WELL, HELLO THERE.

My name is Melissa, I’m 27 years old & I live, work & play in Buffalo, NY. I’m an artist by nature and a communication designer by trade. I attended several colleges, but I graduated with my BFA in Communication Design from The University at Buffalo in 2010.

I’m fascinated by the visual world in which we live – & my job is pretty amazing; make the world around us look damn good. Being a fine artist before igniting my passion for design, the majority of my work is personal, and hand made. Put your heart in it; if not, why waste your time?

When I’m not creating, I enjoy watching movies, spending time with the important people in my life and discovering new brews to swig on.

You can download my resumé here

P R I N T D E S I G N

I work directly with local and outside print agencies to take any digital designs from screen, to print. This includes window clings, event signs, direct mail pieces, postcards, invitations, save the dates, and variable data projects.

P H O T O G R A P H Y

With no formal training, I somehow managed to be a local jeweler’s product photographer for almost 2 years. Outside of professional experience I’ve always been interested in photographing people, and places as a hobby.

D I G I T A L D E S I G N

I work for companies and individuals in need of creative services. This includes, but is not limited to: identity, packaging, sign, email, and social visual designs.

F I N E A R T

My work is primarily a mix of collage and drawing. I’ve been attracted to figure drawing since day one and it remains my passion. I often work with the human form, emotion and historical references in a rather abstract way.

W E B D E S I G N

I work primarily with the WordPress Platform and have knowledge in both CSS and HTML. I’ve given life to healthcare, event landing pages, personal portfolios, and local retail websites throughout my career and continue to build upon my foundation of skills with every completed project.

B L O G G I N G

I’ve been blogging casually since I was a teenager and more recently it’s shifted into a fascinating hobby which takes up a lot of my free time. I run a free graphic resource site called Brushchick. Check it out!

P R I N T D E S I G N

Don’t try and reinvent the wheel – just work

on making it better than anyone else.

— DAVID A. STUEBE

D I G I T A L D E S I G N

Work your ass off. Don’t be an asshole.

— STEFAN SAGMEISTER

W E B D E S I G N

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.

— SALVADOR DALI

 

 

P H O T O G R A P H Y

I try to take my camera everywhere with me so that I’ll be ready when unicorns crapping rainbows come flying in from the heavens.

— ROBERT OTANI

F I N E A R T

There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something.

— THOMAS EDISON