Creative Services

Graphic Recording

Graphic recording-- the live translation of conversations or a presentation into images--  provides a visual guide to help people understand concepts, visualize a process, and remember important milestones. This tool can be used in stakeholder meetings, conferences, workshops, presentations, and classrooms. I find it a really inspiring and effective way of sharing ideas across disciplines or beliefs.

Graphic Design

Graphic design can mean so many things... I use it here to say: I love making things that look nice and communicate effectively. Want a logo? Need a t-shirt design? Need marketing materials? I'll make sure to work with you to design something that represents your organization, brand, and passion, and looks NICE.

Illustrated Concepts and Processes

I love using illustration to describe and simplify complex processes. I work to create final illustrations that are digestible by a wide range of audiences while communicating a lot of detail. Need an illustration for a publication? Need an illustration for a presentation? Let's make it happen. 

Educational Tools

I'm passionate about creating unique ways to share information and ideas. I'm interested in the way we absorb information and love collaborating with people that see and understand the world differently than me. Do you have a curriculum that could use some visual guides? Do you have a workshop you want to develop materials for? Let's do it. 



Hi! I'm Maisie. 

(And I've always been called Maisie, even though my full name is Mariah Ellis Richards -- hence, M.E.R. Design...)


I am a huge fan of laughing. Also love a good tender-hearted cry. Absolutely obsessed with chickens (^^^).


I love co-creating with people. I love hearing stories and learning about aspects of life I've never thought about. I like feeling humbled by new ideas (most days). 


I love rocks and rivers and the things that depend on them. I have an MS in Fluvial Geomorphology and I majored in Geology and Studio Art in Undergrad. I love helping people communicate scientific understandings and processes in accessible ways. I have a background in education and continue to be inspired by the people who are sparking curiosity in minds of all ages. 

Though I've been lucky enough to attend school for 18 years of my life, the most valuable part of my education is attributed to listening to, engaging with, and learning from folks of all backgrounds.

I strive (and struggle) to be a true accomplice. I am learning that collective liberation and climate justice can only be achieved through Indigenous-led rematriation, Black liberation and reparation, disability justice, abolition of a punishment-based system, accountability, the centering of holistic health, a recognition of our interconnectedness...etc.  I am practicing embodying this understanding through my actions, work and relationships. But it's hard and I F- up, feel shame, learn, and readjust quite a bit along the way. 


I work hard to engage thoughtfully and compassionately in difficult conversations. I am increasingly aware of the biases and ignorance I carry within me and am actively working to dismantle them. I am passionate about using visual communication to ease our aversion towards addressing the harm caused by white-bodied supremacy and extractive capitalism. 

When I design, my curiosity and appreciation for the immensity of this world and our place in it are my inspiration. 


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Sometimes I share stuff on IG ( )


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