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Hi there, I am Mari-Heleen Kurikka and I have been creating designs for Vapiano Finland and Baltcis for the last 4 years. My relationship with Vapiano is long and started at 2011, I have worked for Vapiano in various restaurants (EST, GER and FIN) and from 2014 to 2019 I was the general manager in Mikonkatu Vapiano.

I have studied multimedia and photography, so my skills include: web design, video and animation design, photography, videography and much more. Mostly these days I do all creative print and animated designs for all Baltic and Finnish Vapianos.

I know Vapiano by heart and I have also now worked for KFC, by creating website for them and various ads that are needed for the website (web banners, or opening statements).

I am much more than just a designer. I help Vapiano with creative ideas daily, I have a wide knowledge of the business side too and I am good in communicating in 3 languages – English, Estonian and Finnish. I like to play with open cards and I am very honest in what I do, that’s one of the things people like about working with me. My previous employers describe me as trustworthy, outgoing employee and I never miss a deadline.


I have created the Vapiano websites for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. Also some smaller sites like teamtalor for Finland or HR website for Estonian Vapiano (old design). 
Also I created the new temporary website for KFC in Finland. 

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Designs (static)

Print, newspapers, restaurant stands, big billboards, escalators, window stickers, flags – I have done it all and according to the collaboration needs. 


This video includes animations also done for other clients too, but it has also Vapiano in it. 

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I help Vapiano with various photoshoots that are not organised by Headquarters, this means special dishes or campaigns. Usually every photoshoot has a theme – like seafood specials, or autumn and “homelike” feels etc. 

Drinks and atmosphere photos of Vapiano

Sometimes it is necessary to create just images from atmosphere or drinks.
I have created thousands of photos of various situations, here are just a few of them.

Vapiano restaurant visuals

HQ does not provide photos of local restaurants, therefore I create them if needed.
Usually this is for shopping centres, press and social media.

Vapiano events

Sometimes an opening, sometimes just a party – when ever it was needed, I came to take photos of the event for press or just for HR to show off the exciting life in Vapiano.

Instagram social media feed look for VAPIANO on 2018-2019
(My images + Vapiano germany images)

This is a layout of when I managed Vapiano Instagram. It includes a lot of my own photos and HQ photos. My idea was to show the diversity of Vapiano – it is a place for everyone. By doing various campaigns (for free) on Facebook I managed to grow Vapiano Finland page by +10 000 new people in less than 8 months. 

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