Maria Simpson

Graphic Design. Marketing. Communications.

About me

How I got to do what I love

Drawing "typefaces", that is my earliest memory foreshadowing my future career in communication design. I did not know at the time that's what I was doing, I just liked to make messages and words stand out in unique, attention grabbing ways. Growing up in a small farming town in Saskatchewan, I had a lot of time to draw. When I went to the University of Saskatchewan, I fell in love with all things marketing, business and communications, and earned my Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Marketing & Business Admin. I knew then that I had a passion for coming up with ideas for visual solutions, but I also wanted to have the skills to bring those ideas to life. So I moved to Vancouver, BC and obtained my Diploma of Graphic Design to complement my B.Comm.

In 2013, I packed up my Vancouver life and relocated to beautiful Guelph, Ontario. Currently, I have a rewarding career as a Communications Specialist and do freelance design work on a casual basis. Please contact me if you need branding, logo design, brochure design, digital or mobile design elements, signage, stationary, and anything in between.

"Maria is that rare find: a creative talent who understands the realities of business. Her attitude is refreshingly "I can do it, no problem" and her attention to detail has saved us many hours of re-do’s."

~ Marketing Director, Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business

Technical Skills

Adobe Creative

Indesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash

MS Office Suite

Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Lync


Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, iCloud

Web & Mobile Design

HTML, CSS, UI/UX, Content Management Systems, Dreamweaver, Image Optimization, Animated GIFs, SEO, Best Practices

Social Media Communications

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, Snapchat, Blogs

Other Essential Skills

Artistic ability, Dedication, Standards, Creative problem solving, Strategic marketing, Project management, Communication, Familiarity with other creative fields, Business knowledge

Professional Experience



Royal Canin Canada, a division of Mars, Inc. (Guelph, ON)


Self (Canada)


Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business (Vancouver, BC)


Independent Supply Company (Burnaby, BC)


Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP (Vancouver, BC)


Rivera Design Group (Vancouver, BC)



Diploma of Graphic Design

The Art Institute of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Drawing, Colour Theory, Concept Development, Illusration, Layout, Photography, Typography, Electronic Design, Corporate Identity, Advertising, Art Direction, Dimensional Design, Art & Design History, Web Development, Production


Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing & Business Administration

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Business Communication, International Business, Business Law, Integrated Marketing Strategy, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Research, Entrepreneurship, Services & Retail Marketing, Advertising & Branding

"Maria was very perceptive in creating the identity for my business. The thought she put into every detail of my logo showed she researched my business and the type of customers I was targeting. It is exactly what I wanted!"

~ Owner & Founder, Gardeninguide Canada

"The pieces are cohesive and truly embody the spirit of the integrated campaign experience we are aiming for, and speed of output was amazing!"

~ Feline Brand Manager, Royal Canin Canada

Contact details

Guelph, Ontario

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