My design work is driven by curiosity, and I approach new projects like an investigative journalist. The discipline of constant research allows me to anticipate waves of visual culture, and to place brands in the sweet spot for long-term growth and success. I design with skill and speed to deliver work that is relevant, intriguing, and empowering. I take on clients that take an active role in local community and nurture those clients like they are family. I would love to hear about your plans and needs for the future over coffee.
I write about Portland design culture as a regular contributor with AIGA Portland.
Branding & Concept Development
Packaging & Print Design
2-D Retail design
Photoshoot Art Direction
- TESTIMONIALS -
Client:League of Women Designers Portland
'Marilee so graciously volunteered her time to produce promotional materials for a gallery show put on by the League of Women Designers last spring. Not only was she easy to work with, she also went above and beyond to get local donations for the event. She produced a beautiful take-away and managed the entire process with the print vendors seamlessly!' -Emily Steen, League of Women Designers Facilitator
'Gaviña Coffee is a major specialty coffee roaster that has a proud history going back almost 50 years in this country, and 90 years before that in Cuba. Marilee started about a year before me so it was a pleasure to see her gradually update and transform our brands. I think the quality of our image matches the inherent quality of our coffees and I know we have Marilee to thank for that.' -Jeff Durbin, C.F.O at Gaviña Coffee
Client:Z & R Design/ Marc Jacobs Beauty
'I reached out to Marilee as a consultant based on her strength Art Directing photoshoots. Her instagram feed had a beautiful lifestyle photography that I loved and I brought her in to develop fresh social media content for a key client. I found her creative collaboration to be helpful, her work style to be organized and helpful, and the end result helped me win new business. Our work together gained my client over 7,000 new likes, and Marilee’s help achieving this on a short timeframe was invaluable. My experience working with Marilee was very good and I will definitely collaborate with her on projects in the future.'
-Zlata Nikonovskaya, Principle at Z & R Design
Client:Nola Logan Photography
'Marilee is a DREAM to work with. She went above and beyond what was expected during our collaboration. I originally sought out Marilee because I had heard of the unique and beautiful work she had done as a member of the LWD community. We worked closely on developing my personal brand in a timely manner and my experience of working with Marilee was exactly what I was looking for. She basically read my mind! I would not just recommend her for a personal project but as a major asset to any design team.' -Nola Logan, Photographer
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