My name is Danelle Marqui Brown. Some call me "Day" or "Dae." I am an interdisciplinary professional. Some labels that I go by are: creative director, designer, historian, advocate, researcher, mentor, and biz consultant. Like all of us, I do not fit into one box.
I am the founder and chief polymath of By Mnemosyne—an interdisciplinary practice that bridges the arts and sciences to transform and enhance creativity, society, and industry (est. 2013). I founded it in order to dive deeper into my graduate studies at Harvard (2012-2016) and to create an opportunity to infuse lessons learned from history, design thinking, and creativity into the work of my clients and partners. Clients and projects include(d) May Lindstrom Skin, Phuong Dang Perfumes, Wonderful World: Friends of Music Therapy, and Chicken & Egg Pictures.
I have over a decade of experience working for various agencies, studios, and organizations in design, experience, research, and strategy roles. Companies include(d) Jack Morton Worldwide, Douglas Elliman, Edelman, J.Crew, MTV Networks, and some accounts assigned were Lego, Dell, Volkswagen, Anheuser Busch, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, Tribeca Film Festival, Scholastic, Emblem Health, and various Pharma companies. Additionally, since 2005, I have been involved with various social impact organizations, advocating for rights, equality, and justice.
Additionally, I am a former certified birth doula through DONA International, and a current member of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. I have served as an ambassador for the New York Academy of Sciences, a mentor for the Global STEM Alliance, and a committee member for The Music & Health Clinic Steering Committee for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. Most recently, I served as a Community Teaching Assistant for The Harvard's edX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) series, World Religions Through Their Scriptures (2016 & 2018).
I hold a master of liberal arts degree, with a concentration in the history of science, technology and medicine, from the Harvard Extension School (HES); a professional certificate in Religious Studies and Education through a partnership with the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) and HES; and a bachelor of fine arts degree, with a concentration in interior design and sustainability, from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Some people do not quite get how I was an interior design student as an undergrad, got into branding, then became a birth doula, and down the road became a Harvard grad/historian of science, technology, and medicine, amongst several other things. This timeline could help.