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Art & Life with Maria Nyren

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Nyren.

Maria, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Since I was a kid, I knew that I would end up working with something creative, but form the beginning I never knew exactly what. I am from Stockholm Sweden, and when I was 19, I decided to move to LA to explore and find my true fit in the creative world. Within the first week of moving to LA, I knew what I wanted to do which was graphic design. And I have loved it ever since.

To grow as a designer (because you can never learn enough), I studied to receive an AA degree at SMC and a bachelor degree at Otis Art School where I graduated with honors and designer distinction award. During school, I had many jobs at several award-winning designs firms. I loved it because it truly helped me grow as a designer and become ready for the professional world. School can teach you so much, but real work experience is important too and is that last push before becoming a professional designer.

Directly after graduating from Otis I started working for an agency, but I realized fast that what I dream to do is to create my own design freelance business. I want to get the opportunity to work for myself, get to work with all types of inspiring clients and to help them grow through my creative ideas. I felt that now is the time to take the risk, get outside my comfort zone and to become a freelancing designer. I feel like it was one of my best decisions ever made and I have not regretted it one single bit since!

First of all, I love what I do, my job feels more like an interest than a daily job, but then the fact that I can work from wherever I am. I can be creative at home, visit clients offices, explore random coffee shops and last but not least work and travel the world. Being a freelancer allows me to do two things that I love; design and explore.

For example, I can be in Spain and at the same time be able to work on all of my creative projects. I think that being out traveling, working from different locations and even just exploring the city I live in makes me a better designer. It makes me a better designer because it helps me get more inspired than if I would just work from the same office every day. And who would not want to travel, get inspired and be the best you can at what you do?

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
As a graphic designer, I create anything from print to web, logos to websites. I love it all, getting to help inspiring clients grow their brand identity by making their visuals stronger. I have always thought that website design is very interesting. I like the idea of the combination of an element being visual design but also interactive. I enjoy designing websites because it lets me think of more than just the visual part, it has me think of how it interacts.

Since I love designing websites, I also learned how to code and build websites. I want to be a complete package, both design and build! I feel that my design style expresses my Swedish background. My style is minimalistic, clean, timeless, stylish and modern. My designs communicate the Scandinavian style idea of that less is more and love whitespace.

But then, of course, I will always listen to the client need and their personality, but add my creative style to it. I also enjoy being creative in other ways than graphic design, such as photography. I often bring my camera everywhere I go and take photos of the elements around me, making common daily elements beautiful.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe that being a freelancer can get lonely at times if you only work from home every day. If you change up your routine and go to different places to work from it will feel like you are not working alone. Even if you are at a coffee shop and don’t know the person next to you, having people around you makes a difference.

I try to go and work from different coffee shops every week and also visit some of my clients at their office. It makes my daily rutin exiting plus you never know if you will end up meeting another inspiring artist or even a future client.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People are more than welcome to visit my website where I post some of my favorite projects and where I also have a blog about the lifestyle of a freelancer. I post a lot of my designs on my designer Instagram.

I also have a second Instagram that is more about my lifestyle; here I post images from my daily life as a design freelancer.

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