Sandwiches are amazing!

Maria Garsa is a passionate latina, bisexual, feminist that loves eating sandwiches while she designs. She is a colorful person and often incorporates bright fun colours in her work. She embraces her creativity by creating art that she has fun making.

However, Maria is also a petty bitch. If you treat her or someone else wrong, then she will hold onto what you did, then strike when the moment comes. She will also hold a grudge if you kick a kitten or leave an animal in the cold.

My everyday life involves working on design, including brand identity, illustration, social, web design, on an extra special day: wire sculpting. I love experimenting with design and learning new ways for bettering my art. Visual design is a powerful tool that is used in everyday life. Graphic design has an impact on communities because it can send messages to people.

Design creates bonds and the history of design has been cis-gender hetero white male. Design needs to have a change and I want to help push that change. Culturally competent designers develop empathy to understand the world outside of themselves. I do not fit the old mold of graphic designers and I do not come from money; I have a different perspective. I use my perspective to design–to design for the minority. To tell people’s narratives, designers need to understand who they are and have education there. Designers need to learn those perspectives if they are not part of that community or demographic. I lived in a community where it was very diverse so I had the opportunity to learn and spend time with people inside and outside of my culture.

Design takes a lot of deep breathing and educating.