I’m Emma Funk, and I’m interested in how strategy can guide graphics, storytelling, and program design to create positive social impact. I’ve been working as a graphic designer and web developer for the past seven years.
As a designer, I get excited about making complex, convoluted information clear and useful, without removing any of its nuance. As a developer, I strive to connect individuals and organizations with appropriate technologies that support and expand their work.
I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2016, I graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Science and Society. As part of that degree, I did a semester exchange at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, in the Design & Technology program.
Other projects from my time at Brown:
- I collaborated with students and faculty to develop the curriculum for a Social Entrepreneurship course for undergraduate and graduate students, for which I also served as a teaching assistant.
- I was the founding Web + Graphics Editor of Now Here This, the first collegiate audio storytelling platform.
- In 2014 and 2015, I served on the planning committee and web + communications team of Better World by Design, Brown + RISD’s student-run conference on design for social impact which hosts 700+ attendees annually.
- In 2014, I worked with Brown faculty and the staff of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology on an exhibit about the symbols and ceremonies of Brown University. My role mostly involved digging through photographic archives, designing several features (a past-to-present image collage, an interactive map, and an old-fashioned radio interface), and designing the exhibit text displays.