Maria O'Brien-Hynes is Creative Director with CREATIVE EDGE. She has a passion for creativity and innovative design. Her love of design stems back to when she spent long days creating cards, posters and drawing ballgowns as a young child.
Maria studied a BA in Interior Architecture in Sligo IT, graduating in 2008. She subsequently worked for a number of years in industry before studying a BA in Visual Communications in Athlone IT.
She has been working as a freelance designer for the last 8 years.
Maria lectured with the Dublin Institute of Design from 2011 - 2017. She started as a Junior Lecturer, moving on to a Senior Lecturer eventually becoming Head of Department for Graphic Design after spending a number of months as Programme Coordinator. She played a massive role in the Graphic Design Programme being validated for QQI in 2014. In 2015 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Third Level Teaching and Learning with DIT.