About This Project
BiographyEmily Oberman is a multidisciplinary designer and strategist whose work encompasses brand identity, motion graphics, publications, packaging, advertising, and websites. Her design is notable for its intelligence, political commitment and sense of humor.
A native of Yonkers, New York, Emily studied design and filmmaking at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. After graduation she joined the legendary design studio M&Co., working with Tibor Kalman to create work for Knoll, Wieden & Kennedy, (the much-missed) Restaurant Florent, and Talking Heads, for whom they made the award-winning music video for “(Nothing But) Flowers.” With Kalman as creative director, Emily was the original designer for the launch of Benetton’s critically acclaimed magazine, Colors. Before joining Pentagram, Emily cofounded the design studio Number Seventeen in 1993, which operated for (coincidentally, perhaps) seventeen years.
Emily’s work is unique in that it blurs the line between promotion and design—often using language and humor to make an emotional connection. Her clients have included Benetton and NBC Universal (including brand identities for 30 Rock, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live, for whom she has done the opening title sequence for 19 years, as well as a new coffee table book).
Recent projects include strategy and branding for DC Entertainment, strategy and branding for Film Independent; identity and show packaging for the Film Independent Spirit Awards; branding for the LA Film Festival; strategy and branding for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia); branding and opening sequences for Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Maya Rudolph and Martin Short’s variety show Maya & Marty; and identities for JK Rowling’s upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and for the upcoming Justice League film.
It’s Nice to be Nice to the Nice
Emily will discuss how this way of thinking started a chain reaction years ago that continues to help expand the breadth and depth of the work she does, while she continues to strive to create good/smart work for and with good/smart people, as often as possible.