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About Maria Montes

With twenty years professional experience, Maria Montes specialises in identity design for the luxury market 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, logotypes, lettering, illustration, patterning, packaging design, collateral, and digital assets.

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

My Background

  • I am a Naarm/Melbourne based multilingual, multicultural designer, artist and educator in love with letterforms. Originally from Catalonia, I moved to Australia in 2006 where I currently reside.
  • I am privilege woman who lives in a very fortunate island where more than the 28% of us were born overseas in over 200 countries; where a quarter of the population speak 260 languages other than English at home; and where over 50% of Australians follow more than 130 different faiths. In this context, I feel the responsibility of spreading this message across by celebrating cultural diversity, supporting women in the industry, highlighting the importance of gender equality and inclusion, and by making sure we all understand that bringing more voices, colours and under-represented groups up on the stage, can only open up our view of the world and make us better.

  • My practice is set by the principals of never stop learning, share my knowledge and create emotion through my work. Above all, I have a story to tell.

Do and Dont’s

  • I specialise in brand identity, graphic design with a strong typographic approach, commercial lettering and illustration.
  • I craft identity systems and emotionally charged visual language involving display type, logotypes, monograms, logomarks, patterning, packaging, and digital assets.
  • I teach in-person and online calligraphy and lettering courses . I run corporate workshops, as well as private one-to-one classes.
  • I offer public speaking engagements at design conferences, in-house agencies and universities.
  • I write a bi-monthly email newsletter announcing my courses, community events, type related matter and other topics which often include creative mental health and fostering women in the industry.
  • I don’t do wedding calligraphy or wedding stationery.

“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)


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


  • 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


  • 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
  • 2014 – 2018. Fraktur, Italic, Brush Roman Capitals and Copperplate calligraphy with Amanda and 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