Malia Brown
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Malia Brown
malia@maliabdesign.com

designer, adventurer, philatelist

Malia Brown

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1982

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9:43 p.m. Honolulu, HI

Hello, World! I'm here!

On a dark night in May, I was welcomed to this world by a sliver of a waxing crescent moon. My parents named me Malia; Hawaiian for "calm or gentle waters." Born at night, but very characteristic of my Sun sign, I am a textbook Gemini: creative, intellectual, friendly, talkative, curious, with superb communication skills. A clear thinker with a love of information; able to process many ideas and concepts in my search for the truth.

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Kailua, Oahu

My sister and I grew up on the windward side. I rode my bike to the beach, surfed with my friends and paddled for Lanikai Outrigger Canoe Club. If there's one thing I always say about Hawaii, it's that you can feel the mana of the island. There might be powder-fine, white sandy beaches in other places, but they don't radiate an energy like what you feel in Hawaii. That's why we say: Malama ka 'Aina... Respect the Land.

2000

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Graduation

Bye-bye, La Pietra! Hello, College!

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2001

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Santa Barbara

I was studying at SBCC and working at the infamous Beach House to pay my way through school. The guys at the shop were the big brothers I never had and tormented me as such (I was duct-taped to that lamp post once). My SB college days are filled with fond memories of listening to punk, surfing Leadbetter and sneaking into The Pressroom.

SANTA BARBARA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
related coursework

  • Intro to Graphic Design
  • Intro to Typography
  • Figure Drawing
  • Business Communications
 

2003

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I transferred to SDSU to complete
my degree in
Graphic Design. 

 
  The New Dawn : Inspired by Wes Wilson's Fillmore posters of the 1960's.

The New Dawn: Inspired by Wes Wilson's Fillmore posters of the 1960's.

 
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Give it the old college try.
— (idiomatic) A vigorous, committed attempt or effort, often in the context of a difficult situation. To give it one's best shot.
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2004

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Surfshot Magazine Internship

For eight months I worked with a group of crazy Brazilians who publish a monthly magazine and post a daily surf report of the San Diego breaks. I was responsible for ad design and client relations, photo cataloging, and writing a monthly column (I unearthed charismatic dive bars in an area better known for its swarms of frat boys). At Surfshot, I learned the importance of deadlines, organization and how much fun Brazilians are (damn you, cachaça....)

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San Diego State University 

RELATED COURSEWORK

Graphic Design II & III
Typography II
Packaging Design
Environmental Design
Professional Practices of Graphic Design

FINE ART ELECTIVES

Digital Photographic Imagery
3D Design
Lithography
Drawing and Illustration
Figure Drawing II
Silkscreening
Intro to Furniture Design

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2007

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But, you’ve never even been to Breckenridge! How do you know you’ll like it there?!
— my mom, upon telling her I was moving to Colorado.
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Freelance Work

a.k.a. working in restaurants to pay the bills

 
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2009

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The beginning of a Love Affair...

Utah. I'll always remember my first trip to the Beehive State years ago...just look at that bike! Our trip through Arches, Bryce and Zion left an impression on my heart that is still there today. It's hard for me to put into words the feeling I get when I'm in the desert. It's almost like the mana, of Hawaii. But in the American Southwest, that magic has mellowed and matured. It's tannins are soft and reminiscent of an age that existed long, long before you did. I love the desert and her old soul. I will always be humbled by my feeling of smallness in this expansive, wild place.

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Maybe you should get a job.
— my dad

I promised myself after a two-year hiatus from full-time design I would work in my degree field, so started at ColoradoInfo.com as a graphic designer. My role was to design and project manage printed visitor's guides from start to finish.

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Job Requirements:

+ Coordinate w/ photographers & content writers

+ Contact tourism offices to update event calendars

+ Support ad sales reps and their clients in design/collection of ad materials

+ Overall design & organization of multi-page magazines

+ Communicate with the publisher in Denver

Malia is always eager to take on any design challenge and she delivers great artwork with her thoughtful and creative approach.
— Lauren Forcey, Art Director at ColoradoInfo.com
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2013

 
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SignTech

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Design & Branding

When I started at SignTech, it was a new company not even a year into business. I worked as my own project manager with the guidance of an art director and the business owner. Many logo projects developed into full identity packages including business cards, storefront signage and vehicle graphics.

relevant skills and experience

  • Customer service and client relationship
  • Creation of branding packages
  • Sourcing vendors for branded softgoods and merchandise
  • Design, fabrication & installation of vinyl graphics
  • Printing and laminating die-cut vinyl
 
Malia exhibits great talent and a willingness to develop her skill as a designer. It was a pleasure having her in the office, especially when she brought cookies.
— Bruce Holisky, Art Director at SignTech
 
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2015

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Breckenridge Distillery

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When I started at Breckenridge Distillery, I was working in the retail department leading tours and selling booze. After six weeks, I was promoted to Assistant Retail Manager. My new role had me working with the ROM to build a sales program that would meet our $1.7M goal. We managed two retail stores in Breckenridge with a staff of 20 employees. Working with local artisans, I brought unique Colorado-made products to our product line such as: barware made from whiskey barrels, soap made with three different Breckenridge Distillery spirits and 14K gold necklaces with custom designs. 

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Always willing to take on another project, her dedication to her job and her team elevated the group, and therefore sales.
— Patrick Brown, Retail Operations Manager
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Designing within
the brand

Soon, I started working with Breckenridge Distillery's graphic designer, Jeff Schmidt, based in St. Louis. Jeff had established a strong identity program for the brand that was easy to follow. My role was to design and/or update sell sheets, marketing collateral and in-store POP displays. I also helped hire a photographer to produce product images for the web store. Working with the Distillery was a great experience in designing and creating material that stayed true to the brand.

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Philatelist

noun | fə-ˈla-tə-list | one who collects stamps

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 Chumpon Pinnacle, Koh Tao, Thailand

Chumpon Pinnacle, Koh Tao, Thailand

 Swinging Bridges, Waihe'e, Maui

Swinging Bridges, Waihe'e, Maui

 Giant Buddha, Yangon, Myanmar

Giant Buddha, Yangon, Myanmar

 Malecon, Havana, Cuba

Malecon, Havana, Cuba

 Dead Horse State Park, Utah

Dead Horse State Park, Utah

 Zocalo, Oaxaca City, Mexico

Zocalo, Oaxaca City, Mexico

 Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

  Dia de los Muertos  altar, Oaxaca, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos altar, Oaxaca, Mexico

 Quilotoa Lake, Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Quilotoa Lake, Cotopaxi, Ecuador

 Tobacco farmer, Viñales, Cuba

Tobacco farmer, Viñales, Cuba

 The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

 North Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona

North Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona

 Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 Bell tower, Trinidad, Cuba

Bell tower, Trinidad, Cuba

 Street vendor, Mae Haad, Thailand

Street vendor, Mae Haad, Thailand

 Bus Depot, Mandalay, Myanmar

Bus Depot, Mandalay, Myanmar

 Garcia Palenque, Yegole, Mexico

Garcia Palenque, Yegole, Mexico

 Wind River Range, Pine, Wyoming

Wind River Range, Pine, Wyoming

 Isinlivi, Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Isinlivi, Cotopaxi, Ecuador

 Cavern diving, Tulum, Mexico

Cavern diving, Tulum, Mexico

 

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