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Emma Carpenter

Senior Design Director @ Global consulting firm
20+ years of experience in design
South Africa 5.0 (3 reviews) Active last week Usually responds in a few hours


$100 / month

Design and career coaching to increase your confidence and ability. Fun and friendly mentoring!

4 calls per month (45min/call)

Unlimited Q&A via chat

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Hello everyone, I've been a design practitioner and experience strategist for 24 years and have led and mentored designers at many agencies and firms including Fjord, Ogilvy and AKQA. I've hired and developed the careers of more than 100 people and coached and mentored over 50 to senior design and studio positions in Service Design, Product Design, UX and UI using a proven career and promotion framework designed to highlight areas of growth and improvement which we work through together. I like to get to know people on a personal level which means we can structure the mentoring to suit your specific challenge and the practical application of it in your environment.

More about me, I like use a range of design methodologies to solve business problems and conceptualise solutions and services to shape, build and launch products for clients across every industry including retail, FMCG, financial services, energy and telecommunications. I focus on cross discipline, collaborative design projects, with specialists in adjacent fields such as technology, IT, marketing, business strategy and sales to deliver measurable results and inherently change customer behaviour. I have judged at digital and advertising award shows including Cannes Lions.

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5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
4 months

Emma is an outstanding mentor whos constant support and guidance I truly appreciated. She took the time to understand my needs and goals whilst creating a safe environment where I could express myself. She always made an effort to make concrete plans for me to achieve my objectives and to explore my strengths and weaknesses. She always checked on me to motivate me in order to make constant progress. Emma provided constructive feedback that helped me grow and learned a lot through her demonstrations and the roles we took, which always helped me better understand how to fuse the business side with users needs. Emma's enthusiasm and communication always brought the best in me. Thank you, truly!



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
3 months

Working with Emma was an absolute game-changer! I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone searching for a personalized, step-by-step plan for career growth. What impressed me most was her ability to truly understand my unique needs. She crafted a concrete roadmap that perfectly aligned with my goals. Throughout the process, she held me accountable and provided unwavering support, making sure I stayed on track. Each session left me feeling confident and empowered. I always knew exactly what steps to take next. Her practical advice was consistently on point. Thanks to her guidance and dedication, I achieved my goals and couldn't be happier with the results. I'm a better designer and leader. Thank you Emma!



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
1 month

I am very happy about having had Emma as my mentor. Her guidance was key in pushing myself to refocus on my core skills and on how to make them stand out more effectively in my cv, online design portfolio and on public forums. While going through my work history, she acted as a mirror Her advice and counsel really helped me gain critical awareness about myself and how to communicate with employers and business partners.



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