What we deliver

We help brands and teams tell their story rooted in the present, focused on the future.

We enjoy starting wherever you are in process. We provide custom estimations, initial chats and productive timelines.

How We Think > Creative Process

A creative process is often an activity of progressive, evolving steps, and not often a prescribed, rigid methodology. The goal here is to show a clarity of step-by-step processes for efficiency in explanation.

auditing, investigation and strategy
1
Discover Problem
Realize Key Challenges
2
Define Hypotheses
Understand the User's Needs
3
Identify Opportunities
Analyze the User's Experience
Concept, visualization, and design
4
Develop COncepts
Begin Ideation & Experiments
5
Design Prototypes
Create Detailed Design Solutions
6
Implement & Observe
Identify Results & Learning

What We Achieve > By the number

45+

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Early Childhood centers to independent and public schools to 4-year universities
60+

Diverse CLIENTS

From Start-ups to Heritage
brands to  Banking & Finance to Art & Design
15+

Years of experience

Within agencies, inside boutique firms, and
alongside smart companies
12+

Years of teaching

Instruction, speaking engagements, and workshops for in-house teams and universities.
%

GROW YOUR BRAND

Brand recognition, traffic to your website, a larger pool of prospects, or an increase in sales.
85+

DESIGN AWARDS

Branding, admissions + development campaigns, magazines, and websites
15+

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Early Childhood centers to independent and public schools to 4-year universities
35+

Diverse CLIENTS

From Start-ups to Heritage
brands to Banking & Finance to Art & Design
15+

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Within agencies, inside boutique firms, and
alongside smart companies
12+

YEARS OF TEACHING

Instruction, speaking engagements, and workshops for in-house teams and universities.
%

GROW YOUR BRAND

Brand recognition, traffic to your website, a larger pool of prospects, or an increase in sales.
35+

DESIGN AWARDS

Branding, admissions + development campaigns, magazines, and websites

What Clients Say

As Bricolage’s de-facto brand manager for the last eight years, Mary Louise Killen led a discover and define process to design our initial logo and brand that pushed my team to clearly articulate who we were and who we were not as a school, an organization and as a community.
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Josh Densen
Founder
,
Bricolage Academy of New Orleans
As a Job Coach, it is exciting to see the light bulb go off as my students collaborate on a rain barrel design. The lesson was visualized across a unique tactile Paint Kit box and supplemental lesson plans. This partnership truly makes my students feel like real New Orleans artists. I am forever grateful for Green Light New Orleans for all they do for our community and my students.
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Gabriella Prigmore
Exploration Academy Faculty
,
St. Michael Special School
Non-profit organizations often underestimate the importance of good design as a way to reach the community. For Green Light, it is crucial to be able to educate, instruct and engage.  In our long-term partnership with Quercus Design, Mary Louise Killen helped us grow our programs. The results are a product of passion and not just a marketing tool.
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Andreas Hoffmann
Executive Director
,
Green Light New Orleans
Each student, pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, contributed to painting the rain barrel. This project brought awareness to stormwater management, the celebration of trees and built community during a pandemic. I taught with intention to match the obvious intention and detail that went into the design of this box. Stunning and visually engaging!
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Abby Wetsman
Art Teacher
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Abby Wetsman
Mary Louise goes beyond your mission statement to bring your space and materials to life. With Bricolage, she stayed close to the growth, evolution, successes, challenges, students, and staff. Her goal was to know the school experiences, so the design work reflected Bricolage's mission, values, and people. Her eye for style, color, and photography made Bricolage at home no matter the campus location.
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Holly Robbins Hermes
Chief Development Director
,
Bricolage Academy of New Orleans

Who we support

Collaborative Projects
AIGA New Orleans
Arc Greater New Orleans
Bricolage Academy of New Orleans
Bricolage Innovation Exchange
BricoRadio
Green Light New Orleans
Krewe of Muses
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
M.S. Rau Antiques
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
New Orleans Mini Maker Faire
Team Happy Foundation
The Historic New Orleans Collection
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tulane University
* Design work created through previous employment
Favorite Projects
• Arts, culture, and creatives
• Big impact, small footprint
• Nonprofit organizations
• Publications – Science, Business, Art or Leisure
• Food, Drink, & Shop
• Technology & Innovation
• Exterior or Interior Experiental Graphic Design
• Small business owners
• Conceptually satisfying
• Collaboratively consider the whole life cycle of a brand
Brief, but meaningful projects
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Stonyfield Farms  *
Pampers *
Gatorade *
Valspar *
Quartet® *

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