Mark Bramhill
PERSON IN LOTUS POSITION
AUGUST 2017 for 99% INVISIBLE

Tech analysts estimate that over six billion emojis are sent each day. Emojis, which started off as a collection of low-resolution pixelated images from Japan, have become a well-established and graphically sophisticated part of everyday global communication.

But who decides what emojis are available to users, and who makes the actual designs? Independent radio and film producer Mark Bramhill took it upon himself to find out and, in the process, ended up developing and pitching his own idea for a new emoji.

Condensed version of a four-part mini-series on emoji I did for my podcast, Welcome to Macintosh. The piece helped break 99% Invisible’s typical style to experiment with new forms, and allowing more personality into the show.

THE CACTUS KING
OCTOBER 2016 for INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

A profile of Lyn Rathburn, a Houston-based cactus mogul, and king of the succulents.

THE DIVA SHEEP
AUGUST 2016 for KCRW'S 24-HOUR RADIO RACE

The story of a farmer, a man in a pickle, a German opera producer, 100 ewes, and a production that took the New York art world by storm. Produced with Jon Earle. Winner of the 2016 UnFictional Award for KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race.

THE SHIMMY
NOVEMBER 2015 for WELCOME TO MACINTOSH

The story of how a YouTube video made Steve Jobs dance.

SONIC ID: REGRETS
JUNE 2015 for TRANSOM

Walking down Main Street in Hyannis, MA, Joe talks about his biggest regrets.

AN OCEAN AWAY
MAY 2015 for TRANSOM

Sarah Outen is on an adventure: doing a lap of the world powered only by her own muscles. She travels by bike, kayak, and row boat. Her trip has brought her the best — and worst — moments of her life. And now, four years after starting her journey, Sarah is preparing for the final leg: rowing home from Cape Cod to London.

CAPTAIN MIKE AND THE WHITE WHALES
MAY 2015 for TRANSOM

Captain Mike Orbe sells more oversized fish each year than many fisherman will catch in a lifetime. But his fish won’t be winding up on the dinner table. Mike’s fish are wooden carvings, ranging between two and eight feet long. His most popular carving? The white sperm whale.