Creative, inspiring and down to earth are just a few ways to describe Cincinnati based graphic designer Emily Webb. At age 23, Emily Webb has already designed an array of T-shirts, postcards and even a deck of playing cards. With such talent and a killer style to boot, I was hooked and wanted to raid this Fashionista’s closet. I was determined to meet up with her to learn about her career and style tips.
Name: Emily Webb
Role: Graphic Designer, Traction
CollegeFashionista: What company do you work for, and how did you get into design?
Emily Webb: I work for a place in downtown Cincinnati called Traction. There are seven of us that work there, and I have been there for three years. Our company does print work, apps, video, photography and web development. I mainly do print work, illustration and some photography. It’s so casual—I sometimes bring my dog, Marley, to work, and my boss brings his dog, too. We do local work for the city of Cincinnati and Bicycle Playing Cards is one of our larger clients. I didn’t know a lot about graphic design at first, but in high school I took a lot of fine art classes. My sister was into art and went to the School of Advertising Art in Kettering, Ohio. She told me to look into it, and I ended up getting in!
CF: Your style seems so simple yet stands out, is there a specific color palette you enjoy wearing more?
EW: I wear a lot of black and white, which are my main go-to colors. I love neutrals and different shades of orange. I used to wear a lot of pastels, but my style has changed. If I want to have a pop of color, I’ll wear a brighter shoe or handbag. I’ve learned it’s a lot easier to have a simplistic style and be able to mix and match.
CF: What is currently your favorite item in your closet?
EW: I love jeans from American Apparel. They’re so comfortable! I also really love wearing sheer tops with a tasteful and modest lacy bra. I am also a huge fan of going to thrift stores. I think pants and shoes are so important.
CF: Is there another aspect of design you would like to dabble in besides graphic design?
EW: I love hand lettering and typography. I would love to learn sign painting, too. I want to get into more hands-on art like murals.