A little about me... | Marcus Embra

A little about me…

About Me

Hey! I’m Marcus and I love being a designer. Professionally, I work as a senior creative in the live events and exhibition industry. I head marketing and a team of creatives throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia for GES EMEA, one of the world’s largest full-service event suppliers. It’s a great job and I’m fortunate to be able to be a part of building some of the world’s most incredible events.

Outside of work I still live and breathe design. Whenever I find the time I enjoy creating design resources to help designers learn my tips/techniques or to help them kick-start their next design project. If you want to check out my design templates they can be found on Etsy and Creative Market. I even giveaway templates on this blog – keep your eyes peeled for my next freebie.

The Big Secret

Over the last 15 years I have taught myself design. I’m not a trained designer would you believe? I did one module at uni back in the Macromedia/QuarkXPress days (yes I’m that old). The point is anyone can be a designer if they have the desire and determination. When I started out on my journey it was the dawn of the creative online community – I sat and watched endless Lynda.com training videos and browsed every design blog out there – thank you Creative Arts and Spoon Graphics.

Why a blog?

For many years I have thought about taking the plunge and entering the world of blogging. I always knew I wanted to share some of the resources and files I’ve created over the years with people on their design journeys – I wanted to give back. Each time I got close to installing WordPress and hitting publish on my first post I’d always retreat, asking myself “Do I really have the time?” and “What would I blog about anyway?”.

Evidently, I have answered my own questions so thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. You wouldn’t believe how good it feels to finally be able to say that, it really has been a long time coming.

The Aim of my Blog

My aim with this blog is to cast aside the pompous crap that sometimes goes hand in hand with creatives. As mentioned, I’m not a trained designer – I just have a good understanding of alignment, spacing, typography and a keen eye for attention to detail.

I won’t baffle you with pretentious design language, I just want to share my design skills via templates and tutorials, and give an insight into what makes me a better designer. I’ll even throw in some posts from what I do in my work life and how I can help fellow event industry professionals – #eventprofs you rock!