Melissa has been helping nonprofits and mission-driven businesses refine their brand design since 1995.
Since starting her business in 2005, Melissa has been guided by one very simple principle: Deliver great work for passionate, mission-driven clients who want to build a strategic creative partnership for the long term.
Part of that goal evolves from her style—she values good relationships as much as beautiful type or the perfect shade of blue—and part of it comes from her background: Her formal training is in product design (at Savannah College of Art & Design), so she’s particularly attuned to the importance of abiding a cohesive and holistic process. (Be prepared: diving deep in the process means there is sometimes “homework” for clients, but Melissa promises it will be fun.)
Her diverse experience—in graphic design, product design, environmental graphics, branding, and web design—comes from the years she worked as a designer and creative director at various dots on the map including Frances Meyer, Inc. in Savannah, GA, Stan Adler Associates in NYC, and Ecotrust (a wildly ambitious gang of conservationists) in Portland, OR. Since she’s been running the show, she’s honed her skills so that she can deftly cut through the marketing mumbo jumbo to get to the beating heart of a project.
While she doesn’t have many “rules,” there is one overriding mantra Melissa picked up from one of the industry’s phenoms, Dan Wieden (W+K): “The work comes first.” And she’s a stickler for getting things right the first time. (Her clients love this, by the way). Everything that leaves the studio is impeccably designed meet the dual standards of what her client needs and what is actually going to work in the real world. (Some clients have used the word “magical” when talking about what she does.)
Best of all, she truly cares about the work—and her clients.
Her clients get this. They feel it. And it’s why most of her clients have been with her for years. Because working with Melissa feels real. Real conversation. Real trust. Real partnership. And, of course, real results.