This spring I threw myself back onto the stage and into acting as a nonbinary milk delivery person Harriet Newsome in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town". My son Owen joined in the fun as the ill-fated cub scout Wally Webb. I designed the poster, playbill, and social media. I kept the design stark and simple, much like how the stage and characters are throughout the minimalist play. We had 3 outstanding sold-out shows as Guilford Center Stage triumphantly returned to the newly renovated BBCC (Broad Brook Community Center) in Guilford Center. #broadbrookcommunitycenter #guilifordcenterstage #ourtown #malouindesign
Pleased as green punch to be in the mix of launching the Citizens Pay app for Android and Apple! From photoshoot to final assets, a large team of photographers, designers, marketers, and developers made it all possible – and almost 44,000 downloads in the first month of launch proves it for this steadily growing BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) adventure! I created the app screens for both app store platforms as well as asset support for a landing page.
#citizenspay #CitizensColleague #buynowpaylater #bnpl #citizens #citizensbank
I began my new career path at Citizens this week – I look forward to learning a ton of new things, meeting lots of cool colleagues, and pushing the brand beyond traditional banking - I know I am "made ready"! #malouindesign #madeready #citizensbank #citizens #newpath
Sometimes in life you just have to take a flying leap... I am switching roles in the coming weeks. Saying goodbye to a long tenure, and hello to a fresh exciting start. I know it will land me in the right direction!
#staytuned #malouindesign #flyingleap #freshstart #newbeginings
Showcasing my Thespian roots, I dove into learning Adobe Rush and wrote, filmed, and edited a 5-minute video on "Metadata Matters" that was shown at a well-attended global marketing meeting that I hosted. I played a character called Metadata opposite myself as a frustrated graphic designer who can't find assets. Metadata helps me then identify pain-points and how to fix the problem with better file naming, keywords, tags, and archiving! #metadatamatters
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When a friend reaches out to get a logo ASAP for her growing goat milk business, you don't mess around. Literally overnight this was born and my client couldn't be happier - and sent it out immediately for production! #malouindesign #designovernight #whatarefriendsfor #blackravenfarmer
I had the honor to be interviewed for the Guilford Gazette about my role as a new town auditor, and the much improved Town Report design and layout. I am hoping this work will resonate with the locals, and provide more emphasis on how great Guilford is!
A few days ago, we celebrated a year in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Vermont. The move was stressful, but we do not have any regrets to bring our child to this beautiful, not-so-crowded state. Of course, it required high-speed broadband to connect to my employer, who kept me on as a remote worker. This limited some of our location choices, but the little town of Guilford on the SE border of VT/MA was an ideal fit for all. We sold the antique "money pit" and bought the open-concept modern "shark house" (nicknamed for the metal shark sculpture embedded in the back yard), high on a hill off a mile-long dirt road. It really needed no updates other than new garage doors! An iconic Vermont covered bridge over a dam with a lazy swimming hole is a short dash down the road. Trail heads peak out of forests and farms. We partake in Vermont's offerings of hiking, wildlife, canoeing, fishing, stargazing, and a welcomed slower pace. My husband is now a local cub scout den leader, and I am Guilford's newest Town Auditor. Our son attends Hilltop, a small Montessori school with a breath taking view and beautiful campus, not to mention fabulous teachers and staff. Even with the onset of COVID-19, I witnessed the struggle for many colleagues at the beginning, mostly as we all had to juggle layoffs, furloughs, remote working challenges, and teaching children at home. I was used to having to keep a good routine in order to function, but the homeschooling was a doozy! A good cadence set in a few months, and now I believe that everyone is fairly content with being remote - and possibly staying that way for a long time. But not all of them can say there are bears and moose nearby!