This post was taken from the Pacific Northern website with permission from Marie who was featured on their blog. Marie is my lovely sister-in-law, wife of my youngest brother Francis.
PN Designer Feature: Creative Designer Marie Mangona
Creative Designer Marie Mangona knew from an early age that art was her destiny. When it was time for her to choose a major in school, she was torn between graphic design, interior design, and industrial design. In the end, she chose industrial design because she was fascinated by how “you start from nothing.”
After graduating from college in the Philippines, Marie moved to the United States, where she eventually joined Pacific Northern as a mechanical designer. When there was an opening for a creative design position, she got a chance to use her creativity as well as technical skills to bring large-scale projects to life. Her favorite part of a new project is understanding her clients’ brand identity, and she loves getting to know clients she’s never worked with before. Her favorite projects are those with a strong theme because she can use her creativity to make her client’s unique vision a reality. She also loves working on projects for children’s products, and she has a reputation for being the go-to designer for cute things.
While her work revolves around industrial design, Marie has found ways to express her passion for graphic design and interior design in her life outside PN. She regularly does graphic design work for her church, and she loves using her interior design skills to make her home special and inviting.
Marie describes her style as playful and whimsical, though she also loves nature and using natural elements within a refined aesthetic. She’s a DIY enthusiast and enjoys making new things with a variety of materials and techniques. Some of her favorite materials are wood, cork, canvas, burlap, shells, stones, and leaves- anything with interesting patterns and textures.
Marie loves to know the story behind a design or piece of artwork, and understanding how it was inspired and created gives her a deeper appreciation for it. Above all, though, Marie draws inspiration from her faith. “When I look around me and see everything that God created, I am humbled,” she says. “It makes me want to create too, even though I know what I’m making is so small compared to what He has made.”
She also has a passion for going to coffee houses, and she’s “obsessed” with hot air balloons, pottery, and terrariums. She and her husband enjoy going to estate sales, hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors.