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Maria Montes is a graphic/textile print designer and a calligraphic aficionada.

Originally from Spain, she moved to Australia in 2006, where she secured a company who sponsored her as a lead graphic designer for 3 years.

In 2011 Maria studied a Postgraduate Course in Advanced Typography in Barcelona, and in 20… Read More
Maria Montes is a graphic/textile print designer and a calligraphic aficionada.

Originally from Spain, she moved to Australia in 2006, where she secured a company who sponsored her as a lead graphic designer for 3 years.

In 2011 Maria studied a Postgraduate Course in Advanced Typography in Barcelona, and in 2012 a Type Design Condensed Program at Cooper Union in New York.

In 2011 Maria co-founded a textile and print design studio called “MarchTwentyTwo” in collaboration with fashion designer Laura Piera. The studio is focused on textile prints, designing and manufacturing textiles for clients around the world.

Nowadays, Maria splits her time between Melbourne and Barcelona working on textile prints, graphic design, lettering projects and calligraphic personal development.

Maria is always on the look-out for new projects as a freelance graphic and textile print designer. Read Less
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I am originally from Barcelona where I studied a Bachelor of Arts at Eina, graduating in 2000. That year I was offered a position as a graphic designer working with my teacher and renowned designer Josep Bagà. During my time working with Josep, I gained a lot of valuable experience in graphic design, page layout and… Read More
I am originally from Barcelona where I studied a Bachelor of Arts at Eina, graduating in 2000. That year I was offered a position as a graphic designer working with my teacher and renowned designer Josep Bagà. During my time working with Josep, I gained a lot of valuable experience in graphic design, page layout and typography.

I spent three years at Josep Baga i Associats, working mainly on editorial design and various marketing pieces (flyers, postcards, posters, pamphlets) for clients in the cultural and entertainment sector. Clients included Icaria Editorial, Espai Brossa Theatre, Macba (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona) and CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona).

We also regularly designed monthly programs for music venues such as Moog, La Boîte, Jamboree, Jazzroom and Tarantos, and designed the yearly program and all signage throughout the building –from small flyers to giant posters on the exterior of the building– for the Liceu Barcelona Opera House.

Around 2001, the Internet became widespread in Spain. I initially had no knowledge on web design so I decided to finish my work with Josep and study a one-year intensive Masters Degree in Interactive Interface Design at Elisava. The course focused on such things as processing, lingo, action script, information architecture, movement and sound sensors and pixel art.

The theme of my Masters degree was “Metropolis”, and my final project was the creation of software that detects free parking spots in the city, in real time through a mobile phone or panel in the car. This may be something that sounds quite familiar to us nowadays - but back in 2004, long before any iPhone appeared in our lives, I can say that my final project was somewhat like a vision of what is nowadays the operating system of shared cycling in Barcelona - and many other countries - through smart phone devices.

After I finished my Master’s Degree I started a new job as a full time graphic designer. I worked for clients mainly in the sports sector, such as Nike, Vallnord and Intersport. During my time at Pixel I worked with two German designers, an Italian designer, a French designer and my art director was from Argentina. All of them spoke their native languages plus Spanish, Catalan and English. In short, this type of environment made me consider the option of traveling to another country, improving my English and also my portfolio.

In September 2006 I landed in Brisbane, and 3 months later I secured a company to sponsor me - as their lead graphic designer. Some of our clients during that time included governmental institutions, such as Queensland Health and Queensland Police. We also worked for non-profit organizations, including the Australian Red Cross. Overall, this job gave me the opportunity of taking projects from beginning to end and assuming all decisions surrounding design, paper quality, production budgets and delivery datelines.

In 2010, as my Sponsorship Business Visa was nearing its end, I decided to go back to study. I felt that after 10 years in the graphic arts, it was a good moment for me to go back to the foundations. I consider typography the main tool for a graphic designer and I felt that I needed to upgrade my knowledge.

During my university years at Eina, we were taught the importance of calligraphy in the history of modern typography. I spent my first year learning calligraphy with Keith Adams, a great calligrapher, teacher and mentor. The experience there was amazing, and since that time I have tried to keep writing as a form of personal development.

