Based in Wellington New Zealand,
we work with brands around the world
to create beautiful effective designs.

Branding & Web Design Studio Wellington

who we are

The Studio

Making the world a more beautiful place,
one design at a time

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, CREATIVA is a Graphic & Web Design Studio that focuses on beautiful, simple, effective design. Since September 2014, the studio has been helping businesses, individuals, and organisations to create iconic brands, beautiful responsive websites, and elegant printed materials.

We are passionate about design, and we deliver outstanding results. We work closely with our clients, locally and overseas, to create brands that truly reflect their values and personalities. We achieve this by following a clear design process that helps us provide an integrated service, and by building a strong and collaborative relationship with our clients.

the team

Meet the CREATIVAs

Maribel Aburto

Creative Director - Branding & Web Designer - Co-founder

Maribel is a Branding & Website Designer, and our Director at CREATIVA. She is the head of design and takes care of the operations of the Studio. Since founding CREATIVA, she has discovered a real passion for business development and women empowerment. As a designer, her focus is always to deliver the best final product. With a positive attitude and great ability to learn new skills, she prides herself with the ability to translate ideas into clean designs.

Born in: Chile (based in New Zealand)
Fan of: Doctor Who & The Beatles
Can’t live without: Coffee and her glasses

Vera Padilha

Senior Graphic Designer - Co-founder

Vera has worked in the print graphic design sector in Brazil, France, and New Zealand for a range of organisations including design agencies, local governments, publishing companies, event organisers and clothing manufacturers. Since her family moved to Wellington, New Zealand, she worked as a freelance designer involved with the local Latin community producing marketing pieces for cultural festivals, concerts, and businesses.

Born in: Brazil (based in New Zealand)
Fan of: West African Dance
Can’t live without: A hair tie

Victoria Nation

Studio Assistant

Victoria (Vic) started out in the beauty industry, followed by working in the retail sector, she then took time out to raise her family. While doing so she became actively involved in various volunteer roles within her children’s kindergarten and school. Vic then retrained in administration. She enjoys working on the job at hand and social media and keeping up to date with the digital world. Vic also really enjoys organising events and is happy when delivering results.

Born in: New Zealand
Fan of:Shopping & sports
Can’t live without: My family, cellphone & chocolate

Hayley Clark

Content Writer & Editor

Hayley is a writer and editor who began her career in search engine optimisation (SEO), but now enjoys the challenge of writing on a myriad of topics, and editing anything on a page that stays still long enough. She has worked for companies all over the world on diverse topics from health and travel to cookware, conservation, recruitment, and even medical marijuana. A pedant at heart, Hayley enjoys searching for typos on restaurant menus, and helping clients showcase their unique brands and products through the written word.

Born in: New Zealand (based in Canada)
Fan of: Books, Pinot Noir, and the Oxford comma
Can’t live without:Sunscreen in summer

Thanh Huynh

Website Developer

Thanh worked as an office administrator for a while and she loved that not a single day was the same at work. However, as she’s always eager to learn more and to learn something different, she switched careers to website development. As a developer, her focus is to provide solutions and bring the most satisfaction to her clients. She is also a huge fan of agile & extreme programming methodologies. In 2017, she moved to Australia to live with her family.

Born in: Vietnam (based in Australia)
Fan of: Friends, The King of Queens
Can’t live without: television and music

Aya Lanzoni

SEO Specialist & Website Support

Aya has been writing for over a decade, honing her skills for copywriting and SEO strategy. She likes to keep learning new things and travel the world. Aya owns two dogs, Sammy and Cozy, and loves to spend time in her garden. She hopes to one day build a greenhouse for all of her plants.

Born in: Massachusetts, United States
Fan of: Beanies and Vespas
Can’t live without: Food (except cilantro)

Carolina Borquez

Graphic Designer

Carolina’s motto is “if you do it, do it right. She completed her study in graphic design in Chile with maximum grades and started her carrier as a graphic designer. Then, she decided to travel to New Zealand to improve her language skills and ended up building her family in Aotearoa. Art and design are her passion, she is always happy to work on new projects. In addition to working with CREATIVA, she is a resident artist at Corban Art State in Auckland.

Born in: Chile (based in New Zealand)
Fan of: Green tea and chocolate
Can’t live without: Dance and Music

Haydee Salgado

Graphic & Web Designer

Haydee worked for two years in the area of e-learning content and data design in Chile for a private technology platform company. When her family moved to California, United States, she worked as a freelance designer in the area of e-learning and editorial design. After some time dedicated to her children, she is eager and enthusiastic to be able to contribute to the world with a better design. She is always willing to learn and collaborate so that the project’s objectives are met.

Born in: Chile (based in the United States)
Fan of: Coco Chanel, Friends & Paris
Can’t live without: Champagne & Internet

how we work

Our design process

Planning Stage

Design Briefing – We can work with clients everywhere, but if you’re local we prefer to meet you to talk about your goals, needs, and budget.

Project Quote – From the first meeting, we create a design brief document and a quote of an estimated fixed-price for the project.

Design Stage

Research – We conduct research or study of the project; your industry, your personality, and particular branding strategy, to develop the best visual solution possible.

Drafts – We draft out the first ideas about the concept and the visualised design. We gather all graphic elements that need to be applied to the final product.

Development – We jump to the computer and start creating the proposal and mockups. Here is where the look and feel of the project are defined. We provide up to three different design versions.

Revision Stage

Proposal – We present the design versions (usually printed mockups), explain the design concept, and receive feedback from the client.

Changes – You choose your favourite version and we revise and adjust the design according to what the project needs. Here we make sure you are happy with the result.

Refine, Refine, Refine – We revise again and prepare the design files to meet the necessary requirements for its final production, this can be for printing or digital use.

Production Stage

For Printing Products – We can take care of the printing process and deliver the physical graphics piece, or provide the ready-to-print file to the client.

For Digital Products – We create a shared Dropbox folder for easy and quick access, and we release all original files to the client so they can be used whenever they are needed.

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