In our series "Staffer Q&A," we sit down with members of our crew, interview-style, to find out the "who" behind Emma, get a sneak peek into new features and integrations they're working on, and hear what they do when they're not at work.
Tell us a little about yourself, Rob. What do you do at Emma?
As a brand designer, my main focus is — you guessed it — the Emma brand. From premium content pieces to icons on the website, I have a hand in most of it. I handle a lot of illustration for Emma (our blog headers, iconography), design marketing collateral (print pieces, emails, guides) and from time to time, I help our in-house video guru with some editing, animation, and mic-holding.
Ok, and when you’re not at Emma?
I’d like to say I have a pretty wide range of hobbies, and that might be true, but it’s also true that I watch WAY too much reality TV. I recently watched all 6 seasons of The Jersey Shore because I thought it was a historical phenomenon I should know about, but also because Snooki and Pauly D are hilarious. Aside from TV, I enjoy hiking and camping, going to as many haunted houses as possible, mixing cocktails, bowling, woodworking (mainly learning about woodworking, because I don’t have any of the necessary tools, but one day…), sewing, making music, buying and listening to records, cooking and gardening.
What project are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m pretty busy making sure that Marketing United 2017 will be (and look) as awesome as possible. And trust me, it’s going to be awesome!
Read any good books lately?
I’ve been slowly reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, but I had to put it down because it was giving me creepy dreams. It’s great, though and I’ll pick it back up soon. Before that, I read Slade House by David Mitchell (another haunted house story of sorts, but a little lighter than House of Leaves). I’m also currently reading The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails.
Our readers are dying to know: What’s your spirit animal? Why?
That’s a hard one. Maybe a parrot? Primarily because Jimmy Buffet has led me to believe they have a pretty great life (living on the beach, sipping margaritas, snatching tourist’s cheeseburgers when they aren’t looking). So, yeah, I’d say parrot or maybe dog, because sometimes I find myself feeling jealous of how easy, chill, and comfortable my dog’s life is. I mean, really, he just eats, chases squirrels, and lies on the couch all day. Sounds good to me.
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