Marissa Balbuena
is an Asian-Latina who utilizes her multidisciplinary approach to
fine art and design as a tool for introspection and an enhancement of education. After studying Visual Communications at
Design & Architecture Senior High
and Fine Arts at
Florida International University,
she now pursues a ︎︎︎BFA in Graphic Design and an ︎︎︎MS in Management at the
University of Florida.
She is employed as
Senior Designer & Illustrator @
UF Lastinger Center for Learning
freelancer. Previously, she worked @
UF Mint Design Studio
III Points Music Festival
, and
Miami-Dade County
. In her free time, Marissa volunteers as Student Liaison for
AIGA Gainesville
and Social Media Contributor for
AIGA Unidos
. On account of her family’s guidance, Marissa believes education is a vital practice that fosters equity and human connection. Using the meaningful language of design and
typography, she hopes to highlight social change, ensure barrier-free access to learning, and promote awareness of human realities.

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2021: Ligature 30 Best Junior Award

2020: James J. Rizzi Scholarship, $1,000
2018–2021: UF Dean's List
2016: Young Designers Scholarship Fund


2021: Periods for Periods, Rethink Canada 2021: icographica, Instagram
2020, 2021: AIGA Unidos, Instagram
2021: Times New Woman, Instagram 
2021: Design by Women, Instagram
AIGA GNV Book Review, Gainesville, FL
Ligature 30, Gainesville, FL
2020: Designing the Vote, Instagram
2020: AIGA GNV Member Spotlight, Gainesville, FL
2020: UF DRC Disability Liberation Art Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2020: Tea Literary & Arts Magazine, Gainesville, FL
2018, 2019: Art Bash, Gainesville, FL
2018: WARP Student Exhibition, Gainesville, FL
2016: School of Visual Arts Exhibition, New York City, New York

︎ Website Design: Marissa Balbuena
︎ Typeface in Use: Benton Sans by Font Bureau
︎ Last Update: 26 APR 2021