Marie Jones's work in design began after graduating from Goucher College, a design studio internship, and a graduate course in integrative studies and the interrelationships between natural and human-built systems. She subsequently worked in design studios and corporate communication before starting Ideahouse in 1996.

Her clients have included businesses and nonprofit organizations. Beginning with identity and promotional print work, she has moved increasingly toward projects with environmental-, community- and cultural-awareness missions.

Words and images hold equal importance in her approach to design. She sees her communication design role as a flexible one, adding listening skills and creative problem-solving abilities to any team that she joins.