Hey, been trying to meet you.

I’m a creative director with a design background living in Detroit, MI. Equal parts creative and Type A personality, I thrive on conceptual projects, have an obsession with Microsoft Excel, and love thinking about the big picture. As a creative director I believe:

  • People are more important than projects.
  • Collaboration yields better results than competition.
  • There’s strength in admitting frankly when you don’t know something (but you should follow it up by trying your darnedest
    to find the answer!)
  • Being a leader doesn’t mean you’re always the one talking.
    More often than not, it means shutting up and allowing other people to talk. 
  • Self-awareness is crucial. Know what you’re good at and more importantly, what you’re bad at. 
  • Hire people who are good at what you’re bad at, then step back and let them use their talents on the job.

I served as President of the AIGA Detroit Chapter from 2011-2013 and presented at national AIGA leadership conferences in Minneapolis and in Salt Lake City. In 2012 I also presented at the Re:design conference in Chicago, IL. That year I traveled to Cannes, France to attend the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as the inaugural recipient of the "I Am MRM" award.

Email: colleenmavis@gmail.com


Outside of work I like:

  • Taking pottery classes
  • Traveling to new places 
  • Listening to podcasts
  • Cooking vegetarian food
  • Sipping Malbec and Belgian beer
  • Organizing and color coding things
  • Spending time with my dog and two cats
  • Admiring all things Eames