Branding

The Importance of Discovery During Design

When I work with a client for a brand identity design, my favorite part of the process is the discovery phase. I love the definition and synonyms for discover: find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search; root out, dig up, uncover. That word “unexpectedly” is so beautiful. And I think Read More…

Creativity

Take a Break to Make Creative Connections

Ever since I’ve been back from maternity life has been full. Full of new routines taking the baby to daycare; full of taking Nina to the park so she can play with other kiddos and practice her standing; full of working on some cool clients on great projects with potent missions; and trying to squeeze Read More…

Design Business

Creative Freelancing in the Wake of the New Election

Donald Trump will be our next president. This is the reality, and it’s a reality a lot of us are afraid of. To most of us, Trump’s victory is a wake up call, a sobering end to an extremely polarized political campaign. I’d be wrong if I didn’t admit to feeling defeated. But with all Read More…

Germinate News

The Awesome Benefits of Coworking Spaces

Hey y’all! Exciting news to share: I was recently interviewed in the Sept/Oct Communication Arts magazine on my coworking experience. Author Rebecca Havel and I spoke about my transition from working at home to working in an office. She interviews myself, along with others who work in coworking spaces in San Francisco and New York Read More…

Client Kudos

In the past I’ve often experienced delays from well-meaning, yet
over-promising designers. Maria produced quality artwork AND was ahead
of schedule—not a minor combination in this world. I wouldn’t hesitate to
work with her again and I hope to have that chance soon.

Chris G., Author and Speaker