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About Maria Montes


With almost twenty years professional experience, I specialise in identity design developing the means for brands to connect deeper with their audience.

I also have 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.

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


My Background

  • I am a Melbourne based multilingual, multicultural type nerd. Originally from Catalonia, I moved to Australia in 2006 where I currently reside.
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  • My practice is set by the principals of constant learning, sharing and educating about the creative process. Above all, I have a story to tell.
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Do and Dont’s

  • I specialise in brand identity, graphic design with a strong typographic approach, calligraphy, lettering and illustration.
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  • I craft identity systems and emotionally charged visual language involving display type, logotypes, lettering, illustration, patterning, packaging design, collateral, and digital assets, among other crafts.
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  • I teach calligraphy and lettering at my studio in Melbourne. I run corporate workshops and private 1:1 classes.
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  • I offer public speaking engagements at design conferences, in-house agencies and universities.
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  • I write a bi-monthly email newsletter announcing my workshops, 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.


“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

  • Bloomsbury Publishing, Inaria Luxury Brand Design, Art Centre Tinglado 2, Art Centre La Panera, Hardie Grant Publishing, Shillington College, McCANN Melbourne, University of Melbourne, 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. 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

  • 2016. TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Melbourne
  • 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