Melisa has studied graphic design at Columbia for four years, with plans to graduate in the winter of 2012, and always imagined she would end up in publishing. Her Portfolio Development professor, Zach Dodson, got wind that Bob was looking for designers for the Hokin team and suggested she look into it. “The best opportunities come in the form of an unexpected invitation,” Zach told her. With that in mind, she is honored, anxious, and extremely excited to have the opportunity to design for The Hokin this summer.
“The printed word has, since childhood, been my “thing.” Books and printed ephemera continue to feed me, reassure me, and allow me refuge. Whatever, I’m a dork. My interest in letterforms and their application to public spaces developed when I started paying attention to street art. I’m intrigued by public art of all kinds, recognizing the power of design for non-commercial purposes. I chose to be a graphic designer because I believe that good design, like good art, can be an excellent teacher, a meaningful expression of experience, and ultimately a catalyst for social change.” -Melisa Morgan