Mary Elise Chavez, Executive Creative Director

As our creative leader, Mary leads Emotif's efforts in multi-disciplinary design. Mary's roots are in digital-first design, having led digital branding and product design efforts for dozens of online and mobile-first businesses over the course of her career.

As part of her role as Emotif's creative leader, Mary has expanded her repertoire into holistic brand design including environmental design for retail and corporate markets and customer relationship management program and technology design.

Mary is equally comfortable working with startups at the Series A / Series B stage as she is working with enterprise clients, having successfully executed projects for companies that include Sony Music, Harper Collins and Food Network.

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 “Mary is one of the most talented creative forces I have worked with in my years building technology driven ventures. It is a rare find to bring together world-class design skills with a firm understanding of new technologies in a person who can also jump in and “get it done” to hit deadlines. I have great appreciation for the work we’ve done together building groundbreaking products that put usability and great design in focus. In short, Mary is truly one of a kind!”  Raj Amin,   Founder ,   Teem Ventures

“Mary is one of the most talented creative forces I have worked with in my years building technology driven ventures. It is a rare find to bring together world-class design skills with a firm understanding of new technologies in a person who can also jump in and “get it done” to hit deadlines. I have great appreciation for the work we’ve done together building groundbreaking products that put usability and great design in focus. In short, Mary is truly one of a kind!”
Raj Amin, Founder, Teem Ventures

D.C’s ARTECHOUSE | At the crossroads of art, science and technology.

Immersive Art-Forward {discreetly branded} Experiences
R29 Rooms | Dream Machine | Museum of Ice Cream

 I'm loving Monochrome and the visual impact it can have in its simplicity. This image captured at  CJ Hendry’s Brooklyn pop-up  featuring a variety of Pantone-hued rooms.

I'm loving Monochrome and the visual impact it can have in its simplicity. This image captured at CJ Hendry’s Brooklyn pop-up featuring a variety of Pantone-hued rooms.

   The 'Design Matters' Podcast by Debbie Millman   :  Features interviews with designers, artists and cultural leaders, including Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Kruger, Malcolm Gladwell, Eric Kandel, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Michael Arad, Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Paula Scher, Steven Heller, Jonah Lehrer, among others.

The 'Design Matters' Podcast by Debbie Millman: Features interviews with designers, artists and cultural leaders, including Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Kruger, Malcolm Gladwell, Eric Kandel, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Michael Arad, Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Paula Scher, Steven Heller, Jonah Lehrer, among others.

  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  by Elizabeth Gilbert “if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something”

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
“if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something”

  Neon Light Art  (especially when it pays homage to Ziggy Stardust)

Neon Light Art (especially when it pays homage to Ziggy Stardust)

  #MiniByMary:   Explore the teeny, tiny, microworlds of my imagination , if I was only one inch tall.

#MiniByMary: Explore the teeny, tiny, microworlds of my imagination, if I was only one inch tall.

 “I worked with Mary for several years and she is one of the most versatile and talented designers I’ve ever worked with. Her UI designs are always a work of art - functional yet full of brilliant new ideas (always!). Exceptional leader, confident product manager, expert at UX, really hard worker, great friend and team player - highly recommend Mary for where making a miracle daily is expected.”  Alex Apollonsky,   CTO , Mana Health

“I worked with Mary for several years and she is one of the most versatile and talented designers I’ve ever worked with. Her UI designs are always a work of art - functional yet full of brilliant new ideas (always!). Exceptional leader, confident product manager, expert at UX, really hard worker, great friend and team player - highly recommend Mary for where making a miracle daily is expected.”
Alex Apollonsky, CTO, Mana Health

  Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World  by Adam Grant “Being original doesn’t require being first. It just means being different and better.”

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
“Being original doesn’t require being first. It just means being different and better.”

  Resurgence of Food Halls  | I'm loving the creativity and food&bev innovation happening in fast casual dining in New York right now. We're spoiled with a diverse array of street-food inspired eats like Union Fare, Dekalb Market Hall, Gotham Market, Canal Street Market and Urbanspace

Resurgence of Food Halls | I'm loving the creativity and food&bev innovation happening in fast casual dining in New York right now. We're spoiled with a diverse array of street-food inspired eats like Union Fare, Dekalb Market Hall, Gotham Market, Canal Street Market and Urbanspace

  The Songwriter Fonts Project  by French graphic designers Julien Sens and Nicolas Damiens

The Songwriter Fonts Project by French graphic designers Julien Sens and Nicolas Damiens

   David Bowie Is @ Brooklyn Museum   :  A brilliant exhibit on the life of my deeply beloved creative inspiration, David Bowie - On View until July 15, 2018

David Bowie Is @ Brooklyn Museum: A brilliant exhibit on the life of my deeply beloved creative inspiration, David Bowie - On View until July 15, 2018

  A reinvention of hospitality rooted in think globally + design locally  | Key examples of this contemporary approach to luxury are the  1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge  launched by Barry Sternlicht (of W Hotel fame), with artfully sustainable interiors by INC Architecture, and Ian Schrager's  Public Hotel , which coins itself as "luxury for all"

A reinvention of hospitality rooted in think globally + design locally | Key examples of this contemporary approach to luxury are the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge launched by Barry Sternlicht (of W Hotel fame), with artfully sustainable interiors by INC Architecture, and Ian Schrager's Public Hotel, which coins itself as "luxury for all"

  Currently Reading : Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you."

Currently Reading: Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest
“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you."

   Cooper Hewitt Design Museum   :  My favorite design museum in NYC is currently showing 'The Senses: Design Beyond Vision', which explores scent, touch, sound and sight. On View through October 28, 2018.

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum: My favorite design museum in NYC is currently showing 'The Senses: Design Beyond Vision', which explores scent, touch, sound and sight. On View through October 28, 2018.

   Glossier   :  An innovator in the beauty and skin care space; offers well-performing, sharply-packaged products and acts as a keen example of building a brand today that resonates and connects

Glossier: An innovator in the beauty and skin care space; offers well-performing, sharply-packaged products and acts as a keen example of building a brand today that resonates and connects

  Street Art  | The streets of Brooklyn are vibrant and ever-changing, I love capturing the latest murals with Rocksy

Street Art | The streets of Brooklyn are vibrant and ever-changing, I love capturing the latest murals with Rocksy