DREXEL UNIVERSITY, WESTPHAL COLLEGE
Marianne Issa El-Khoury is a senior and will graduate with a BS in graphic design and a minor in art history. Originally from Paris and of Lebanese descent, Marianne moved often during her formative years. This has influenced her design style, and is a source for ideas and inspiration. She hopes to break down barriers through strong design and thanks to her multicultural background. A strong proponent of conceptually driven design, Marianne believes in the importance of research, and her knowledge of art history. She worked as an interactive designer at BOCO Digital Media, LLC., for her six-month co-op, where she developed designs for websites, apps, and signage systems. When she is not in front of a computer monitor, you will find Marianne searching for the best wings in Philadelphia, or cycling through the city.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Paris (France), but lived in London, Dubai and now Philadelphia
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
A night owl holding a cup of coffee
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Alexander Hamilton (minus his math capabilities)
ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
My parents blessed me with the gift of tone deafness
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Friends, Rugrats, Animaniacs
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
To Selena, With Love by Chris Pérez
A black cat
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
French, English, and a hint of Arabic and Spanish
Love Actually, 3:10 To Yuma
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Frida Kahlo, Joan Miró
Plastic Pollution Coalition
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Cycling through the city
LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
“You don’t look like you pulled an all-nighter”
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
Well-designed business cards and typefaces
COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Red… so much red.
TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
Whatever is best for the project.
GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Strength is being meticulous/detail oriented. Weakness is never knowing when to stop working on a project
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A diplomat or museum curator
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Rome wasn’t built in a day