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Selected Works

San Franselfie

Poster and Postcard

Project goal: to create an illustration to be used for posters and postcards visualizing how it is to ride the iconic cable cars of San Francisco in our modern age. The work was based on a real life-study of the cable cars in San Francisco. The first multiple iterations were drawn by hand on iPad using Adobe Draw and Apple Pencil. Further work and final iteration made in Adobe Illustrator. The title typeface was specifically designed for the project with inspiration taken from vintage travel posters and the San Francisco Giants' iconic brand.

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 a Dane living in San Francisco, 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