Selected Works


Best of 2017

A selection of the best illustration from 2017. All illustrations are digital art drawn in Adobe Draw on an iPad Pro and fine-tuned in Adobe Illustrator.

Designing the story

Maria Hagsten Michelsen portrait

I'm a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, who helps clients develop their brand and define their essence through carefully crafted designs. I'm also a Dane who has been living in San Francisco since 2016, mixing Scandinavian minimalism with the passion and craziness of the golden state.

I have a masters degree in comparative literature, which makes me highly skilled in telling a brand’s story in an optimal way. I also have a keen visual eye that is always drawing inspiration from the world around me.

When I’m not designing, working on illustrations while listening to music or interacting in the Dribbble community, I’m probably drinking a cold IPA with my hubby or hanging out with my favorite peeps.

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San Francisco, CA