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Spaces // Maia McDonald

As always, I’m so excited to share another look in a beautiful workspace. This week, we get a to explore the beautiful space and creative journey of graphic designer, Maia McDonald.

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I’m the art director at Rue Magazine and a freelance graphic designer.

Describe your creative journey.
Growing up I attended an alternative private school that focused on the arts, so I spent a lot of time playing with paint, crayons, clay and fabric. I was also heavily influenced by my mom who started her own all natural toy/craft company when I was a toddler. A lot of time was spent exploring the arts – both at home and at school so I knew early on that I wanted to be in a creative field and eventually work for myself. Up until college I thought I was going to be a painter or photographer, it wasn’t until I took my first graphic design class that I realized that it was the perfect fit for me. I love how every project is like a visual puzzle, bringing together type and image and telling the story of a brand or product in a new way.

I worked for several years for various brands including and Williams-Sonoma, but last year I was finally able to realize my goal of striking it out on my own and I’ve never looked back. I love being my own boss and creating beautiful work for fun new clients on a daily basis.

Share a little bit about your space.
My space is always evolving. I spend a lot of time working at my computer so I’m always trying to make it as comfy and inspiring as possible. Also, since I work at home, it’s important for me to create a space that is separate from the rest of my apartment, so I don’t always have to be thinking about work when I’m at “home”.

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
Definitely the floor to ceiling windows. I love all the light, I always pick apartments or office space based on the amount of light there is.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Books, light, music and art. Oh, and a good chair!

Thanks Maia!

Find Her:
+ Website
+ Blog
+ Twitter


  1. June 4, 2013

    So cute. Love the lil piggy [:

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  2. June 4, 2013

    Precioso lugar de trabajo. Me encanta

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  3. June 5, 2013

    such a gorgeous space, the light in these photos is amazing! love all the framed prints too.

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  4. June 5, 2013

    Thanks so much for featuring Maia’s workspace. It’s so light and airy and I love her vintage desk!

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    June 7, 2013

    Thanks Kim! I got the desk at a University swap several years ago for $30, it was a steal. The only issue is it’s a terrible desk to have if you move a lot like I do because it weighs a ton. 🙂

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  5. June 6, 2013

    Awesome post! Maia’s space is just as inspiring as she is!

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    June 7, 2013

    Thanks Julie! 🙂

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