Design should be a great, unexpected and considered expereince.
Celebrating the Firmenich Professorship at MIT

Creative Direction
Elizabeth Connolly

Joelle Carson

Art Direction & Design
Melissa Marshall
Bryce Vickmark

Celebrating its history, a book was designed as a gift for the 40th Anniversary of the Firmenich Professorship at MIT.

In addition to creating the original botanical sketches for this project, I also worked with the photographer to schedule a photoshoot where I provided art direction for the photo sessions of Professor Raines and the Firmenich laboratory.


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.