Emily Oberman is a multidisciplinary designer whose work encompasses brand identity, motion graphics, publications, packaging, advertising, and websites.
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, and Talking Heads, as well as being 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 humour 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 20 years, as well as a coffee table book).
Recent projects include strategy and branding for DC Entertainment; strategy and branding for Film Independent as well as show packaging for the Film Independent Spirit Awards; strategy and branding for the luxury resort Le Guanahani as well as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia); branding and opening sequences for Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and theatrical identities for JK Rowling’s film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, DC’s Justice League, and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
Other projects include the brand identities for This American Life, Bike New York, Alex Gibney’s production company Jigsaw, and The Wing, a co-working space for women that opened in the fall of 2016 and is expanding across the country as well as into the lifestyle category with our newly designed magazine, No Man’s Land.