I’m Madeline, a Michigan-based creator + communicator. I studied creative advertising at Michigan State University and currently work as the Creative Director at MSU’s contemporary art museum. I love using design and communications to foster positive change and help people. I enjoy challenging myself and others to do better, even if it means dissecting and rewriting a single tweet until it’s just right.
I grew up in a tiny town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where I dreamed of being a world-famous fashion designer and/or elementary school art teacher. Fast forward ten years, I moved to "the city" to study at MSU. There I discovered my love for all things design and took home the "Best in Show" student Addy award for a hot sauce campaign—I've never smiled that big. The following year, I drove across the country with seven other talented students to make a documentary about how creativity connects us. You can watch that here. Around the same time, Eli and Edythe Broad enlisted Zaha Hadid to build an art museum at MSU. I quickly landed a job as a design intern and have been there ever since.
Outside the hours of 9–5 I work at an antique jewelry shop and volunteer at Lansing's Refugee Development Center. As an ESOL teacher, I help local refugees learn English and better acclimate to their new home. It's quickly becoming my favorite part of the week.
I love mac + cheese, hunting for vintage treasures, discovering new music, and exploring Michigan. I'm currently obsessed with the color mustard. I still can't swim underwater without plugging my nose, but I'm learning to accept my faults and celebrate my strengths.
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