Graphic Designer/Mixed Media Artist

How Did I Get Here?

Leading with her positive attitude, Melissa is a creative professional seeking to develop designs and works of art for the community at large to unify and strengthen bonds within diverse groups of individuals. 


University of California, Davis
Double Major in Design & Psychology | August 2011 - June 2015


Santa Cruz Warriors | Marketing Coordinator/Graphic Designer

February 2017 - Present

  • Collaborate with Marketing department to create all collateral – print, digital, arena signage and more
  • Create compelling designs to support campaigns and initiatives; Develop new design concepts, graphics and layouts
  • Control quality of all projects, including proofing, and review prior to releasing final files for production
  • Create in-arena graphics content to support game operations
  • Bring visual creativity, craftsmanship, and innovation to applicable projects
  • Assist with facilitating the work plan and coordination between creative services of the Santa Cruz Warriors & Golden State Warriors
  • Create and monitor any and all marketing fulfillment for sponsorship activation

Freelance | Graphic Designer & Artist

August 2012 - Present

  • Create/edit designs from existing files, past materials, or conceptualize new visuals
  • Service a variety of businesses, such as GarageStar, Davis Glass & Screen,
    and Open Rice Kitchen with various graphic designs from business cards to banners, and more
  • Collaborate with management to promote specific brand principles in graphic designs
  • Retouch and restore images based on the needs of the client
  • Schedule meetings with clients to discuss project progress and review samples

Sutter Health Plus | Graphic Design Intern

October 2016 - February 2017

  • Work closely with the graphic design and marketing teams to create materials for both on- and offline promotions
  • Create graphics and design layouts for print ads, flyers, email newsletters, the blog, and social media accounts
  • Collaborate with the marketing department and support new on ongoing campaigns with design solutions
  • Help manage repository of brand assets, such as logos, photos, templates, etc.
  • Edit photos with attention to color balance, depth of field, and composition

EngNet Printing | Store Manager & Head Designer

June 2016 - October 2016

  • Manage production workflow; ensure all jobs are completed on time while maximizing print production efficiency
  • Lead and direct work intake and overall design project assignment process
  • Prepare, edit and troubleshoot a variety of file formats
  • Ensure smooth operations throughout the production and distribution life of a given product
    - Products include vinyl banners, t-shirts & apparel, vinyl stickers, business cards, postcards, and more.

Copyland | Printing Assistant & Graphic Designer

August 2015 - October 2016

  • Communicate with clients through customer assistance, answering phone calls, & managing multiple print jobs
  • Manage & complete several projects simultaneously, while consistently meeting deadlines and requirements
  • Provide basic maintenance on printing and binding machines and oil machines to ensure proper functioning
  • Utilize specialized tools and equipment to finish printed products, including spiral/tape book binding,
  • operating a hydraulic paper cutter, and poster mounting
  • Develop a system to eliminate any issues associated with inconsistencies in fabrication

Skills & Interests

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • AfterEffects
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Illustration
  • Print Operations/Design
  • Typography
  • Photography
  • Photo Manipulation
  • Video Editing
  • Wordpress
  • Maropost
  • Brush lettering/Calligraphy
  • Crafting
  • Drawing/Watercolor Painting
  • Lifting heavy things & then putting them back down
  • Mermaids
  • Reducing, Reusing, & Recycling