John Emshwiller is a Senior Associate and Design Director with more than 19 years of professional brand design experience. He dedicates himself to providing clients with authentic designs and strategies that when completed are impactful and consistent with company’s visual identity. His branding experience includes a large variety of built environments including; retail, corporate hq’s, stadiums, arenas, museums, brand centers, workplaces, hotels, and expos among others. Most recently featured as Building Design + Construction‘s 40 Under 40, Class of 2016 Honoree in the October 2016 issue. In addition, John is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society for Experiential Graphic Design–where the Board of Directors selected him as the new LA Chapter Co-Chair.
John Emshwiller’s projects have won numerous prestigious awards (AIA, IIDA, SEGD, BD+C, ENR, SXSW, AZRE, TEA, Interior Design Magazine and Architizer A+ Awards), is published in WIRED Magazine, Fast Company, Print Magazine, New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The China Post, Shanghai Daily, and The Huffington Post. At his core, John’s true passion remains within design, however, he prides himself with the responsibility of developing younger talent as he is a regular guest speaker, mentor and thesis advisor at ArtCenter College of Design, California State University Long Beach, Otis College of Design and Woodbury College. A self-starter, who always finds himself busy, John single-handedly developed the Brand Design Internship Program during his time with his previous firm. Recruiting over 35+ up-andcoming designers in just five years, converting many to staff upon completion of the program. Living and working Downtown for 10+ years, he is actively involved in the DTLA community– serving on the Historic Core Business Development Committee, volunteering to do brand identity to establish the only local Metro Charter school and once owner of a boutique retail shop in the Historic Core.
With all his spare time, John Emshwiller collaborates with LA City District 14 Council member, José Huizar. As Committee Leader of Branding for Pershing Square Renew and DTLA Forward, you will find him walking DTLA daily for new inspiration.
View more of John Emshwiller’s work at Gensler. Connect with John on LinkedIn.