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Getting to know Emily Skaer, Motion Designer for Graphic Means

Briar Levit

How did you get involved with Graphic Means?
I was referred by two former professors of mine at PSU, Julianna Johnson and Kate Giambrone, off Instagram oddly enough. The funny thing was I ended up taking a class with Briar while working on part of the intro to the film. Back in the midwest I worked at an art supply store and used to dig into the old inventory, playing with Rapidographs and paste up lettering. So when Briar shared her collection of vintage supplies, it definitely hit a bit of nostalgia and got me all giddy to explore the history of design production even more.

I've since become a studio mate with Briar, Julianna and Kate + one other, at Same Page Studio—where you can often hear Whitney Houston belting out some ballads to cheer on our working day.

What is your favorite pre-computer age production tool/method?
The Koh-I-Noor lead holder with non-photo blue lead is my absolute favorite tool, it's rare when I don't have it on me. It's quite a bit heavier than a standard pencil which makes a heavy hand gentler on the lead. 

What other projects are you working on right now?
Right now I am wrapping up a series of science videos for children, and helping a nonprofit with their branding. I've become freelance within the last year and am loving the diversity of projects it brings.

Check out more of her work at emjanedesign.com