Get to Know Team MR: Creative Assets/Graphic Designer Emily

First thing you need to know is that Emily made this GIF of Beyoncé.


What did you do before working at MR?

I was freelancing on my own, and before that I freelanced full time as a graphic designer at Refinery29. Before that, I did graphic design at Tocca.

What did you go to school for?

I studied Communications Design at Pratt Institute, which encompassed graphic design, illustration and advertising/art direction. I learned a little bit of everything in the best of ways.

When I graduated college, I thought that I was for sure going to be a package designer. I really liked working three-dimensionally and away from the computer. That’s why the hands-on, prop-styling/art direction side of this job is exciting to me.

This is from a fun shoot I worked on for the Diet Coke diet:


Not to sound like a restaurant survey, but…how’d you hear about us?

I first found Man Repeller through someone sharing an article on Facebook. I don’t remember what the article was about, but I remember finding the site and then stumbling upon Man Repeller’s Instagram. It was refreshing to see something different. Several years later, I decided to reach out to MR to inquire about illustration or design contribution as a freelancer, and found out that they were coincidentally looking to hire a graphic designer. I interviewed and here we are!

What’s the best part of your job?

That I don’t have to be afraid to get a little weird creatively. If I want to put a celebrity on a rainbow for no reason, or add a pineapple onto something, it’s okay. I also love that there are opportunities to participate in larger conversations, like the round tables.

What’s the worst part?

When there are super busy days and I’m unable to dedicate the full amount of time that I’d like to on something. It’s definitely all about time management and producing the best thing that you can within a certain amount of time, but that’s not always my favorite.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a veterinarian, and then later discovered that too many bodily fluids would be involved. I am also allergic to most animals with fur so I don’t think that it would’ve worked out very well.

What’s one piece of advice that you would give to anyone who might want your job?

Don’t give up on doing what you want to do. If you want to pursue a creative career, keep trying until you find a place that’s right for you. Being a creative for a living is hard these days because it’s such a competitive field. And not to sound like a cheeseball, but just keep being YOU and everything will fall into place.

Any advice for the person who has no clue what they want to do?

Ask yourself: what is the one thing that you find yourself doing just because you enjoy doing it and not because you have to?

Let’s end this with a weird fact about you.

I’m kind of a hoarder — not in the “I collect used diapers and never throw away newspapers” sense, but more that I have a vast archive of objects with “creative potential.” However, it seems to have come in handy for shoots at MR…


Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.


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  • Hi, Emily, nice to meet you. 🙂

    And: yes (to pick only one), that rainbow was really awesome!

    • Emily Zirimis

      Nice to meet you too! 🙂 And thanks! Rainbows never seem to get old

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  • Allie Fasanella

    dope queen

    • Emily Zirimis


  • Amelia Diamond

    Emily! Emily!

    • Emily Zirimis

      <3 <3

  • Looking forward to reading all these articles about the MR team! I’m glad you started with Emily because her work sets a specific tone for this site

  • Lindsey Crafter

    Yay E!

    • Emily Zirimis

      Hey Lindsey! 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see how all the other employees at MR got to where they are, especially the writers!

  • I love this series and I love your advice for creatives!

    • Emily Zirimis

      Thanks Colby!

  • Amy Mills

    HEY I just complimented her yesterday this is awesome

    but just to reiterate: hey emily what you do is cool and unique and better than 98% of the take-themselves-too-seriously visuals on the internet

    • Emily Zirimis

      Hahahaha, thank you Amy 🙂

  • Yayyyy, thank you for taking my suggestion on this post!!! Excited to see the rest of the team 🙂

    • Amelia Diamond


  • HIIIIIIII-EEEEEE eyes love your work <3<3<3
    & my child self is extremely jealous that you still have your barbie clothes. The fashion was my favorite part of Barbie and yet we got rid of it all. :((((((((

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      she also has a mean collection of beanie babies!

      • Emily Zirimis


    • Emily Zirimis

      Hahahaha I do have quite the “archive” of childhood toys…

    • Lua Jane

      Me too. Plus how man repellery are those things. Pink bell bottom overalls, anyone? That tiny shearling jacket.

      • seriously. I don’t think my Barbies were that hip.

  • Living Paula Blog

    This is awesome. She has some great advice and experience. That Diet Coke Ad looked really neat! I have a hard time meeting deadlines at my job too.


