Tuesday, February 2

IDEA District scaffolding and artwork

When a community is focused on creating something great for themselves and for future generations, real change can happen. The IDEA District went from being a dream- a few sketches with concepts and words on paper with what it 'could' be. 

I took a fantastic class last at San Diego City College with my (boss) and teacher MaeLin, called Profession Practices- focused on Graphic Design in business. We toured many studios here in San Diego, some i've visited multiple times or have friends working at- and got an inside view onto their operations and workflow. If you are interested in working as a design in the future or interested in peeking into other San Diego design studios, here is a link to my blog: CITY COLLEGE BLOG MARIAM BIER

The class helped dream up concepts for this district as a fun project, and had the clients (leaders of the IDEA District) come in for their input as a real-work experience. 

Our design studio helped create a geometric pattern to be painted onto outside scaffolding, and we collaborated with students from City College, New School of Architecture, Urban Discovery Academy, and SDSU. Working with a boss who is involved in so many educational institutions who genuinely and passionately cares about design and bettering her community- is really amazing. It also proves how much you can get done with passion and connecting with people who are on the same page as you. This is the start of the project and is visible for viewing across from the New School of Architecture in the East Village (downtown) San Diego. 

Monday, February 1

Concept floor patterning

Concept patterning for the IDEA District in the East Village of San Diego.


I constantly forget I am on the alumni page for my high school's MacLab website. I have a ton of views with few updates and I can see my page being accessed from there. 

So for the MacLab kids listening/watching video tutorials, testing out new design techniques and experimenting– I will upload a few pieces of work done with at my current design job, Visual Asylum. I will also do my best to not say "like" and be sure my grammar is correct in the Skocko manner. 

I have always been a fan of patterning, but never known how exactly to make patterns correctly. I tried, failed, and gave up until I realized buying patterns is expensive (Shutterstock), and there must be a way to do it. Here is a very basic tutorial to get started, and how I created some of the patterns in the piece below: Seamless patterns tutorial

Wednesday, September 4

Moving announcement mailer

   This was my first project while working at Visual Asylum. These were sent out to friends and clients as an announcement of the new work space in the East Village of San Diego. This vibrant creative firm who've been in business for over 25 years has never lost their ability to light up any project and helps not only improve existing brands, but creates magical strategic solutions. I am honored to be around and learning from two wonderful ladies, Amy & MaeLin Levine, and have more projects to come. All copyrights and artwork belongs to Visual Asylum. 

Wednesday, October 24


2012 porfolio: http://issuu.com/mariambier/docs/mariambier

Monday, January 23

Year of logos

Wednesday, December 28

Thursday, October 6

Public Ad campaign


Illustration from a series: 8 Mythical creatures doing ordinary things

Surya: Indian candle set

Chicano Art Poster

San Ysidro Blvd. Electrical Box -Panaderia

Inspired by mexican sweet bread, funded by San Ysidro Business Association w/help of AIGA SDSU student group. 

Cleopatra Book Jacket

Tuesday, February 8

RUCKUS: Typography deck of cards

This was my final project for Type 1 @ City College. 
The objective was to create characters and suits using only typography.
I decided on vintage looking kids as characters, but stayed true to my love
for vibrant color. They also have a lime green & teal pattern on the back. 

Tuesday, November 23


Here is a sample of a gift envelope/bag for my logo/branding class.
I've been working on little snippets of branding for this hotel the whole semester.
My next and final project will be a series of candles to be sold in the giftshop.
I'm excited to see how it will turn out especially after so many hours of lurking around
Target and candle stores, scalping out their candle packaging.

Typography constellations

For one of my final typography finals I am designing a deck of cards made out of typography characters.

I have a completely different idea started and developed but this was a concept I will probably use in the future.

Friday, October 1

Wednesday, September 1

Exploring Delta.

A project exploring the letter delta and how it evolved into an array of meanings.

Thursday, August 12

Saturday, July 24

Toy Story

Wednesday, July 14

Os Gemeos art in San Diego

Summer school project

Really excited that I could use Photoshop for an online health class.
These are my two favorite fonts at the moment, and love how the more
retro font in 'Health' and 'Wellness' almost play off the more vintage toned

Sunday, June 27

Fair 2010

Monday, June 21

Sugar Skulls

70s Glam

Tuesday, June 8

City walk