Who We are

Our branches grow far and wild, as our roots run deep.

Mary Louise Killen

She is a Graphic Designer and Art Director plus the Founder of Quercus Design. Mary Louise helps clients of all shapes and sizes reach their target audience with carefully crafted, smart ideas and big results.

The Longer version

Her expertise stretches across diverse industries utilizing packaging and experiential graphic design, interactive and web design to print-specific projects across various campaigns. With over 15 years working with and inside agencies, universities, independent and charter schools, and contract design-lead accounts, she has generated measurable impact.

Photo by Craig Mulcahy

Likes working remotely

Enjoys spirited co-creation, site visits and hot frothy coffee breaks.

Likes life offline

Cooks a decent gumbo. Visits international grocery stores with surprising products.

Likes New Skills

Adjunct Lecturer, Tulane University; LSU (BFA ’07); The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA ’09); The University of Reading (MA ’10)

Likes to roam

Remains influenced by Chicago, England, Italy, and the Deep South.

What can we learn from our roots?

I grew up with a bayou in my backyard and all my family around. And at the center of it all was the Pat Oak — a giant Live Oak tree that spanned three generations and over 200 years.

This Quercus tree has inspired me for as long as I can remember. From the tree house I played in as a child to the shade that I sit in as an adult, Pat Oak has taught me that when we care for the earth, the earth will care for us.

psst… Quercus is pronounced kwur·kuhs – Latin for Oak Tree.

My Dad and Uncle can be seen playing in the above photograph taken in 1964.

Craig Mulcahy

He is a British photographer currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana specialising in portrait focused advertising and editorial photography. He is also a freelance photographer and Studio Consultant with over 15 years experience working in the photographic world.

The Longer version

Craig has a broad range of experience working in the commercial world and within more creative fields such as editing, production, and more. Commercial work clients include Sony Pictures Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Google, Lululemon, Fox Network, and Miller/Coors. Craig also has extensive experience working with editorial and corporate clients.

Photo by Craig Mulcahy

Likes to work in the studio

Loves crafting and constructing with light.

Likes to work Offline

Reading, boardgames, and entertaining his kids.

Likes New Skills

National diploma photography + Higher diploma in photography/digital imaging. Photographic business owner 10+ years.

Likes to Roam

Travels as much as possible. Will always miss my native British Isles.

David Kroll

David (not to be mistaken for his identical twin, Stephen) is a graphic and interpretive designer, web designer, production specialist and educator.

The Longer version

His expertise stretches across in-house teams utilizing everything from exhibition design and fast paced editorial deadlines, interactive media and web design to print-specific projects across various publications. With over 20 years working with and inside publications/museums, and contract design-lead accounts, he has generated reliable results.

Photo by Craig Mulcahy

Likes to work swiftly

Appreciates nice tools, lighthearted people, a structured routine, and Pomodoros.

likes life offline

Loves electric cars and climate change best practices. Preps, primes, and paints a decent rain barrel.

Likes new skills

Wash U (BFA ’03); The Interaction Design Foundation; School of Motion Certificate.

Likes to roam

Remains influenced by Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans. Packs a suitcase perfectly.

Hunter Savage

Hunter has been working as a professional writer for over a decade, and an amateur writer since he was old enough to spell. He specializes in finding out what makes a client unique, and bringing that to life.

The Longer version

With a background that spans across different industries, regions, and media formats, he knows that there isn't one single project type that will meet a client's needs. Hunter loves diving into the points of differentiation that set a company apart from their competition, and then finding the most compelling way to tell that story. The best solution for your company is the one that makes your brand sing—and that's where his expertise and humor can make an incredible difference.

LIKES TO WORK WITH

Anyone who has a passion for what they do.

AWAY FROM WORK

Loves crosswords, reading, and starting art projects with the intention of one day finishing them and being a dad.

MADE HIS MARKS

At Florida State University, where he earned an English degree (and has taken up learning the piano).

LIKES TO ROAM

Born in Florida, lives in Vermont, and gets itchy feet if he stays too long in one place.

Josh Hampson

He is a web designer, business strategist, project manager, and lifelong Texan that loves helping others launch new business ideas.

The Longer version

With more than 8 years of agency experience, he thrives in fast-paced and ever-changing environments. While web development is his primary role, he is equally skilled in project management and helping maximize profit and efficiency for the clients he works with. His past clients include smaller, family owned businesses all the way up to massive tech companies, like Robinhood and DoorDash.

Photo by Gabby Deimeke

Likes working remotely

Loves a piping hot Americano and getting to know new clients and their business

Likes to get the blood flowing

Always attending a music festival, workout class, or finding new ways to get his heart racing

Likes New Skills

National Association for Catering and Events Austin Rising Star (2019)

Likes to Roam

Get him talking about his favorite vacations, and he'll talk your ear off.

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