    • Emily Zirimis

      Thanks Paula!

  • Melissa

    Love this! My childhood dream of being a vet also ended in “I’d have to put my hands where?!?”

    • Emily Zirimis

      Ha! Exactly

  • I would commute from Toronto just to work for you.

  • oh so that’s why! I’ve been loving the collages!

    • Emily Zirimis


  • Emily nice to emeet you!! Your designs match perfectly MR spirit 🙂

    • Emily Zirimis

      Thanks so much María!

  • This is so great! Love this segment

  • Eve Oswald

    What a gorgeous talented woman you are Emily! May I ask what made you want to study Graphic Design? I am currently humming and haaring (is that a thing) over what I should study (journalism, marketing, fashion design) and what you do sounds right up my alley! Would love some advice, am currently going through a quarter life crisis and need to get my s*** sorted!

    Eve 🙂

    • Emily Zirimis

      Thank you, Eve! You’re too kind! To answer your question – when I graduated high school, I went to art school because I just knew that I wanted to do something creative but wasn’t sure what *specific thing* I wanted to do yet. So I chose to major in “Communications Design” with a focus in advertising/art direction but eventually shifted gears more toward graphic design during my junior year because I felt like I enjoyed the visual side of things more than the copywriting/advertising aspect. If you’re interested in the things that you mentioned above (journalism, marketing, fashion design) it definitely sounds like you should study somewhere that offers multiple options! That way you can explore. Hope that helps at least a little bit 🙂

  • Lua Jane

    Rainbows and pineapples are awesome. And so is the chance to get tko know the rest of the team. We all love Leandra, Amelia, Krista but now we get to meet more awesome minds behind the MR.

    • Emily Zirimis

      haha, glad you agree that pineapples and rainbows are awesome! 🙂

  • Hi Emily,

    nice to virtually meet you. Thanks for sharing this article and the advice about the creatives. I like a lot your collage works.
    I wanted to ask was there a difference of life balance on working as freelance and now, or nothing has changed?
    Thnx in advance.

    • Emily Zirimis

      Hi Alba, nice to meet you as well! Working full time vs. freelance is different but also the same. Both take hard work and discipline in various ways. Freelancing takes a lot of discipline because you are your own boss, schedule your own projects and need to always be on top of having clients consistently. Working full time takes discipline as well but also offers consistency. If you are back and forth between both for yourself, I suggest trying out both to see which you prefer, if you are able! Hope that helps 🙂

      • Dear Emily,

        thanks for your feedback and for sharing your experience.

  • Tiffany Chin

    Finally!!! A graphic designer that exists in Man Repeller!!! Before stumbling into this article, I assumed MR were just full of editors/writers. Now I realize that MR does have designers also!! Glad to get to know you Emily, and that you are behind those humorous graphics and GIFs in the blog! What makes MR’s collages stand out, is the humor in them, and that MR does not take life too seriously! Emily, you are one VERY LUCKY gal to work in MR!!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Emily rules!! Man Repeller actually only has two writers/editors: Leandra and me! We have many amazing freelance contributing writers. The rest of the team is made up of very cool people like Emily in charge of graphics, Krista as our photographer, Kate as our digital director, Harling as our social media manager, Yvonne on analytics, Elizabeth as managing editor, plus Quazzy and Jay helping spread the stories in new verticals. We’re doing a whole “get to know team MR, all of which you can view in this set:

      • Tiffany Chin

        Thank you Amelia for your info! Can’t wait to view the rest of the profiles in the Team MR set! Enjoyed seeing you and Leandra in the Man Repeller x NARS video!

    • Emily Zirimis

      Hi Tiffany! Nice to meet you as well 🙂 Thank you for your kind words! Cruella worked well with those Byredo couches, right! haha

      • Tiffany Chin

        Yup! 🙂

  • Well done Emily.

  • Milda Zim

    haha, fun!

  • Catalina

    that barbie clothes hoard photo is why cover photos on facebook exist….

  • Willa McCormack

    As a graphic designer I love the idea of working at a MR you are really get to be a part of every aspect of the MR world! I have to say I can relate to hoarding objects of “creative potential”… I also hoard lipstick because it gives my face a little more potential. I am wondering if MR offers graphic design internships?

  • Marie Alberto

    Aaaah! I LOVE every single collage and still life you make!