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Emily C.

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  • Joined April 2015

I'm a designer & illustrator who believes in simplicity and functionality. Previously Squarespace and Donorschoose.

  • New York, NY, United States
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Emily C.
New York, NY, United States

Worked with




I love collaborating with brands in the food, lifestyle and social impact space on a mission to empower communities. I draw from my experience and connections in the food, start-up and social impact world in NYC.

Work history

Innovation Fellow
StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world. We bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and innovators working to create change.
Freelance Designer & Illustrator
I'm a designer with a focus on beautiful and simple aesthetics for modern brands. Specialties include brand identity, illustration, calligraphy, marketing design. Keen interest in the women's, food, lifestyle and social impact space.
Operations + Strategy
Helped people build beautiful websites online. Provided Growth & Marketing with strategic opportunities within the food sector in NYC. Collaborator for Women@Squarespace, a women's leadership monthly community series.
Marketing Team
Coded and created content for email sends to our donor base to provide continual engagement and increase giving to our crowd funding marketplace. Their donations went towards funding a project of their choice at a high-need public school.
Product Research & Community
Coordinated a series of user research studies for the product team. Conceptualized and organized chef community engagement events. Assisted the team in improving internal operational processes.
Market Manager
Led brand representation, market inventory, and bread sales at multiple farmer's markets for this non-profit bakery/business incubator program for low-income immigrant women in the Harlem area.
Freelance Designer
Working on various branding, marketing collateral design projects for this global entrepreneurship series. Hailed as the Davos of the millennial generation.

Reviews and references


Stephanie Newman

Emily is lovely! Clients will find her a pleasure to work with. She's very responsive and communicative, and her portfolio speaks to the high quality of her work.


Maptia x Charity:Water September Campaign

Illustrated the look and feel of Maptia's Partnership with Charity:Water. Charity:Water launched their #NothingIsCrazy Campaign to kick off their September Fundraising Campaign to raise money for clean water access globally.

Sydney Cocktail Club

Re-designed Sydney Cocktail Club on the Squarespace Platform. Created a clean, modern aesthetic to engage it's target audience. Happy Imbibing!

Summit Series

Marketing collateral and branding design for this global entrepreneurship summit, hailed as the Davos for the millenial generation.

Trends on Trends - Illustration & Lettering

Trends On Trends is trend forecasting creative agency for the culinary sector in NYC. I, with the Creative Director, Emily Miller created the whimsical & punchy look for her newletters and signature Breakfast Clubs gathering all the food influencers & creatives in NYC.

365 Days of Type

365 Days of Experimenting with branding, type and composition.

Stellar Spice

Branding & Creative Direction for Stellar Spice, a contemporary lifestyle brand for adventurous and curious women.



Typography & Branding




Native or bilingual proficiency


presentation and slide design graphic design web design infographic design logo illustration branding calligraphy Squarespace


Photoshop adobe Illustrator Squarespace InDesign


Not seeking work


  • Available during business hours and evenings


  • Can work 30hrs per week
  • Can commit to 6 months to 1 year


Industries I love

Consumer Products Fashion Food Health & Wellness Philanthropy Photography Social Enterprise Tech Travel Other

What I read

A Sprouted Kitchen Blog, Any Cookbook, Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, Kinfolk Magazine, Boat Magazine

Side projects

CreativeMornings, NYC Chocolate Festival, Food & Film Festival, Bitten Food Conference

Ideal team

Passion for creative brands and teams in the food, lifestyle, social impact space on a mission to empower communities. I love working with teams and clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their unique creative vision and target audience.