Melissa Pilkey

Web, Graphic and Editorial Designer

Creating designs since 2003

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I am a web, graphic and editorial designer living in Michigan, and enjoy creating clean, beautiful websites and designs.

- General Skills -

  • Advertising

  • Layout

  • Organizing

  • Crafting

  • Print/Digital

  • Photo Editing

  • Editing/Writing

  • Mac/Pc

  • Photography

- Experience -

  • Evolution Brands

  • 2016

  • Web Designer

  • Design and implement responsive web designs using HTML5, CSS3, and some PHP if needed.
  • Use child themes to modify and redesign WordPress websites.
  • Perform quality checks on websites, cross-browser testing and debugging.
  • Perform day-to-day website revisions, updates and any other requests.
  • Implement Google Analytics into websites and create various filters to gain more accurate analytics information.
  • Freelance

  • 2015-Present

  • Freelance Web Designer & Developer

  • Design website mockups utilizing Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and other software as needed.
  • Develop responsive websites using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and JavaScript, and PHP if developing a WordPress site.
  • Make sure all website assets are optimized properly for fast load times.
  • Run websites through validator to check for errors and test websites in various browsers for issues.
  • Voice Newspapers

  • 2010-2016

  • Designer & Copy Editor

  • Edit stories, letters and press releases for factual information and grammar.
  • Paginate special sections for newspapers as needed.
  • Design graphics as needed, process and retouch photos for print and online.
  • Keep all folders and files for newspapers organized and up to date.
  • Amphenol Sine Systems

  • 2008

  • Contracted Assistant Designer

  • Designed and created brochures, posters, tradeshow displays and other marketing pieces for Amphenol products.
  • Photographed products and retouched for use on website and other print marketing pieces.
  • Obtained quotes and information from printers to get the best finished product.
  • Voice Newspapers

  • 2007-2008

  • Page Designer

  • Designed graphics and special sections as needed for all newspapers.
  • Paginated weekly newspapers and prepared photos for print.
  • Communicated with photographers to get correct photos for stories.
  • Freelance

  • 2003-Present

  • Freelance Graphic & Editorial Designer

  • Design brand identity items as requested by client such as logos, business cards, letterhead, brochures, etc.
  • Design and layout catalogs, annual reports, newspaper advertisements, etc. as requested.

- Programs & Coding Skills -

- Awards -

  • 2012 Page One Publication Design

    Society of Professional Journalists - Detroit

  • 2013 Page One Publication Design

    Society of Professional Journalists - Detroit

- Education -

  • University of Florida

  • 2013-2015

  • M.A. in Mass Communications

  • Michigan State University

  • 2004-2006

  • B.A. in Advertising

  • St. Clair Comm. College

  • 2001-2004

  • Associate of Arts