My name is Maria. I'm a blue-eyed, coffee-addicted, sweet tooth who creates unique and effective design. I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, but relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2016 in pursuit of warmer winters. I have a passion for good design, typography, and making messes. When I’m not designing I'm either shopping for new paints and paper, hiking through muddy trails with my pup and husband, or teaching calligraphy classes in the Raleigh area.
My favorite part of design is having the unique ability to change someone's life. Everything in life is designed. From the mug you drink your hot brew to the brochure you read when you're put on a new medication—design touches you in every aspect of your life. To have the opportunity to be a part of someone's journey, to know that something I’ve made can help someone or even cheer them up, makes it worth every late night and time-crunched deadline. 
You can see more of my calligraphy and wedding design work over at Blush and Blue Designs!
Where I Studied:
Rochester Institute of Technology
BFA Graphic Design
(Minors in Print Media and Archaeology)


Where I've Worked:
Blush and Blue Designs 
(Owner)

Micromass Communications
(Art Director)

Gelia
(Art Director)

Trellis Marketing 
(Graphic Designer)
What I know
Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
Powerpoint, Word, Excel 
What I Kind of know
After Effects, Animate, Wordpress
HTML5, CSS


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