Young Ones Student Awards

The Young Ones competition is one of the most acclaimed advertising, interactive and design student competitions. It has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1986.

2017 Young Ones Portfolio Web Design / Interactive / UX/UI Jury

Maral Zakharia


Michigan State

East Lansing/USA

Maral Minassian-Zakharia is an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Her multidisciplinary work covers all kinds of visual communication for a number of clients in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to moving to the United States, Maral worked in Beirut, Lebanon for five years as a senior art director for clients such as the Saudi Royal Family and Lebanese members of Parliament. She has worked as a self-employed web and graphic designer, taking on projects such as information architecture and website design for Loyola Marymount University's various divisions, among many others. Maral is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she earned a master of fine arts in design and technology. While at Parsons, she was awarded an ICT Fellowship by the Open Society Institute, as a result of which she traveled to Kyrgyzstan to support a non-governmental organization called Mental Health & Society. Her role focused on implementing new communication practices in information design and advocating for the causes of the NGO while working closely with the UNDP in Bishkek.




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