Maralee Nelson

When I was young, I loved to draw. I attended a small high school that didn’t offer much of an art program, but loved taking the drawing and painting classes that were offered. I graduated and went to Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), and took more drawing classes, but I just didn’t think I could make a living as an artist. I wondered if I should figure out something else as a career, and just do art as a hobby. The next semester, I intentionally didn’t take any art classes. My mom questioned me about it, and I explained that I wanted to see if I’d miss it. She was amused by my logic, but it was necessary for me to realize that for me, art is not a hobby, it’s part of who I am. I enrolled in a lettering class, which opened my eyes to layout, design, and typography—my biggest design passion. And, I discovered that there was a way to mix my love of art with a marketable skill: graphic design.

I got my Associates Degree in the Arts, then stayed another year, just to take every design and drawing class offered. I then went to BYU-Provo, and graduated with my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design.

Over the years, I’ve been employed at WordPerfect, Randall Smith Associates, and numerous ad agencies and design firms in Atlanta where I was a freelancer. After moving back to Utah, and continuing to build a growing and diverse freelance clientele, I realized that I loved being in business for myself. I began to work on building a business that would attract the kind of work I wanted to do, and mGraphicDesign evolved.

I strive for simple sophistication in everything I do. I have a clean and classic style, and an obsessive love of excellent typography. I collect antique metal “scrolly stuff”, I can’t pass up wood block printer’s type, and my office has “m’s” in multiple sizes, materials, and fonts everywhere you look.

You can see my work at mGraphicDesign, and read my blog, a blend of personal and business thoughts at BetterDesignByM.
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