• Design

  • Web &

  • Branding

  • Photography

Welcome to UMBC's

mobile version of umbc web

Creative Services works in partnership with select clients across campus to clarify needs and develop design strategies that meet their marketing and communication objectives, anchored by the mission of UMBC. Please view our portfolio to see a small sample of what we do.

  • I love working with Creative Services because the staff are always ready and willing to take projects in a unique direction. We share a desire to squash the ordinary with the work we do. It is a pleasure to work through creative solutions with this team.

    Jenny O'Grady, Director of Marketing
  • I really enjoy working with Creative Services. They pay great attention to detail and no matter the project, I always know it will be of exceptional quality. The team is patient, has great ideas, offers good suggestions and are overall just super talented designers.

    Stanyell Odom, Director of Alumni Relations

meet our team

Jim Lord

Jim Lord ’99

Director of Creative Services

During Jim's final semester at UMBC, he worked as the part-time web assistant for UMBC's Creative Services, and he's been with the group in various roles ever since. In his current position as Director, Jim oversees the day-to-day operations of the studio and continues to design materials for the campus community. He recently received his M.F.A. in Integrated Design from the University of Baltimore.

Marlayna Demond

Marlayna Demond ’11


Marlayna originally joined the Creative Services team as an intern her senior year at UMBC. She has since transitioned roles from freelance photographer, part time and now full time staff, and is happy to be able to participate in so many University events and initiatives. In her free time she likes traveling to and exploring different cities (with camera of course), going to concerts, or just catching up with friends at coffee shops.

Emily Macenko

Emily Macenko

Production Coordinator

Emily recently returned to Baltimore after living in the San Francisco Bay Area for four years where she earned her M.A. from California College of the Arts and worked as a development coordinator at the Oakland Museum of California. Prior to Oakland, Emily planned alumni programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She also has her B.A. in Art History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and enjoys custom framing, art, and the Orioles.


Layla Thompson

Digital Design Specialist

Layla has an A.A.S. in Interior Design from CCBC and a B.S. in Visual Communication Design from Stevenson University. As a Baltimore native, Layla is studying for her M.F.A in Integrated Design at the University of Baltimore. She has a strong interest in typography, and enjoys both print and web design. Her creative inspirations stem from her desire to try new ideas, her love for animals, and a wide variety of music.


Dusten Wolff '13

Digital Design Specialist

During his final semester at UMBC, Dusten worked with the Student Events Board as a Design and Marketing Director. After graduating, he joined the front office staff of the Baltimore Orioles as the Assistant Graphic Designer for the majority of two seasons. He is always on the lookout for design ephemera of the past to add to his collection, or to inspire new ideas.


Jill Blum

Sr. Digital Design Specialist

Jill has recently joined the Creative services team after 15 years in a Senior Designer role at Stanley Black & Decker. A graduate of the University of Baltimore with a B.S. in Corporate Communications and an M.A. in Integrated Design, Jill is a lifelong learner who pulls inspiration from pop culture, music, and her beloved hometown, Baltimore.


by the numbers


Years Experience

Awards (since '09)



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Marlayna 1

Campus Life

Marlayna 2

UMBC Magazine - Features

Marlayna 3

Arts and Humanities


Some of the brands we've created for campus

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We look forward to hearing from you