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Me and My Emmy
September 25, 2019

Me and My Emmy: Karin Fong

Karin Fong loves the mix of creativity in title design.

  • Corey Nickols

Primetime Emmy Tally: Two

How She Got the Gold: For Outstanding Main Title Design on Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection on PBS in 2001, and for Starz’s Counterpart in 2018

Now for the Noms: Fong has seven nominations for main title design.

Beginner’s Luck: “The first time I won was also my first nomination. Our team was so shocked! I can recall thanking all of our parents for sending us to art school, and one of my colleagues reached forward to pet the statue while I spoke. He wasn’t sure if we would all get one later, and he wanted to make sure he got his chance to touch it.”

Fast Forward: “The second time I won I had a better sense of how the evening progresses, but it’s no less a thrill. The surprise might have even been heightened after 17 years! It was cool to share the moment with my husband. We finally got to toast a win together.”

Home Improvement: “My first Emmy statue is on the piano at my mom’s house, next to my high school graduation picture. I haven’t found a permanent home for the second. I was thinking of bringing it to work, but my kids insisted on having it around a while longer.”

Deep Dive: “One of my favorite parts of the job is becoming immersed in another world — talking with the showrunners, reading the scripts, watching whatever footage is available and researching related history, music and art.”

High on Hybrids: “Looking back, I was doing titles before I really even knew what they were. My childhood Super 8 films started with stop-motion animated letters, cut out of paper. Then, as now, I was drawn to creating hybrid images — visuals that could combine live action, illustration, photography and type.

At Imaginary Forces we design all kinds of sequences, including television titles. I feel very lucky to be working at this intersection of design and filmmaking.”

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This article originally appeared in emmy magazine, Issue No. 6, 2019

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