Hiya! My name is Mel (Melissa to my family, Mel L Cool J to Amazon.com).
While growing up in “The City of Destiny” Tacoma, WA, I found my own destiny after I converted a lemonade stand into a custom greeting card “business” & discovered my passion for creative communication. I officially began pursuing graphic design in high school and moved to Portland, OR in 2007 to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 2011, I graduated with honors & a BFA in Communication Design.
Since that time, I’ve gained a wealth of experience through freelance advertising, branding & illustration as well as in-house-everything for a small, upscale grocery chain.
A master of both hands-on analog creation & all things Adobe software, my style & skill set varies widely. If you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades designer for your next project, I may just be your gal.
In my spare time you can find me: drawing, cooking, antiquing, running, gardening, learning Spanish and playing with my dog Rita.
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
Final Cut Pro & Premiere Pro video editing
Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel & Word)
Branding & identity principles
Keynote & Powerpoint presentation building
Digital product photography & photo editing
Type design & typography principles
Handlettering & Illustration
Social media management
- HTML & CSS coding Wordpress CMS
- Motion Graphics & .gif Creation
- Letterpress & Screenprinting
- Email Marketing
- Currently learning Spanish