Welcome Eli James! Born June 17, 2015


The Common Plate

I had the pleasure of creating the graphic identity for Carolyn Barger's food blog The Common Plate. Carolyn is a dear friend who has a deep love of food and creating delicious meals for her family and friends. She decided to share that love by creating a food blog with some of her favorite recipes to which she has added her own special twist. I so enjoyed creating the image above and hand drawing the typography, it was so fun to get to collaborate with a friend on her new venture. Go check out her wonderful recipes! 




I'm really inspired by this TED talk with Rita Pierson, watch it, especially you, educators! It's wonderful :)

Enjoy this beautiful weekend!

- Melissa



Well if there is something more enjoyable than dying Easter eggs then let me know, cause man, that was fun! If you are into color relationships as much as I am, things are about to get really exciting for you. I bought the simple PAAS brand and had a ball with some kiddos. Highly recommend this activity to usher in Spring with some color! Soon enough there will flowers dotting our landscapes with color, can't wait!

Happy Spring! - Melissa


Interviews to come!


Hi, everyone! I haven't been posting as much as I have been trying to work on a lot of things and my time was short! I am dedicating more time to this blog, and have two fun interviews coming up with 3 awesome women!

To give you a sneak peek of one such interview, here are some images of some spectacular murals which my friends Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn created. Jessie and Katey attended college with me at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and they were always incredibly inspiring to me. These artists did not conform to fads and their work has been created out of incredible ingenuity and creativity. Extremely community minded & connected, Jessie received her Masters of Community Art from MICA after we graduated in 2005, and has continued to work with members of the Baltimore community to take once blighted places and turn them into vibrant pieces of art.

You would be hard pressed to find two funnier and creative ladies, I feel super lucky I was able to meet them during my time at MICA!

Here are some photos to whet your appetite for the full interview coming soon!