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Mary Louise Killen has eight years of professional experience. She specializes in print and web design with an emphasis on typography. She also has experience in developing identity and brand systems, packaging design, publication design, direct mail, environmental design, campaign materials, and photography. Mary… Read More
Mary Louise Killen has eight years of professional experience. She specializes in print and web design with an emphasis on typography. She also has experience in developing identity and brand systems, packaging design, publication design, direct mail, environmental design, campaign materials, and photography. Mary Louise's passion for typography extends into text and display typeface design (for Latin and non-Latin scripts), letterpress printing and hand-lettering.

Mary Louise earned a BFA in graphic design and painting from Louisiana State University. She also earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Communications and a MA from the University of Reading in Typeface Design. Read Less
THIS IS MY STORY, AND I'M STICKING TO IT.
Beginning as a graphic design and painting major at Louisiana State University (BFA 2007), drawing letters and setting type was an immediate infatuation. For a couple years after, I designed at Object 9, a marketing, public relations and creative firm in Baton Rouge, Louis… Read More
THIS IS MY STORY, AND I'M STICKING TO IT.
Beginning as a graphic design and painting major at Louisiana State University (BFA 2007), drawing letters and setting type was an immediate infatuation. For a couple years after, I designed at Object 9, a marketing, public relations and creative firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Next, entering the School of the Art Institute of Chicago exhibited a mode of interdisciplinary thinking in Visual Communication (MFA 2009) and exposure to letterpress printing, writing and student teaching. At The Newberry Library of Chicago, I viewed typeface design specimens such as Oswald Cooper’s Cooper Black and 15th century manuscripts. Also during that time, I worked as a graphic designer at an international product and packaging design firm, WebbdeVlam, in Chicago.

One year later studying at the University of Reading (UK) in the Typeface Design program (MA 2010), I am armed with a new typographic skill set and independent research capabilities. Returning to States, I spent one yeardesigning at boutique ad agency, Spark Branding House, in Tampa, Florida. Most recently I spent one year and half as a Multi-Media Designer at Loyola University New Orleans.

I specialize in print and web design with an emphasis on typography. I also has experience in developing identity and brand systems, packaging design, publication design, direct mail, environmental design, campaign materials, and photography. My passion for typography extends into text and display typeface design (for Latin and non-Latin scripts), letterpress printing and hand-lettering. I also enjoy documenting type found in 3D environments.

As creative designers, I believe we can all tell stories. Fewer agencies are most interested in whether the best ownable story gets told or if it can be heighten by high craft. Will this story be best communicated through mere shock and disruption, I personally think otherwise. I strive to create stories which are seamless, strategic and lasting. I see design as more than a great piece of product design or an amazing logotype created in isolation. It is all about creating the right compelling story, crafting the essential pages as a team and providing a new engagement for the right audience. Read Less
Member Since: Oct 4, 2010