Knowing that Eina also offered a Postgraduate Course of Advanced Typography, and discovering the name of Keith Adams and calligraphy in the program, I decided to enroll for postgraduate study for 2011. During the course I found out about an international type design competition called Miłosz 2011, and I decided to use the real briefing of the competition to develop my typeface design. Miłosz Italic was my first attempt at type design. The typeface is a work-in-progress project. I would like to mention and express my gratitude to my teachers and fantastic type designers for guiding me through the process of creating Miłosz Italic: Laura Meseguer, José Manuel Urós and Iñigo Jerez.

After the Postgraduate Course finished in July 2011, I moved to Melbourne, where I currently reside. I sent my ongoing typographic project to a few studios in Melbourne that caught my attention due to their typographic and editorial approach. Aaron Moodie –former co-founder of People Collective– kindly invited me to join an informal reunion of type aficionados. I went to the meeting and I met a group of fantastic graphic artists, all of them with a common passion for typography, calligraphy and lettering. There, I learned for the first time about Type@Cooper. Troy Leinster was part of the first edition of the Cooper Condensed Program and he explained to me amazing stories about his experience. Troy gave me the courage to enroll into the course.

2011 was a fantastic year in my career, and I finished it by starting a completely new project. A fashion designer and friend, Laura Piera –who I met in Brisbane in 2006– offered me to collaborate with her on a project on textile prints. We started working together in mid-October 2011. Our work during that first month gave us very positive results so we decided to start a collaborative partnership called “MarchTwentyTwo”.

While I was working with Laura on our textile prints, I decided to send my application to Type@Cooper. In March 2012 I found out that I had been accepted into the course. Laura and I were really busy at that time undertaking many projects and getting on board new clients but I did not want to miss the opportunity of studying type design again so I took 6 weeks off work and moved to New York.

Type@Coopper was a fantastic experience. It was a great learning curve professionally and personally. Being admitted at Cooper Union gave me the motivation to go back to my broad nib and expansion pens and start writing calligraphy as a daily exercise before our daily commissioned work.

At Type@Cooper I had the opportunity of developing my second typeface design called “March 22”. I thought it would be a good idea to create a corporate typeface for our textile print projects. The typeface is another work-in-progress project.

I want to give special thanks to Jean François Porchez who taught me a way of hand drawing type design that I have applied (and continue to apply) to my textile prints and lettering work. I am eternally grateful for his help - now I approach textile drawings and lettering in a very similar way, combining both skills in my daily work.

After Type@Cooper I went to visit Laura (co-founder of MarchTwentyTwo) in Spain. We had the first face to face business meeting since we started our collaboration almost nine months before. Working with Laura, has so far been the most interesting and intense experience ever. We have a very strong connection and coming from two different disciplines makes us constantly learn new things from each other.

Working from home in solitude throughout most of the day, whilst learning independently how to become a textile designer were the biggest challenge I have ever faced in my career. I can now say that being alone has given me the opportunity to hear my inner voice and get to know myself a lot better.

After one and a half years working from my bedroom I decided to move to a co-working space. Everything after that has become a lot easier for me. Nowadays, I split my time between Melbourne and Barcelona working on textile prints, lettering projects and calligraphic personal development.

Drawing, typography, lettering and calligraphy are my passion and the best tools for me as a designer to communicate. I feel that the more I understand and know how to use these tools, the better designer I will become. Read Less
2013. Copperplate. Calligraphy Workshop with Amanda Adams, Barcelona
2013. Expressive Roman Capitalis. Calligraphy Workshop with Keith Adams
2012. Condensed Program of Typeface Design. Cooper Union, New York City
2011. Postgraduate Course of Advanced Typography. Eina School, Barcelona
2011. Calligraphy Workshop with … Read More
2013. Copperplate. Calligraphy Workshop with Amanda Adams, Barcelona
2013. Expressive Roman Capitalis. Calligraphy Workshop with Keith Adams
2012. Condensed Program of Typeface Design. Cooper Union, New York City
2011. Postgraduate Course of Advanced Typography. Eina School, Barcelona
2011. Calligraphy Workshop with Oriol Miró and Amanda Adams, Girona
2003 - 2004. MA in Interactive Interfaces Design. Elisava School, Barcelona
1996 - 2000. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Eina, School, Barcelona Read Less
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