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. She now pursues a ︎︎︎BFA in Graphic Design, an ︎︎︎MS in Management @
University of Florida
. Recently, she studied Principles of Display Typeface Design @
Cooper Union
. Marissa 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 Designer 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 transformational force of design and storytelling power of type, she strives to advocate for an intersectional future, ensure barrier-free access to learning, and promote awareness of human realities.

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2021: Display Type BIPOC Fund, $1,060 for tuition and $60 for supplies
2021: Ligature 30 Best Junior Award
2020: James J. Rizzi Scholarship, $1,000
2018–2021: UF Dean's List
2016: Young Designers Scholarship Fund, $5,500


2021: Type@Cooper Display Type Class Exhibit, Remote
2021: Filipino Type, Instagram
2021: Periods for Periods by Rethink Canada
2021: icographica, Instagram
2020, 2021: AIGA Unidos, Instagram
2021: Times New Woman, Instagram 
2021: Design by Women, Instagram
AIGA GNV Book Review, GNV, FL
Ligature 30, GNV, FL
2020: Designing the Vote, Instagram
2020: AIGA GNV Member Spotlight, GNV, FL
2020: UF DRC Disability Liberation Art Gallery, GNV, FL
2020: Tea Literary & Arts Magazine, GNV, FL
2018, 2019: Art Bash, GNV, FL
2018: WARP Student Exhibition, GNV, FL
2016: School of Visual Arts Exhibition, NYC, NY

︎ Website Design: Marissa Balbuena
︎ Typeface in Use: Piazzolla by Juan Pablo del Peral
︎ Last Update: 10 SEPT 2021

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