Emily Oberman: Imbalance is a Rush
Emily Oberman is a Partner & Designer at Pentagram, the world's largest independent design consultancy. We had a bit of trouble pinning her down to chat during CAMP Festival 2017, but when we found a moment it was worth it. Read on:
“Lack of balance has an adrenaline rush to it.” —Emily Oberman
Emily Oberman is a full-time partner at New York design studio Pentagram and a full-time mom to eight-year-old twins. So yeah, she doesn’t strive for some kind of work-life balance. Rather, she aims for the relative comfort found smack-dab in the middle of panicked and thrilled. And once in a while she’s able to carve out a little bonus space for herself.
Enjoy your balancing act.
She finds her children emotionally fulfilling and her design work creatively fulfilling. Together, it’s an adrenalin ride. Part of making it all work for her is taking her work home. It means coming home to tuck the kids into bed and then responding to client needs. Clients text her at all hours. Life and work are totally woven together. Her weekends are particularly important.
Remember to keep adapting.
Emily is endlessly adaptable. Every step of the way of her professional and personal life, she’s got to new points where she didn’t think she could do more than what she was already doing. Yet she continues to achieve it by being more efficient. Her bandwidth keeps growing and her achievements do too.
Emily isn’t the only creative force in her household. Read more wise words from her husband: Paul Sahre.