Maria Hagsten Michelsen
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graphic designer

Selected Works

San Franselfie

Poster and Postcard

In this project, I wanted to create an artwork that captured how it is to ride the iconic cable cars of San Francisco in our modern age. The final artwork was used in this postcard and poster design. I crafted the title typeface specifically for the project with inspiration taken from vintage travel posters and the San Francisco Giants' iconic brand.


Icons for personal brand

24 icons made for my personal brand to be used on my web page, resume, business card, etc. I aimed to create a style that is both personal, whimsical and inviting. To achieve this goal, I drew all icons multiple times by hand to find the right tone and fine tuned the final icons to ensure a unified look.


Brand and logo development

Microsun is a fictional company that produces a pocket-sized artificial sun lamp to battle winter depression. The lamp can be powered by kinetic energy, so the more you move, the more your MicroSun shines. The project was created as part of a graphic design course at CalArt.

MicroSun App

UI/UX concept Project

In this concept project, I designed a companion mobile app to be used with the MicroSun lamp. The objective was to deliver a high-fidelity prototype of the app based on user interviews within seven days.

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A hand drawn poem collection

VOKSENVERDEN is a Danish poem collection written by the author Marie Markvard Andersen. I designed the collection's visual appearance – a process that included handwriting the text of the collection's 29 poems and hand drawing the illustrations.

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The Bright Side

An animated ebook

In 2015, I created the digital version of the graphic novel Den lyse side by the Danish author Maren Uthaug. It was published as an ebook with the storyline captured as animated GIF. The ebook was simultaneously published in a Danish and an English version, the latter with the title The Bright Side. The biggest challenge was to find the right level of animation in order for the publication to still feel as a book.

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Drawing, paintings and digital artworks

A small selection of my artworks, which were made with pencil, watercolors, pastels or using the virtual versions of the tools on my iPad.

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Maria Hagsten Michelsen portrait