Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. It’s an approach that helped Hot Studio grow into a full-service creative agency with offices in San Francisco and New York City and one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses. Recently, Maria joined Facebook as its Director of Product Design.
Known for her candor and wit, Maria has spoken at conferences around the world, including TEDxPresidio and SXSW. She teaches regularly at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and California College of the Arts, and is co-author and designer of several award-winning books including Elements of Web Design and Web Design Essentials.
Maria holds a BFA from Cooper Union. In 2012, she was named an AIGA Fellow.