With over 20 years in the creative business, Emily Christenson is a strategic partner sought after for her design intuition, her collaborative spirit, and her ability to see how her clients’ immediate needs fit into the larger picture of their brand.  She is a communicator, and believes that design should enhance and never impede the message at hand.

Before she launched Paintbox Creative, Emily worked as a graphic designer at Fannie Mae and Fairmont Federal Credit Union, and assistant creative director at SQN Communications Design. She has a strong background in branding and print media, publication design, B2B and B2C communications, digital graphics, and large format design.

Emily has a M.A. in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore and a B.A. in studio art and anthropology from the University of Virginia.

We are pleased to serve these and many other clients:


We recently worked with Paintbox Creative on the formal critique of two flagship magazines. Emily was exceptionally kind and professional throughout the entire process, asking the right questions and digging into our past designs and competitive landscape. Altogether the creative process was quick, seamless, and her suggestions were easy for our in-house designers to implement. The magazines now have new life and a consistency that will be easy to honor and use as our new template.

Darren Buford, Senior Director, Communications and Editor-in-Chief Professional Assist Corporation (ABMP/ASCP/AHP/ANP)



Let’s talk about your next design project!

Emily Christenson