Melissa J. Stone
Professional History
I have extensive experience in all areas of graphic design; marketing communications, print design, digital production, web site design, corporate design, branding, identity systems and graphic design education. I have held positions as Senior Graphic Designer, Design Director, Assistant Professor: Graphic Design, Visual Communications Department Chair, Founding Director: DesignWorks at MCAD, and In-House Graphics & Production Manager at World Products Inc. in Sonoma, CA. Additionally, I have successfully operated a graphic design and illustration freelance business for 20 years.
I have been a catalyst for change in every company from the beginning of my career; either in a personal or professional way. As my career has progressed, I have been sought out as someone who instills confidence while instituting change, making sure that a healthy respect for history and its stakeholders are considered. I embrace change and I implement designs and methods that succeed. Finding a workplace that encourages education, expansion, diversity, exploration, team building, personal growth, entrepreneurialism and that one is encouraging of the creative spirit, is what interests me.
My design work is as diverse as my professional experience and each project reflects the concentrated effort of designer and client, working together to solve the challenges of the project. In my experience, producing a successful brochure, web site or business card (any project, big or small) is based on trust, good communication, idea sharing, research, and
reliable information.
Marketing Communications • Diverse Professional Background 
Design Management
Educational Entrepreneur
Design Education & Training
Corporate Design
Branding Guru (Identity Systems & Style Guides)
Digital Illustration
Print & Digital Production
In-House Design Experience
UI/UX – Visual Design
College Level Teaching Experience (15+ years)
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, California
MFA Program - Media Design Program
Concentration: Multimedia & Interactive Design
Thesis: club G.I.R.L. - An Online Community for girls 8-12
Degree: MFA
California College of the Arts
Oakland, California
Division of Design: Graphic Design & Photography (double major)
Degree: BFA
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Division of Design: Graphic Design & Photography
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