Emilie Chen

Freelance Designer and Art Director

London, United Kingdom
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About me

I am a freelance art director and graphic designer with 11 years experience working across the entertainment, publishing, sports, and fashion industries. I love coming up with bold ideas, crafting striking imagery, and collaborating with other creatives to create work that resonates with audiences. I have worked in-house at the National Theatre, Penguin Books, and Pentland Brands, and my clients’ list includes Somerset House, Orion Books, BAFTA, The Almeida Theatre, and The Young Vic. Outside of work, I am a mentor for several young designers, and a volunteer organizer for Ladies Wine & Design London, a community group and events series for women and non-binary creatives.

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  • Graphic Design
  • Branding
  • Illustration
  • Art Direction
  • Exhibition Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Book Covers
  • Concept art
  • Environmental Design

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • National Theatre

    National Theatre

    • Performing Arts
  • Penguin Random House UK

    Penguin Random House UK

    • Publishing
  • Ladies, Wine & Design

    Ladies, Wine & Design

    • Design
  • Nikky Lyle Creative

    Nikky Lyle Creative

    • Design

Work history


Senior Designer (FTC)

Penguin Random House UK

Nov 2018 - Apr 2019
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I covered for a designer on sabbatical leave (fixed-term contract) at Penguin Books Press, creating covers for several non-fiction titles, including Malcolm Gladwell's 'Talking to Strangers' UK edition.


Senior Designer

National Theatre

Sep 2014 - Sep 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I am a senior designer at the theatre in-house graphic design studio, where I work on the show campaigns – from concept to rollout – as well as print and branding projects for the commercial operations and the Fundraising and Learning teams. I manage one junior designer.


Jun 2011 - Sep 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I worked as a mid weight designer and art director on advertising campaigns, retail and branding projects for Speedo, Kickers, Lacoste, Ted Baker, Ellesse, KangaROOS and Butterfly Twists


Graphic Designer

Small Back Room

Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance


Graphic Design Intern


Nov 2010 - Dec 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship


Graphic Design Intern


Sep 2010 - Oct 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship


Junior Graphic Designer

Cadence Agency

Dec 2009 - Aug 2010
  • Paris, France
  • Full Time





Sep 2006 - Jul 2008
  • 58000 Nevers, France
  • 2-year superior degree in graphic design.


BTS (2-years Graphic Design professional degree)

Lycée Eugénie Cotton

Sep 2004 - Jul 2006
  • Montreuil, France
  • 2-year course in graphic design, advertising and editorial design.