In this episode Melissa Showalter Art Director at Instrument joins Gary Rozanc to discuss the different roles and job titles at a digital agency such as Art and Creative Director, Technology Director and Developer, and Project Manager. Melissa does in depth about the similarities in print and web typography when compared to modernist design. Melisa also gives advice on what educators can do to help students hit their post graduation life running.
Melissa Showalter. Melissa is originally from Virginia, where she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Graphic Design and Media Studies. With a curriculum heavily influenced by modernist design and visited by influential guest lecturers such as Massimo Vignelli, Melissa was given the opportunity to grow a strong visual aesthetic and thoughtfulness to every design decision.
After graduating, Melissa took on the role Design Director of TODA’s New York office, a multidisciplinary design studio. She gained experience working on a range of projects, including; identities, websites, exhibit design, product design, print design, and editorial design for clients such as the AIGA, Daylong, and the American Foundation for the Blind.
Currently Melissa is an Art Director at An independent digital creative agency in Portland, Oregon where she collaborates with clients, developers, designers, producers, strategists, and writers to develop and create deceivingly simple and well-crafted digital experiences.
Melissa’s work has been featured in The Dieline, The Noun Project, Print Magazine, HOW, DesignBureau, Communication Arts, and Graphis.