mariana hurtado

More about me?

Here we go. I'm a Swiss-based, Colombian designer, a fan of flat-faced dogs, and a Pokémon trainer on the side. Although all my family is from Colombia, I grew up in Ecuador, where I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic and Product Design. But I'm getting ahead of myself. From 2010-2011, I continued my bachelor's studies as an exchange student in Chile. A beautiful country that holds a special place in my heart.

My adventurous heart brought me to Switzerland in 2014. What started as a language exchange evolved into a Master's degree in Visual Communication at the University of the Arts Bern.

The master's hasn't stop me from constantly learning. Two months after graduating in 2016, I built a 3D printer with the help of my now husband, which I use to bring so many amazing creations to life. At the same time, 3D motion graphics became my new passion. In 2018, I studied Interactive Design for a year at the school of Design Bern and Biel. Most recently, I completed a Google UX Design Certificate.

My native language is Spanish, which I still speak when my mom calls. I am fluent in English, which is the main language I speak at home and with my close friends. German, on the other hand, has become my work language. If you hear me speaking Goethes Sprache, you know I mean business.

TL;DR

Photos by   Victor Zollikofer

A LATIN SPARK IN THE HEART OF SWITZERLAND

Like Colombian coffee with Swiss chocolate, my skills will perfectly match your project requirements with:

  • Passion that knows no bounds
  • A different point of view
  • Flexibility to adapt to any challenge

Do you have a project and don't know how to proceed? Then you've come to the right place.


skills

3D Modeling

It doesn't matter if it's for 3D printing or a breathtaking render. I can do it.

Front-end Development

Why stop at prototyping? I have HTML5, CSS3 with some presentational JS under my belt.

Branding

It goes beyond the logo. A strong brand requires careful analysis to get it right.

Animation

We don't live in a static world. Give your users some love with animations.

UX/UI Design

We spend around 10 hours in front of a screen. A seamless experience should be a priority.

Illustration

Does your picture communicate the right 1000 words? I'll make sure it does.

MY WORK

Throughout my career I have worked on all kinds of design solutions. From illustrations to technical plans, animations to packaging, frontend development to brand design. I am a multi-faceted designer, ready to jump into any stage of a project.
Here are some of my works.


design process

0
START
1
DEFINE

What's really the user's need? Evaluate the problem.

2
IDEATE

Innovative answers.
Identify and propose possible solutions.

3
PROTOTYPE

An experimental representation
of a potential outcome.

4
TEST

Until it's ready
to be implemented.

FUN FACTS

9
YEARS OF DESIGN EDUCATION

5 years of bachelor studies. 2 years for my master's degree. 2 years of UX/UI.

17
YEARS OF
EXPERIENCE

Back in the myspace days I was already editing pictures and code. I haven't stopped since then.

159
CENTIMETERS
OF FUN

Yes, that's my height.
You wanted a fun fact.
Yes, I know. I'm short.

999
BREWED
COFEES

Would you like to share cup 1000 with me while we discuss your project some more?

GET IN TOUCH

I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

Don't be shy!

I think I've covered all the bases on this page. If there's anything else you'd like to know, I'm here to help. That includes that 1000th coffee. Go ahead, schedule it before someone else does first.