Name

Melissa Swanson

About

I’m a quirky graphic designer and illustrator with lots of companion animals (current count 6 rats, 3 cats, 1 quail… all rescues). Fangirl, feminist and geek!

I currently work as the Graphic Designer Manager at Lancer Hospitality. Strictly digital work these days, doing menu boards, venue designs and other collateral for our various clients including Science Museum of Minnesota, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Minnesota Zoo, Xcel Energy, Woodland Park Zoo, colleges in MN, WI, TX, WA, and other venues around the country where my company does the food service/catering.

Incredibly varied work and high speed/pressure. Never a dull moment, though, and I love my fellow designers and marketing team!

In-house volunteer designer, illustrator and sometime-video-editor for YogaQuest in Minneapolis, MN. Freelance illustration and design for Brass Dog Games in St. Paul, MN. Volunteer intermittent designer/illustrator with Compassionate Action for Animals.

Experience

Graphic Design Manager

Lancer Hospitality, Mendota Heights, MN

Same as Senior Designer, with added managerial responsibilities and art direction.

Senior Graphic Designer

Lancer Catering, Mendota Heights, MN

Digital layout of menu boards, flyers, ads, signage, collateral for a wide variety of clients ranging from schools (K-12, college), businesses, zoos & aquariums and individual catering clients. The promotion to Senior Designer includes a slant towards a leadership role, more important projects and more personal responsibility.

Graphic Designer/Production

Lancer Catering, Mendota Heights, MN

Digital layout of menu boards, flyers, ads, signage, collateral for a wide variety of clients ranging from schools (K-12, college), businesses, zoos & aquariums and individual catering clients.

Store Graphic Artist

Whole Foods Market, St. Paul, MN

With the company since May 2004. In signmaker position from March 2007 – May 2015. Emphasis on hand lettering, hand drawn illustration with chalk markers, and creation of various digital design collateral and social media images following company branding standards.

Education

BS in Broad Area Art

UW-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Minored in Professional Writing – Creative emphasis.

Clients

  • YogaQuest
  • Vegan Mainstream
  • Compassionate Action for Animals
  • Animal Rights Coalition
  • Brass Dog Games
  • Cadenza Music

Skills

  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Photography
  • Puns
  • Writing
  • Video Editing
  • Photo Editing
  • GIF creation