About a Lady Named Marina

Driven. Entrepreneurial. Creative.

Here I am in front of my half finished painting that took nearly 6 months to complete, a tribute to one of my favourite artists of all time, Roy Lichtenstein. You can read all about that here!

Marina Duque


By the age of 7, I was already drawing and painting, and was known as a “artist” by my peers. My days were usually spent hovering over a sketchbook with some 2B pencils.
If I wasn’t doing that, then I was pounding some notes on the piano, or knitting my cabbage patch some sweaters, or hopping on my mom’s sewing machine.
Marina Duque


In my last year of high school, I was placed in a co-op work environment in the Graphics Department of a leading bank where Corel 3.0 was the software of choice fueled by the 486 Computer.
Stock photos were ordered via mail. Letters were typeset by specific computer codes. Artwork was rendered on a drafting table through mechanical paste-up, ruby film, and Xacto knife to be made camera-ready.
Marina Duque


I became infatuated with “Desktop Publishing” and when the “Information Superhighway” came to be, I chose a more technical aspect to design and pursued design and typography vs. traditional art in University.
I graduated and received my Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (Hons) from York University in Toronto.
Marina Duque


Over the next several years, I worked for a variety of companies ranging from Photo/Video Studios, Children’s Publishing, IT, Print Houses and Multimedia + Interactive Design Studios.
I started building websites with Microsoft FrontPage, HTML, Macromedia DreamWeaver and Animated GIFS.
Marina Duque


A big transition year.
I took a permanent maternity leave and started freelancing.
Over the next 10 years, I have freelance designed for hundreds of clients, building websites, logos, print and branding.
I have also started a few other “side hustles” but they all gravitate to the same medium.
Art & Design.
Marina Duque


While my home is still here at Marina Duque, I expanded into other creative outlets:
This Design Girl ~ I teach aspiring designers, seasoned creatives, and entrepreneurs design education.
Flat Lay Studio ~ I shoot stock photos including flat lays, scene creators, tech styled desktops, stationary, and much more.
Type Maven ~ I design print ready made downloads from inspirational quotes to movie illustrations.
Creative Lounge ~ I offer custom web and print design.

Find Me

Goal. Inbox Zero.


THIS DESIGN GIRL / I Teach You Design
FLAT LAY STUDIO / I Shoot Stock Photos
TYPE MAVEN / I Create Art & Illustrations
CREATIVE LOUNGE / I Design Custom Websites & Branding
Marina Duque


Coming Soon. Yikes.

Huh? A Designer without a Portfolio?

After being in the industry for nearly 20 years, I feel the need to clean it up.
Things are a little outdated and I want my portfolio to reflect the now.
Oh the joys of being a perfectionist.

And this may take a while. You know, because kids. And a hundred other things.
So rather than having my entire website in a state of under construction for months, and/or possibly years
(it’s been 2 years, 5 months and 14 days since this notice has been up),
I am taking the risk and putting my website live without a portfolio.
Oh the sheer horror!

BUT. Feel free to check out my other sites.
You can see my design style there.