Marie Leighton





I am an idea-driven designer. My passion lies in taking a basic idea and transforming it into something conceptually and visually powerful. Diverse work experience, as well as a strong background in arts and communication, both heavily contribute to the unique design approach I take with every project. My mission is to seek an opportunity where I can apply my artistic talent and creativity, as well as inspire and be inspired.

Strengths: Print & web design, typography, publication layout, digital photography, informational graphics, drawing, painting, digital illustration

Skills: Cross Platform: Mac/PC, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, HTML, CSS, Microsoft Office software, Final Cut Pro


Artinium, Inc. Lincoln, RI

  • Graphic & Web Designer, July 2009-present: print & web advertising, publication design, branding, web design, web maintenance, email marketing, package design, various other marketing materials

Southern New England WOMAN

  • Publication Designer, January 2010-present: Designed the premiere 60-page issue launching April, 2010.

Gates, Leighton & Associates East Providence, RI

  • Graphic Artist, 2005-2009: Branding, marketing collateral, photography, print ads, hand-drawn & computer graphics, presentation boards, layout of design guidelines & proposals

University of Miami Yearbook Miami, FL­­

  • Photographer & Designer, 2006-2009: Specialized in portrait photography

GT Events, Inc. Newport, RI

  • Brand Ambassador summers 2008/2009: Clients include Bud Light Lime and Stop & Shop

Relevent Miami, FL

  • Brand Ambassador, spring 2009: Clients include Victoria’s Secret and Havaianas

Artinium, Inc. Lincoln, RI

  • Graphic Design Intern, summer 2008: Print advertising, publication design, brand identity, website design, billboards, annual reports, email marketing, promotional items, trade shows


University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication, May 2009, GPA: 3.3/4.0
  • Double major in Visual Communication and Studio Art, minor in Marketing


  • Website for XO Cafe won American Graphic Design Award, 2011
  • Invitation for Gamm Theatre won American Graphic Design Award, 2011
  • Email Template for The Providence Biltmore won American Graphic Design Award, 2011
  • Single Print ad for City of Warwick won Best in Class 2010 by NEDA (Northeastern Economic Developers Association), 2010
  • Print Ad Campaign for City of Warwick won Superior in Class 2010 by NEDA,  2010
  • General Purpose Brochure, Tourism Brochure, Wedding Advertisement, and Homepage received Excellent Awards for City of Warwick by NEDA, 2010
  • Advertisement for Harry’s won American Graphic Design Award, 2010
  • Three pieces showcased in juried art exhibition in the Lowe Art Museum, Miami FL. May 2009
  • Cover design for Dr. Bruce Garrison’s 5th edition of Professional Feature Writing.  April 2009
  • Deans List in the School of Communication, 2007-2009
  • 1st Place Multimedia Project, NPPA, 2008
  • National Geographic photo camp, student teacher, 2006
  • Gold Key Scholastic Art Award. Spring, 2005