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  • Maria Mano

Designing my life with letters

Hey, guys!

My name is Maria, I’m 27 years old, and I’m a digital designer working at Deloitte. I’m also a freelancer, mainly in calligraphy and lettering, and I love to run workshops! Today I am going to tell you about my design & calligraphy journey and how I managed to get here.

So, after my very diversified multimedia degree at ESCS, the area I was most interested in – based on the classes I took – was Communication Design. More specifically, I loved typography and the study of letters. I felt I needed some specialization before looking for a job, and decided to get a master degree. This time, at FAUL. Here, I continued to pursue my love for letterforms in every project I was making. One day, one of my teachers of graphic design, who is also a calligrapher, opened a calligraphy course of a full semester for the students who wanted to learn more about the subject. I immediately enrolled. Here, I learned the rules of calligraphy and to write with the old styles: styles I don’t practice so much now, but they were crucial to evolve correctly with my personal style.

Since then, 2015, I actively began to practice and pursue calligraphy and lettering as a career, and one of my goals is to be a better designer with these amazing, fun and relaxing tools.

In my full-time job as a digital designer, I usually design apps and websites for different brands and companies, but I also work with illustration and branding. Letterforms are always one of my concerns in every project I take, and I love to have the opportunity to combine my interests and make a career out of it!

When I talk about this with my family, friends or colleagues, or if someone sees my work, I often get asked to teach calligraphy, so... in 2018 I began to run workshops, in partnership with local stores or organizations. I absolutely love to teach and share my experience with other enthusiasts, and I think these experiences make my work better.

Even if I’m teaching and making art with it, calligraphy is an on-going process and I’m always a student, a learner. I think I have a lot to grow to become better and better in this area, and that’s the challenge for me.

In the past few months I’ve been working on my own website, but for now you can see some of my works here. If you want to buy some art and resources created by me, my stores are available at Fy, Society6 and Creative Market.

If you want to participate in a workshop or simply get in touch, drop me a message at Don't forget to follow me on Instagram!

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