Mara Dawn is a freelance design studio led by Mara Dawn Dockery. I specialize in graphic design, with a focus on branding. I believe that brands can bring about positive change. And, I’m passionate about designing for them.
I’m a freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer, based in the Midwest. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism, I worked in ad agencies for a number of years. Working for large national/global brands left me feeling burned out. I longed for more of a personal connection with the brands—and people—I work with. An urge for both greater creative fulfillment and a more considered pace of work/life compelled me to go my own way into the freelance life.
Why the name, Mara Dawn? Well, it is my name. Before you call that lazy branding, consider this. People have always commented on and complimented my more unusual name. And, branding should stand out. Mara means sea (and a few other things). What’s better than natural beauty of water? And, of course, dawn is the mark of a new day. It seems fitting for a design and branding studio to be named after a beautiful new beginning.
Shailey and Katie podcast interview on branding and working with kids
Packlane Oui Fresh box packaging
Photos around my home on Karen Kristian's blog
417 Magazine Home Design Eye feature
100 Layer Cakelet party feature
A Beautiful Mess, Oui Fresh, A Color Story, A Design Kit, The Bloomi, Beth Solano Photography, Book Famous, Smile and Wave
"We've asked a lot of Mara over the past year working together. She has designed wireframes, icons, and other assets for our mobile apps. She's put together beautiful newsletters, printables, and other visual tools for our website readers to enjoy. And recently she really saved us when she put together multiple looks for our cookbook cover—something we were really wrestling with alongside our publisher. She's easy to work with and her designs are amazing. But I hesitate to recommend her too strongly simply because we'd like to keep her all to ourselves if possible."
-Emma Chapman, co-owner of A Beautiful Mess & A Color Story
"Mara blew us out of the water with her brilliantly designed logo for our brand. She shared with us several options to choose from during the concepting stage which made it obvious that she had taken a great deal of care to craft not only a logo but a visual identity for our brand. We ended up with a beautiful logo that quickly communicates our values, theme, and aesthetic to our audience, which has been so invaluable. We get compliments on the logo all the time! We are so thankful for her hard work, dedication to our mission, and talent to be able to bring that mission to life in a visual way."
-Michelle Houghton, co-founder of The Bravery Board
Photo credits: Katie Day
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