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Maria Elisa Zaia

Designer & Illustrator

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationBrazil
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  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Illustrator - Art Director


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About me

Hey! I'm a Graphic Designer and Illustrator with a masters in Marketing and several courses on Design Thinking. Having an artistic education and a business focused degree helps me understand a project fully, so I'm able to create strategic and creative approaches with my work. Plus, I just love creating, and if I have to learn something new to make some crazy idea of mine true, I'll learn it.

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  • Editorial Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Pattern Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Creative Marketing
  • Design
  • Illustration

Work history


Freelance Graphic Designer

Dec 2014
  • Brazil
  • Freelance
  • Since working as a freelancer, I've had the pleasure of working with companies such as AlmapBBDO, VIP magazine, Claudia magazine, Capricho magazine, Mattel, Zag, DC Comics and Inesplorato.


Graphic Design Specialist

Editora Abril

Nov 2013 - Nov 2014
  • Brazil
  • Full Time
  • As a Graphic Designer on Capricho magazine, the biggest teen magazine in Latin America, I planned, organized and art directed editorials, did trend research, interacted with readers, suggested ideas for articles and also did layout design and illustration.



Master's Degree in Marketing


Jul 2015 - Apr 2017
  • Brazil
  • This post grad was very focused on strategy, digital marketing, handling collaborators, creating business plans... basically how to be a complete Marketing professional.


Innovation and Design Thinking Course


Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
  • Brazil
  • On this course, Luis Alt taught us about Design Thinking, Service Design, innovating with purpose and gave us tools to keep learning online and stay up to date.


The Design Entrepreneur Course

School of Visual Arts

Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
  • New York, United States
  • "The Design Entrepreneur" was a summer course taught by Steven Heller, Lita Talarico and Milton Glaser. The course focused on design as the main tool for creating a successful business.


Graphic Design


Jun 2009 - May 2013
  • Brazil
  • I studied Graphic Design at ESPM in São Paulo. At this time I was working at Ogilvy Brazil as an intern and was more focused in Advertising and Print. When I graduated in 2013 I was more focused in Editorial Design and Art.



Creative Diary: Design for a Better World Contest

IED barcelona

  • 2nd place on App Design (NossoMundo App)


Emilie Chamie Prize


  • The Emilie Chamie is the most prestigious award in my college, and I won Best Printed Portfolio in 2013.


Design Week ESPM


  • As a student, I won as Best Magazine Project that year, with Gatsby magazine.


Design Week ESPM


  • As a student, I won Best Game that year with Dominando, a game for autistic people