After earning her AAS degree in Graphic Design, Yasemin Emory landed a
coveted internship at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia under the
tutelage of her Parsons professor and current boss. She was then hired
to work freelance for the company and soon obtained a fulltime position.
Her seamless transition from student to assistant art director for the
Special Projects Group took only six months, and since that time she has
ascended another rung at the company to associate art director.
Emory’s path to Parsons was not as straightforward. As an undergraduate
at Montreal’s McGill University, she studied International Development.
Her experience as a photo editor for the school newspaper turned her
vocational interest toward design. The AAS program at Parsons gave her
an opportunity to explore that interest. “You are not just learning to
move type around a page; you are approaching design with a point of view
or a sense of purpose from the get-go. It’s always connected to the
larger world, to our experience, interests, and knowledge.” Emory hopes
to combine her background in international development with her design
expertise to benefit the greater good.