Innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur, Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential have kept her at the forefront of design and business for over 20 years. Under Maria’s leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. In 2011, Maria was given an AIGA Fellow award that recognizes designers who have raised the standards of excellence in the design field. In March 2013, Facebook acquired the talent behind Hot Studio where Maria now works as Director of Product Design. Her latest book, Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, is published by New Riders. Maria has spoken at conferences all over the world and currently serves as an adjunct professor and trustee at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.