About

Emily is a designer, writer, business-owner and new mother. For the past nine months, she’s been elbow deep in poopy diapers. Recently, she’s learned two things: that she likes design and babies the same way (clean and fresh), and that motherhood is like a steamroller of love over her heart. (Ouch, in the most wonderful way possible).

Hello, friend! I’m Emily. For the past nine years, I’ve practiced quality brand-making and smart design for people aiming to create real value in the world. Here’s what I do, why I do it and and why I think you’re awesome.

I design websites for positive people. And logos. And pretty much all the other stuff one may need for business. I also teach other business-owners how to brand themselves confidently and fearlessly (after all, we all need a little help sometimes, right? I’m no exception).

I’m in a three-way love affair with words and images and, quite frankly, I love to create. And when it means I can help someone fulfill a dream of starting a business or sharing their gift with the world, I get goosebumps.

I believe humor is the shortest distance between two people. I try to use this philosophy in both design and life, which means I try not to take myself too seriously. I do, however, take your success seriously. My goal is to add an insane amount of value to your life and help create meaningful experiences for your audience.

Here’s why I think you’re awesome: I have a tiny hunch that you aren’t just here for a logo or a website. You’re here because you want to change your business – and life – for the better. You want to create something meaningful. You want to make a difference. You want to make money, while making a difference. You’re here to create value in a way no one else can. You know your worth, and you’re ready to do the kind of work that’s necessary for the world to know it as well.

I value myself on how I help transform people’s lives. I believe good communication and great design can take us far, but they won’t take us all the way. First we have to do the real work. And that is rooted in you. My job is to help you express why you do what you do, what you believe in and how you can generously add value to the world. Anything we create together after that — brand identity, website, etc. – is a product of the real work we do.

I believe in you and your creative potential. We both know you already have what it takes, the question is: what do you want?

The Story So Far

For those curious souls interested in how I ended up here: a brief history of my existence.

I grew up in the beautiful, rural Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. My ancestors knew what they were doing when situated themselves in what would become the first national park on the East Coast. Good work!

My childhood revolved around a huge extended family. We had, and still have, Sunday dinner together in a big cabin my grandfather built. I come from an extremely entrepreneurial family. I knew at a very young age, how to make a buck using my own ingenuity and a little hard work. Pretty much everything that happened between birth and college, I have to credit to my parents. They did a pretty darn good job. Plus they gave me an epic name. Thanks, parents!

Fast forward to college years. Shunning Forbes Magazine list of most (and least) lucrative majors, and studied Art at the University of Virginia. Did I have a plan for after college? No. But, studying art taught me how to think critically and utilize constructive criticism. Plus, it was fun.

To the angst of people who cared for my well-being, I fled to New York one week after graduating. I found a job at a small creative agency, beginning my real-world education. I learned how to be a designer, how to write and how to run a business. I also lived in a six-bedroom loft in the East Village. It was ripped straight from the Real World. It was, by far, the most formative time of my adult life. And it was really, really fun.

seanAgainst my better judgement, I fell in love with one of my roommates. We had been living together for almost two years. I fought it at first, but it’s pretty simple: he’s my best friend. The night he proposed, he told me that the first time I met his mother (the first day we became roommates), she gave him permission to marry me.

To my parents consternation, I decided to start my own business in 2008. That first year was tough. The economy was in the tanker. There were tears and anxiety, but there was also immense satisfaction and freedom. I definitely didn’t have much of a plan at first, but I did have a vision. And with a little help from some loving mentors and a few courageous first clients, it was the right decision.

In 2010, I married my love in my parent’s backyard. It was a celebration of all the people who had loved and supported us to that point in our lives. It took a lot of planning. It was a hell of a lot of fun. And it was pretty perfect.

parisTo the puzzlement of most people we knew, my husband and I promptly packed our bags and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. We had one plan: have fun. We worked and traveled for two years. We spent our first wedding anniversary in Paris.

Upon returning to the states – and against the growing trend – my husband and I decided to become parents. Four month ago, I realized my greatest creation yet: Miss Ella Jean Kenny. Was it planned? Yes. Is it fun? Beyond my wildest dreams.

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And if I teach her anything about life, I hope she learns that going against the odds (and good opinions of others) can mean great things, as long as doing those things means being true to yourself. That it’s good to have a plan, and it’s ok not to. Life carries on regardless. And that everything is better when you’re having fun.