Every year, Moore Graphic Design seniors create design concepts for the annual Senior Show, which features final thesis collections from graduating students across majors. One look, inspired by Moore’s institutional brand, is chosen to represent the event—and this year, Emme Selby ’23 was tapped to complete print and digital assets that promote the exhibition and VIP reception.
Read our Q&A with Selby below, and then make a plan to see the 2023 Senior Show, on view from April 27 through May 12!
Can you tell us who you are?
Hi! I’m Emme (she/her), a Graphic Design major at Moore, graduating in 2023. I grew up outside of Baltimore, MD but fell in love with Philly after moving here and now live in an apartment with two other Moore students. My favorite areas of design are identity design, motion design and packaging design.
How did it feel to be selected for the Senior Show creative design?
It was exciting! One of my favorite parts of graphic design is watching my work go live. It’s a really cool honor to be the designer selected to represent our class for the Senior Show.
What was your favorite part about working on this project?
My favorite part of creating the Senior Show design was getting to see all of the different concepts my classmates and I generated. It’s an enjoyable exercise to design for a client and it’s a fun challenge to explore new ways to work within existing brand guidelines. Despite having the same brief and information, we all created vastly different designs and used Moore’s color palette in new ways.
What are you looking forward to after graduation?
I’m looking forward to the challenges that come with each and every design project and client. I truly enjoy being pushed to learn new aspects and techniques of design, and I’m excited for a lifetime of learning after Moore. One of my favorite types of design is motion design, which is relatively new to the graphic design world. Seeing what new technology can do for graphic design excites me, and I view it as a way for designers to expand our skill sets and make us more capable, rather than a threat to our profession.
What are some of your proudest accomplishments from your time at Moore?
Last year my friend and I won the Sarah Peter Travel Fellowship and went to the AIGA Design Conference in Seattle. Meeting other designers from around the world, seeing how others are redefining what graphic design is capable of, and exploring a new city reignited my love for what I do. It was such a cool experience and I’m so grateful that Moore helped make it happen!
I was also proud to be asked to speak at Accepted Students Day last year. I’ve always had social anxiety, so finding the courage to speak in front of hundreds of people about my experience at Moore was such an accomplishment for me.
What is your advice to future Moore students/fellow designers?
My advice is to never stop having fun with what you do. We are creators and we have the opportunity to enjoy what we make, so take advantage of it! It can be easy to become drained and burnt out by the demands of our jobs and school. Be open to advice and critiques. Use this information as an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself. If you keep a piece of your ideas and passion just for yourself, you will never stop finding joy in what you do.