Here at Glacier Media, our internal agency ecosystem is made up of 150+ folks.

Another week, another Team GMD Q&A. It’s kind of like Vogue’s 73 Questions. Instead, it’s in blog form and there are less than 10 questions – because you’re busy and we respect your time.

This week on Team GMD, we are featuring Mamio Marais, our Senior Graphic Designer. Mamio is the butter on our team. She is smooth in communication and acts as a binding agent between teams and the sales reps. Interestingly, she loves French cuisine; maybe there’s a correlation there. Mamio’s job as a Senior Graphic Designer is to art direct and oversee production workflow, ensuring that the graphic design team have all the ingredients it takes to execute projects. “I guide the team by helping them unlock their design roadblocks and empower them to think creatively.”


Expertise: Graphic design & smiling

Hidden talent: Have been known to out-drink many Irishmen

Personal kryptonite: Potato chips (the cheaper the better)

Two truths one lie:

  1. I’ve been to every continent except South America.
  2. I love chocolate.
  3. I would snowboard every day if I could.

Morning rituals: Yoga and two coffees (in that order).

What keeps you motivated: The next plane ticket.

Office habit: I water my office plants every Monday morning and I like to tidy up my desk every Friday evening.

Causes you are passionate about: Anything humanitarian & Environmental. I.e. Equality, Feminism & taking care of elderly people.

What/who inspires you and why: Marty Neumeier, a marketing guru, who writes about branding & design. Why? Because he simplifies things. He filters all the marketing fluff and delivers in a comprehensive way.

“If you can’t explain anything simple enough, then you truly don’t understand it” – Albert Einstein

What is one of your greatest achievements: The Dr.a.g. books because it started off as a fun project with a friend but got picked up by a publisher in Europe that distributed the book worldwide. The thrilling moment was when I saw the Dr.a.g. books in the bookshop window fronts in Australia & New Zealand.

Whose work has inspired you the most (any creative figure): Marty Neumeier

5 things businesses should think about for digital marketing

  1. Know your target audience
  2. Know what differentiates your business above the rest
  3. Build your business tone & personality
  4. Know where you want to be in 5 years
  5. ROI

Best piece of advice on design you’ve ever gotten: Keep it simple.

Would you rather live in a world with bad design or a world with no design:

A world with bad design. Because what we determine good and bad is subjective.

Favourite project you’ve worked on (feel free to plug your own portfolio): Coffee table books that do not turn into coffee tables.

Favourite city you’ve been to & why: Paris, because they have the best food & wine

One thing school taught you and one thing it didn’t:

  • Taught: There’s no fire without oxygen
  • Not taught: How to file income tax

Favourite quote: “Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein

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