We help people make meaningful connections with your brand story.
Visual Asylum is passionate about intuitive, fearless design solutions that exceed the expectations of our clients and their customers. We’re problem-solvers, committed to raising the bar by blending award-winning design with trail-blazing strategy.
We specialize in identity – bringing brands to life through thoughtful design, visual language toolkits, built environments, signage and digital solutions.
An award-winning team of design professionals.
Partner / Creative Director
MaeLin Levine is the Partner and Creative Director of Visual Asylum. Her work has been nationally recognized by multiple organizations. She was also awarded the prestigious AIGA Fellow Award in 2008. Originally from Leadville, Colorado, Levine holds a BFA in Graphic Communications Design from the University of Denver and participated in the AIGA professional program at Harvard Business School.
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MaeLin served on the board of the San Diego Chapter of AIGA – the professional association of Graphic Artists – for sixteen years and was president for four years. In that role she was part of the team that envisioned and launched the Y Conference, now in it’s 20th year, and developed the first ever international chapter of the organization.
More recently Levine has turned her attention toward a new passion project as President of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Discovery Academy (UDA) – a highly successful K-8 charter school. This unique learning environment integrates the creative DNA of Visual Asylum into its curriculum and character development programs. Levine is also a design instructor at San Diego City College, where she has served as an adjunct faculty member for nearly twenty years.
Levine’s hallmark style incorporates bold use of color and whimsical touches, and she is inspired by Alexander Girard, Charles & Ray Eames, Edith Head, folk art, toys, dolls, fabric and paper. Collaborative by nature, MaeLin appreciates working with clients who challenge the status quo and value the big picture.
Partner / Design Director
Amy Levine a Partner and Design Director of Visual Asylum. Amy’s noteworthy career spans twenty years and encompasses art direction, design and production of two and three dimensional graphic communication pieces. With a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, Levine is a Colorado transplant who now considers San Diego her home.
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Prior to Visual Asylum she worked with agencies in both cities including Davidson Communities, Oliver McMillan, Blanchard Training and Development and Lomas Group. Her work has been recognized by numerous organizations, including International Typographic Design, International Self Promotion, Print Magazine, How Magazine, CommArts Magazine, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Type Directors Club and CASE Studies Magazine.
Levine has served on the board of directors for the San Diego Chapter of AIGA – the Professional Association of Graphic Artists – for over 15 years. She is a past president of the organization and during her tenure was appointed chair of the AIGA Y Conference in 2013 and 2014. Amy also teaches Advanced Typography at San Diego City College.
Amy’s passion and natural talent for the design of the built environment are pivotal attributes for the studio, from themed restaurant design to museum exhibition graphics. Amy has a refined sense of the art of fine typographic design as well as exposure to fiber arts and product design that influence the work of the studio.
Mariam Bier began her work with Visual Asylum in 2012 as a graphic designer after completing an internship with the agency. She is a graduate of the award-winning design program of San Diego City College. Bier is also an active member of the AIGA San Diego Chapter, and has served on multiple committees, including the Y-19 Conference.
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Bier’s design aesthetic is a mix of modern meets nostalgia with a touch of folk art, and she’s drawn to bold patterns and mid-century modern design. She believes the best design solutions emerge when generous room for creativity is allowed. Bier feels fortunate to design for a wide range of educational institutions, and credits much of her professional accomplishments to her involvement with art education at a young age.
Mariam finds inspiration from an eclectic variety of sources and has a particular appreciation of the intricacies of event creation – including tablescapes, decor and multi-media. Bier previously worked for the San Diego State University newspaper, The Daily Aztec, as a photographer, is an avid crafter and color lover.
Heber Miranda joined the VA design team in 2012. He completed undergraduate work at both San Diego State University and San Diego City College. Miranda received the Best of Environmental Graphic Design Award at the 2013 AIGA Student Portfolio Exhibition. He also led print design for the newly opened Central Branch of the San Diego Library.
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Miranda is an active member of the San Diego Chapter of AIGA and the Type Director’s Club, and is a self-declared typomaniac. A problem-solver by nature, his passion for letters and typography is the driving force in his design aesthetic, brought to life with the use of vibrant color.
Heber’s best work emerges with clients who are willing to step outside their comfort zone and explore new and unexpected design solutions. In his spare time he facilitates calligraphy and lettering workshops at San Diego City College and SDSU.
Collaboration is our nature.
Visual Asylum is a collaborative partner in the truest sense of the word – functioning as a seamless extension and creative resource for your organization. With twenty-seven years of experience, we’ve found that our best work emerges in atmospheres that strive to look beyond the obvious and challenge the status quo.
Our commitment to an exceptional quality of work includes a passion for finding talented, like-minded organizations as key partners. From built environments to signage to stunning print products, we leave no stone unturned in vetting the best of the best for each specific client and project.