Hi, I'm Melissa. Thing-maker, stuff-learner,

I earned my BFA in Graphic Design + History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude. After graduation, I took a sabbatical from design to study Biology at Malcolm X College and was certified as a Phlebotomist. After that, I found my way to the Adler Planetarium, where I spent two years making space-stuff. I currently make not-space-stuff with HDG.


As a designer, I have a special interest in designing for non-profits, museums and educational institutions.
I try to make things that are joyful and easy to use.


When I'm not at work, you can find me scootin' around Hyde Park with my scientist husband, touching things in museums, reading non-fiction and thinking about Yellowstone National Park,


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