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First Job: Running a pet-supply kiosk in a farmer’s market.
Fictional Hero: Donna Noble, the fiercest and most loyal companion the Doctor ever had.
Favorite Gadget: I love my Kindle Paperwhite, although my Roku 3 is a pretty close second.

Melissa is a 20-year veteran of the creative industry (30, if you count doodling fonts in her math notebook), and has worked in print, web, video, photography and copywriting in corporate, military and freelance agency environments. A 7-year veteran of the US Air Force, she received her degree in visual information production from the Community College of the Air Force before going on to graduate with a BFA in graphic design from the Art Institute of Tampa and an MFA in Media Design from Full Sail University.

She shares her love of all things design-and-brand related with her students at the University of Tampa where she currently teaches principles of design and typography to a new generation of graphic designers.

If you ask her about her design philosophy, you’d better get comfortable because there’s nothing she’s more passionate about (except possibly her Boston Terrier, Maya).

“I firmly believe the future of design will be shaped not by the growth of technology or globalization of business, but by designers with the foresight to anticipate the impact of our work on the human condition, the insight to understand how we might use that impact for good, and the hindsight to learn from—and not repeat—our inevitable mistakes.”