Meet the team: Marleen

In the role of our Multimedia Design Specialist at Holland2Stay, Marleen Irani is a versatile master when it comes to design. 


In this interview, we asked Marleen about her job and what she likes most about working at Holland2Stay, as well as the biggest challenges she faced; plus a special bonus question! 

#1 WHAT DOES A NORMAL WORKDAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

We don’t have a typical workday or week, it’s always different. I try my best to make it steady but there’s always something coming up that keeps it challenging. Today, for example, it’s mostly design which means I get to work in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. When I need a change of pace, I write content for the website, create videos, and help my colleagues with social media tasks.

I also plan and produce vlogs, where I have to accompany our vlogger and possibly colleagues and tenants. We’re collaborating with a YouTuber at the moment for our first podcast episode. I also make video advertisements more and more, so yeah! My job varies a lot which is a great opportunity to use my creativity in many different kinds of projects.

Besides designing, I’m constantly thinking of ways to improve upon our website for example. I’ll try to make certain things pop out more or to innovate. What I do is, look through it extensively and keep the wishes and needs of our visitors in mind. After that, I pass on where we have to change the design but also how we can display information in an easier way.

Then we have the graphical side of my work. For example, the look and feel of our branding on our buildings like stickering and our offices. I will have to give advice on how to improve our corporate identity in- and outside of our buildings with furniture and our common areas. The design of advertisement banners is also a part of the job. My biggest creation of twelve meters will soon hang outside of Victoriapark Lighting complex in Eindhoven!

#2 WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

What I enjoy most are the different tasks I get to do. Most of my work is graphic design but today, for example, I received a microphone to speak in the voice of our phone line. Besides diversity in work, the team is often on the same page and that makes things a lot easier.

#3 HOW DO YOU EXPERIENCE THE WORK ENVIRONMENT AT HOLLAND2STAY?

The working atmosphere is great! We have to work at home these days, but the office is very comfy, international and casual yet professional. We’re also informal to one another and everyone gets treated equally.

#4 WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE AT WORK?

A challenging time I think of is when we were going through a big rebranding and redesign of the Holland2Stay website. It was a major operation internally and externally because we also changed our system. I was mostly involved with the layout of the website and logo. I’m extremely satisfied with the coming of the H2S diamond logo!

#5 WHAT IS A MUSIC GENRE YOU LIKE, SOMETHING THAT NO ONE EXPECTS?

I have a broad taste in music. I don’t think people expect that I enjoy a lot of different things. I listen to pop, Latin but also rock and K-pop. I don’t think it’s weird at all.

This article is part of our series #WorkingatH2S. Do you want to read more interviews with our colleagues? Check out our articles in the Blog.

written by ANA

I'm a cheerful and curious person, passionate about photography and everything that comes with it. As a fellow international, I moved to The Netherlands to study and decided to stay here after falling deeply in love with the culture, people and the beautiful Dutch cities and their canals!