think that I’m lucky to be in this discipline.”

“It’s rewarding to present these people and ideas and causes I believe in in an approachable way, to use design to support others.” – E.P.