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13: Mexican-American Graphic Designer & Illustrator Marisol Ortega

Draws in Spanish | Conversations with Latinx Visual Artists and Designers

This week’s guest describes herself as “100% Mexican and 100% American.” In this episode, I chat with Mexican-American Graphic Designer and Illustrator Marisol Ortega. Marisol and I discuss everything from the trauma of being first generation American, to getting a full scholarship to art school, to landing an in-house role at Amazon. Aside from her Mexican background and culture, we also get into how she found her way to design and illustration.Marisol discovered her passion for art and design after living as a foreign exchange student in Italy for a year during high school. This experience shifted her entire perspective and opened her eyes to art as a career. Once arriving back in the States, she took this momentum and channeled it into finding scholarships to fund her dream of going to art school. With dedication, Marisol was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship and received a full ride for her art education.In this inspiring episode, Marisol shares her perspective on freelancing and motherhood, how she’s putting a stop to generational trauma, and how she found her passion for design through a foreign exchange program.Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, or on your favorite podcast platform.Topics Covered:Marisol’s experience being a first-generation Mexican-AmericanMotherhood and breaking generational traumaThe trade-offs between being an in-house designer and a freelance designerHow she found her passion for design through a foreign exchange program in ItalyBeing the first in her family to attend collegeBecoming a Gates Millennium Scholar and getting a full-ride scholarship to the Art Institute of SeattleThe struggles of being one of two minority students in art schoolThe intricacies of being a white Mexican and not feeling Mexican enoughDealing with backlash in the workplace for speaking on politics as a LatinaBeing the token Latina in the officeHow she landed her graphic design role at StarbucksWhy Marisol has a passion for packaging designHer process for collaborating with a brand designerHer process for creating powerful color palettesThe difference between illustration and designHow to think more broadly about the application of illustrationsWhy she was compelled to work with Linocuts and incorporate it into her design practiceGuest InfoCheck out Marisols’s Instagram, Portfolio, and Shop!Special OfferListeners of the podcast can get a free, undated weekly and monthly planner inspired by the show from our website here.Follow Host Fabiola Lara between episodes:InstagramYoutubeTikTok


8 Mar 2022

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125. Diseño en transiciones (México/EEUU). Una charla con Sofía Bosch Gómez y Marisol Ortega Pallanez

Diseño y Diáspora

Sofía Bosch Gómez y Marisol Ortega Pallanez están haciendo un doctorado sobre diseño en transiciones. Nos van a explicar el concepto y como  lo ven como una evolución al diseño para la innovación social. Ellas dos tienen investigaciones de doctorado diferentes pero compartir su marco teórico. Estudian en Carnegie Mellon University. En esta charla vamos a hablar de #sostenibilidad, #textiles, #sector público, #gobierno #transición #innovaciónsocial 


4 May 2020

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Episode 094 - Marisol Ortega, a Designer, Illustrator, and Educator in Seattle WA

The Quickie - Interviews for Graphic Designers

Today's guest is Marisol Ortega. She is a Designer, Illustrator, and Design Educator in Seattle WA. During this interview we talk about:-Marisol studying abroad in Italy and how that lit her creative fire-a story about working on mosaics and stained glass in an Italian Church-her time at both the Starbucks Global Creative and Amazon-leaving in-house design and jumping into freelance life-struggles with balancing freelance and family-a very interesting question raised about guacamoleThat and so much more. You can hear Marisols excitement for the creative world in her voice. She was a lot of fun to talk to and I know you will enjoy this one. Don't forget to check out her Instagram at @marisol.ortega


25 Aug 2019

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118 - Marisol Ortega


…on being a "forever learner." Marisol Ortega is a first generation Mexican-American designer and illustrator who’s worked for clients including Starbucks, Hallmark and Amazon and collaborations with Lost Type Co-Op. She's heavily influenced by nature, working with her hands and the many colors of our planet. Her work reflects an exploration of nature, her cultures and a bright color palette with a modern take. She joins the show for a conversation about bouncing between design and illustration, why she enjoys working with her hands and late-night design mishaps.


25 Jun 2019

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