Emilie Chen

Emilie Chen

Freelance Designer and Art DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Emilie Chen

Emilie Chen

Freelance Designer and Art DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I’m a London-based French designer and art director who loves coming up with big ideas, crafting beautiful designs, and collaborating with other creatives to produce work that captures audiences’ imagination. I have worked in-house at the National Theatre, Penguin Books, and Pentland Brands, and my clients’ list includes BAFTA, the Henry Moore Foundation, Somerset House, Unmind, The Almeida Theatre, and The Young Vic. Inside and outside of work, I am passionate about making the industry a more inclusive place, and I am one of the volunteer organizers of Ladies Wine & Design London, a community group, and events series for women and non-binary creatives.
  • The Clinic
    The ClinicDipo Baru-Etti play tells the stopy of Wunmi is a burnt out activist. On the verge of collapse, she turns to a nurse, Ore, for help. Ore welcomes Wunmi in her her parents’ home – upstanding citizens who are dedicated to serving their community. But her presence soon disrupts the family unity and cracks start to appear. Has Wunmi walked into a refuge or a trap? We shot three images for the campaign. The flammes ripping through the portraits are inspired by the fire references in the script, such
  • Oklahoma!
    Oklahoma!‘Oh what a Beautiful Morning Oh What a Beautiful Day I have a Wonderful Feeling Everything’s going my Way’ The brief: Director Daniel Fish revival of the classic American musical opened off Broadway in 2019 and was a smash hit, dubbed ‘sexy Oklahoma!’ by the press. Usually positioned as a wholesome love story on the frontier, between Curly the cowboy and Laurey, the farmer’s daughter, Daniel Fish’s version unearthed the violence at the heart of the play, through the story of a community banding
  • Patriots
    PatriotsThe brief: The play tells the story of Boris Berezovsky, the oligarch and ‘kingmaker’ who plucked Vladimir Putin from obscurity and made him vice-president of Russia, only to have Putin turn on him when he became president. Outraged to have been bypassed, Berezovsky defies Putin’s authority and becomes public enemy number one. But what can one man do against the full power of the Russian state? Inspired by Russian Constructivist images and Communist statues, the image shows the face off betwee
  • The Collaboration
    The CollaborationThe brief: New York, 1984. Andy Warhol’s star is falling. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. Set up by their agent, the two artists meet and reluctantly agree to collaborate. As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art’, they embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds. Based on the little-known friendship between the two art giants, Anthony McCarten’ play imagines their intera
  • All Kinds of Limbo
    All Kinds of LimboThe brief: ‘This is my story, my lonely island, cast into dark shadowing waves that have left me in limbo’ Written by lyricist and vocalist Nubiya Brandon, musician Raffy Bushman and the Nu Shape Orchestra, All Kinds of Limbo takes the audience on a unique virtual reality / augmented reality journey across reggae, grime, classical and calypso. Originally developed as a response to the NT production of Small Island, Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel about the Windrush generation, All Kinds of L
  • Spring Awakening
    Spring AwakeningThe musical Spring Awakening tells the story of a group of 19th century teenagers. Silenced and controlled by a censorious society, Melchior, Wendla and Moritz discover a world of feeling and freedom outside the classroom, with devastating consequences. Director Rupert Goold was keen to show the whole company of young actors, so we decided to go with a very editorial approach for the artwork. We worked with fashion photographer Alessio Bolzoni to create striking group shots and a series of indi
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Projects credited in
  • Furlough and Universal Credit for Creatives | LWD London Explained
    Furlough and Universal Credit for Creatives | LWD London ExplainedLadies Wine and Design asked me to record a video for them with some industry insight and advice in regards to Furlough, Universal Credit and the current Government package for freelancers. "Finances can be complex at the best of times and even more so in the current climate. From Freelancers to Full-time employees and everyone in between. Creative recruiter, Nikky Lyle has offered to help explain all the ways the government is offering financial help. " Ladies Wine and Design, London. Furloug
Work history
    Penguin Random House UK logo
    Penguin Random House UK logo
    Senior Designer (FTC)Penguin Random House UK
     - London, United KingdomFull 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.
    National Theatre logo
    National Theatre logo
    Senior DesignerNational Theatre
     - London, United KingdomFull 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.
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  • Graphic Design
  • Branding
  • Illustration
  • Art Direction
  • Exhibition Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Book Covers
  • Concept art
  • Environmental Design
     - 58000 Nevers, France
    2-year superior degree in graphic design.
    BTS (2-years Graphic Design professional degree)Lycée Eugénie Cotton
     - Montreuil, France
    2-year course in graphic design, advertising and editorial design.