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About Maria Montes


With twenty years professional experience, Maria Montes specialises in premium branding assets developing the means for brands to connect deeper with their audience.

Montes has extensive experience working in partnership with leading brand design agencies around the world, helping them craft and develop their identity systems with emotionally charged visual elements including, display type, logo design, monograms, logomarks, lettering, illustration, patterning, packaging and digital assets.

Maria’s passion is helping clients and designers bring their ideas to life through truly unique and beautifully-crafted design elements.


Background

  • Barcelona-born, Naarm-based multilingual, multicultural lettering designer and illustrator specialised in branding assets and calligraphy education. Originally from Catalonia, Maria moved to Australia in 2006 where she currently resides.
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  • Montes’ creative practice is set by the principals of never stop learning, sharing knowledge and create emotion through her work.
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Do’s and Don’ts

  • Branding and digital assets including display type, logo design, monograms, logomarks, lettering, illustration, patterning and packaging design.
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  • In-person and online calligraphy and lettering courses . Corporate workshops, as well as private one-to-one tuitions.
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  • Public speaking engagements at design conferences, in-house agencies and universities.
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  • Author and editor of a bi-monthly email newsletter announcing calligraphy courses, community events, type related matter and other topics which often include creative mental health and fostering women in the industry.
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  • I don’t do wedding calligraphy or wedding stationery.
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Maria is a rare breed. A designer, illustrator, typographer and creative force, Maria is a design partner in the truest sense. Her work is consistently exquisite and is guaranteed to elevate your brand, idea and spirit. I cannot recommend her highly enough.  

Andrew Thomas 
Co Founder and creative director, Inaria (London, UK)


Values


Selected Clients

  • Sony Music Entertainment, Nike, Bloomsbury Publishing, Inaria Luxury Brand Design, Como House and Gardens, Labassa Mansion, Art Centre Tinglado 2, Art Centre La Panera, Hardie Grant Publishing, Shillington College, McCANN Agency, University of Melbourne, Murray Art Museum Albury, Hodder & Stoughton Publishing, National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Esprit, Megan Park, Country Road, Hew, Australian Red Cross, Queensland Health, Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti and Uterqüe among others.

Featured Talks

  • 2017. Drunk on Lettering Podcast, USA

Exhibitions

  • 2020. Across Borders Group Exhibition. Design Museum Barcelona
  • 2020. Letterform Group Exhibition. Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne
  • 2020. Front Lines: Takayna to Adani. Long Gallery Hobart, Tasmania
  • 2019. Planet Before Profit Group Exhibition. Work-shop Melbourne
  • 2019. Typo EINA 15 Anys Group Exhibition. Eina Espai Barra de Ferro, Barcelona
  • 2019. What a Shitshow Solo Exhibition. Centre d’Art Tinglado 2, Tarragona, Spain
  • 2019. La Tipografía en la Cultura Contemporánea Group Exhibition, Mexico
  • 2018. What a Shitshow Solo Exhibition. Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleida, Spain
  • 2017. High Risk Dressing/Critical Fashion Group Exhibition. RMIT Design Hub
  • 2016. Yelp After Work Drink Party Group Exhibition. Work-shop Melbourne
  • 2015. Breaking The Ice Solo Exhibition. Nieuw Amsterdam, Melbourne
  • 2015. People Can Change Group Exhibition. Melbourne Arts Club Gallery
  • 2015. Pick Me Up London Group Exhibition represented by Supergraph Australia
  • 2015. Supergraph Group Exhibition. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
  • 2014. Tone of Voice Group Exhibition. CATC College, Melbourne
  • 2013. Homage to Josep Maria Pujol Group Exhibition, Barcelona

Corporate and In-house Workshops


Press Publications


Education

  • 2021. Italic Variations with John Stevens
  • 2020. Copperplate Flourishes with Nina Tran and Suzanne Cunningham
  • 2020. A Journey into Blackletter with Luca Barcellona
  • 2016. TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Melbourne
  • 2018. Copperplate and Celtic calligraphy with Amanda Adams
  • 2014 – 2017. Fraktur, Italic and Brush Roman Capitals with Keith Adams
  • 2012. Typeface Design Condensed Program at Type@Cooper, New York City
  • 2011. Postgraduate Course of Advanced Typography. Eina, Barcelona
  • 2003 – 2004. MA in User Interface Design (UI). Elisava, Barcelona School of Design
  • 1996 – 2000. BA (Hons) Graphic Design. Eina, School of Art & Design, Barcelona