AIGA FELLOW: NAMED BY AIGA SAN DIEGO, 2008
MaeLin Levine and her sister/business partner, Amy, grew up in Leadville, Colorado, a very small town in the mountains at 10,400 feet in elevation, where they learned to ride horses, swim competitively and cultivate their creative souls. Levine then attended and graduated from the University of Denver with a BFA in graphic communications design, studying under her mentor, Judy Anderson. Levine moved to San Diego in 1987, opened Visual Asylum and helped to form the AIGA/San Diego Chapter. She has served as a board member, communications chair, “Y Conference” chair, vice president and finally president of the chapter for a four year term. Additionally, Levine participated in the AIGA national board nominations committee for two consecutive years. Levine is a committed instructor of design at San Diego City College, where she has been part of the adjunct faculty for more than 14 years.
Along with her Visual Asylum partners, Amy Levine and Joel Sotelo, she does work for clients such as the MGM Grand Las Vegas, National Geographic School Publishing and AVA MD-Medical Spa. Levine enjoys working on a wide variety of projects including product identity and packaging, themed restaurant identity and signage design as well as educational materials.
Levine adopted two young girls, Karen, 13, and Kassandra, 6, in 2004, and is the lead petitioner and president of the board of trustees of a new K-6 charter school opening in the fall of 2008 in downtown San Diego.