Visual problem-solver.
Smart typographer.
Vintage poster scavenger.

Mary Louise Killen joined Zehno in 2014 following success with a huge development campaign at Loyola University. Her unique visual communication background in typography, design, letterpress printing, photography and film makes her a go-to person for finding solutions that no one else considers. Her work has helped secure 10+ CASE and Educational Marketing awards for Zehno.

When the New Orleans-based Isidore Newman School decided to launch Green Trees, an early childhood educational program for children 6 weeks to 4 years old, it partnered with Zehno to develop its sub-brand. Armed with out-of-the-box solutions and strong team collaboration skills, Mary Louise developed a Green Trees logo drawing on four major themes in the school’s mission and goals.

While a teaching assistant at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she taught college seniors how to reproduce antique type specimens, including historic passports and Olympic posters. Now you’ll find her at estate sales and thrift stores scavenging for antique letterpress posters. She has two vintage posters hanging in her collection — a 1984 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster and a 1984 New Orleans world’s fair poster. If you ask nicely, she’ll show you the beloved 500-page letterpress book that she keeps in a fire-safe case at an undisclosed location. It was a souvenir she picked up in Belgium when she was studying abroad.

Education

M.A., typeface design, University of Reading (UK)
M.F.A., visual communication, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.F.A., studio art and painting, Louisiana State University