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Today’s NKOTB candidate is Emily Gillis, a 23-year-old freelance graphic designer and impressive go-getter. While most recent graduates spend a good twelve months or more cutting their teeth as interns, Emily made the bold decision to go solo and freelance upfront, in an effort to develop her own aesthetic, with the hope of gaining work with a design studio in the next few years. This bold plan seems to have paid off so far – some of Emily’s recent projects include branding and identity for sleepwear label Masini & Chern, organic chocolate company Citizen Cacao, and local eateries Rita’s Cafeteria in Abbotsford and Tomboy in Collingwood. We’re particularly loving the concept she came up with for Tomboy, where takeaway coffee cups are embellished with illustrations of the staff members’ faces. Cute!
At present, Emily works out of a seemingly meticulous bedroom in her family home in Richmond, Melbourne. Much like her minimal, scandi-inspired bedroom / workspace, Emily’s work is super clean, crisp and fresh. She approaches each design with precocious intuition, knowing exactly when to step back and let her work speak for itself. ‘I like to imagine my style as timeless. I try not to over decorate,’ Emily says.
Emily grew up in a creative family – her mother is an art teacher, her father is a textile designer, and her step father an architect. ‘I suppose it was in my bones to do something creative!’ she admits. ‘I was always creative as a kid, lining my toys up in grids on the floor and staring at them, drawing endlessly and hoarding inspirational images from magazines.’ Since graduating from a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) from Monash University at the end of 2011, Emily has amassed an impressive portfolio of work.
Next up for Emily is a stint living in New York City! With aspirations to move into creative direction alongside her graphic design work, it’s no surprise that someone this ambitious and hardworking has a clear vision of what’s next, and a relentless drive to make her dreams happen. ‘Right now it’s me in my room working like a crazy woman in a grey skivvy, but in under a month I am jetting off to live in New York for a while’ says Emily. ‘I am beyond excited to meet more creative minded people, and absorb all the creative influences of a new city!’.