Design should be a great, unexpected and considered expereince.
Award-Winning MFA Thesis Catalog for Boston University CFA

Creative Direction
Yael Ort-Dinoor & Nicolas Rock

Art Direction & Design
Melissa Marshall 

The Boston University 2015 MFA Thesis Catalogue design includes work and statements for graphic design, painting and sculpture MFA candidates. The catalog is organized alphabetically by last name to showcase the students together as a whole, and also to feature the diverse spectrum of talent that the students embodied. This piece won a Graphic Design USA In-House Design Award and was featured in the award issue and online.

Above: You can see that the concept of the spectrum is active and is carried throughout the physical design of the catalogue. Each page spread features a different graduating designer or artist, and a different color of the spectrum. The spectrum is present in full along the foredge of the book.


Studio Skiffle, shorthandedly referenced here as §, is the playful and improvisational award-winning design and art practice of M. Marshall. Marshall has passion for color, smells, culture, the real, the surreal, the known and the unknown. The work of § reflects the curious and processual methods embraced while exploring and improvising with both digital and analogue technologies.   
What’s a Skiffle?

The name of § was influenced by the music genre, Skiffle. Familiar to few, Skiffle music is often played using improvised spirit and music instruments alike. When happening upon the word and musical world of Skiffle, Marshall felt a great kinship between the essence of Skiffle and her own design processes which often involve improvising, playing and exploring different mediums and techniques.