Maria Ruberg Bendtsen

Graphic Designer
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Hi, Maria here! I’m a creative thinker with passion for making meaningful little stories through my visual work. I wish to de􀃕ne lasting solutions with a strong design signature - consisting of small, simple and thoughtful details. I thrive in the process of 􀃕nding the right angle for a client, wether it’s the brand concept, visual identity, website, layout, printed material or typographic hierarchy. I’m a recent graduate from the Danish School of Media- and Journalism with a BFA in Visual Communication, majoring in Graphic Design. Besides my BFA, I have a Digital Design pro􀃕le from the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. Currently, I’m based in a small apartment in Copenhagen. Where I'm enjoying life in the city with people close to me. Every day I'm biking to my fulltime job, where I work on projects for the lovely Nina Bruun Creative Consultancy until July. Which is kinda perfect timing! Short! I love to explore new cities. I'm a typography nerd, always on the look-out for the best dumplings and snacks in town. I enjoy reading a good magazine, with an inspiring layout and exciting content. I'm a sucker for moments of 'Hygge', and I enjoy going to a good acoustic concert with talented musicians.

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Nina Bruun C.C.
Junior Designer
2018 – Present
Copenhagen, Denmark
Studio Be-Poles
Graphic Design Assistant
Paris, France
AM Copenhagen
Graphic Design Assistant
2018 – Present
Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish School of Media & Journalism (CPH)
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe XD, HTML, CSS, CMS Systems
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What makes me one of the World’s Greatest Interns? Short. The time is perfect! I graduated from @dmjx last summer with a BFA in Visual Communication. My next job will end July. I’m eager to learn a new culture, a new designprocess, a new method, a new technique ... I’m trying to find my place in the creative world. Basically, I’m ready for this voyage!I’m a teamplayer, who learned the benefits of working in a team through my time as a Graphic Designer out in the real world. I’ve worked for different design agencies - also across cultures. Previosly clients from France during my time as an intern at Be-poles. Right now I'm working with clients from Korea and India with the team behind Nina Bruun Creative Concultancy. Now, I would love to join and work for a new diverse bunch of people across the world.I want to create visual experiences that captures the consumer's heart. I can handle complex projects, and I always work focused until a deadline. Personally I'm a very dedicated, passionated and a curious typography- and color nerd.That’s why, I’m the right creative mind to join the amazing adventure.*see my attached CV & Portfolio for more.

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

My time is NOW! I’m ready to start a new chapter. Head first. Evolve my craft within Graphic Design. Grow personally. Collaborate with amazing people from international design studios to learn a new way of thinking! I want to see, how things work in the creative world accross culture. I’m eager to learn about a new culture, a new designprocess, a new method, a new technique ... Broaden my cultural understanding of design - especially through top companies, with people doing top work. I can see myself work across cultures in the near future. Either freelance or hopefully start a new journey within a top creative company out in the world. This would just be a really amazing once in a lifetime experience!

2. What are you looking to gain from an experience such as WGI?

I hope the experience will make me even more confident, both in my work and personally. I want to come out a lot tougher and sharper. I want to develop a stronger point of view, by learning new skills within creative thinking and doing. Learning a new culture, a new designprocess, a new method, a new technique - the opportunity to learn something new from everywhere we go. Basically, learn as much as possible - to give as much as possible in return. And a stronger network of excellent human people of course! Be a creative explorer for a wile! And as you mention ‘leave with a powerful experience that will accelerate my career’.

3. What would be your goals after completing WGI if you were selected?

Hopefully, be forever grateful for the experience. Fingers crossed! Then, I would use the new amazing network to accelerate my career. Either freelance across cultures or hopefully start a new journey within a top creative company out in the world. I want to interact with a new culture, a new way of thinking, a new way of designing, a new me … use the experience to find my place in the industry. I want to start a new path in my career as Graphic Designer. Make my ideas real! Design meaningful visual stories - that makes people want to connect with a brand.

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Through a few posts on instagram, where I’m following @thebrandidentity - which lead me to your instagram! Thank god!

5. Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

I will give you the same situation, which first makes me demotivated and then motivated. In general, people who tells me, that a job in the creative industry is impossible. Specifically, an older designer from the creative field in Denmark. He was supposed to inspire us with a presentation at school, but instead he told us that the graphic industry was dead, and that he didn’t know, how we would be able to make our money in the future. Sometimes, I lose a bit of my courage, when I hear this several times. Which at times can cause, that I get a bit demotivated. Luckily, I’m really passionated about my work, which motivates me to show them the opposite. If you are talented, there will be a spot! I believe, that the creative industry have a big say! We just have to fight a bit harder for the work, that we believe in.

6. In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

A team of passionated, talented and ambitious people. Teamwork! A great atmosphere with a mindset to follow. A common goal to archive high quality work across departments in the company. A great inspirational leader who both challenge you with harsh critique and praises your work. A place were you work hard, but still priorities good times in each others company - there must be room for ‘Hygge’.

7. What brands and companies do you admire and why?

In the moment: Moon International, Copenhagen: A creative agency in Denmark. Because of their design process, way of thinking and their detail-oriented work with high quality. They are a bunch of really inspiring people - helping their clients to be ever present in popular culture. Kinfolk, Copenhagen: Delivering a quarterly lifestile magazine and best-selling books internationally. Because of their uncompromising quality in everything they produce. Kinfolk inspires me over and over again with their unique vision on the contemporary culture - whether it's design, influential creative directors, style or culture. Horror Vacui Studio, London: A creative consultancy & graphic design studio. Because of their attention to detail, and the coherent quality in their design. The way they work with dynamic formats and typographical hierarchies. Cecilie Bahnsen, Copenhagen. A fashion designer working with the intersection of couture and ready-to-wear to create luxury clothing with a relaxed, timeless style. Because of her attention to detail, the quality in her pieces and inspiring silhouettes. And for always representing her collection with amazing imagery.

8. What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

Basically, I’m really curious! Naturally I do my best to follow the changes in the contemporary society - to be sure, that I develop a strong and long-lasting design signature for a client. Everyday I follow the creative world around me through social media, digital and printet materials, but I also let myself be inspired by travels, design, art, culture and fashion. Most importantly, I try to learn something new in every project that I do - it could be a new process, a new technique, a new format…! I do not set boundaries for myself. If I can’t do it already, then I'll do my best to learn it, or contact a talented mind to help out. A new approach to my work, that I gained from my time with Nina Bruun, where we're designing everything through the whole design process.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

Overall: 'Experience will give you the power and confidence to be you.' Everyday: 'It’s okay to not have it figured out yet.' In Work: ‘The details are not the details. They make the design.'

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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