Digital creative
front-end developer content strategist designer writer and editor entrepreneur

I'm an experienced front-end developer with executive-level communication skills and a broad range of leadership experience.

I'm the founding editor of New Worker Magazine, cofounder of Pure Cure Technology, and am currently on the board of Women's Business Incubator.


My eclectic background includes living and working in four countries and seven states with extensive travel in 25+ countries and across the U.S.

Formerly a public high school teacher, my early career was in education for international students, recent immigrants and refugees.

I have a teaching certificate from Cambridge and a B.A. magna cum laude from UC Berkeley in Rhetoric (what?) and in natural resource policy.

In my early 20s I was an activist and a vagabond; these days I'm based in New York City and am mainly a developer and a writer.

I enjoy lending a hand so hit me up (bonus points if it has to do with humor, surveillance, or the land rights of indigenous peoples – or, if possible, all three).

Portfolio

Go right to view my work.

For the past 6 years I've done front-end development, responsive design, Wordpress, content strategy

for Fortune 100 companies, small business clients, and independent creatives and have built apps using jQuery, Angular, Node, Ruby on Rails, Javascript.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed A Home of Your Own, an interactive branded content microsite for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage which appears on finance site The Balance. This custom left-to-right animated scrolling experience takes the user through a journey for first time home buyers.

Wells Fargo

Chevron Techron

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed The Ultimate Upgrade, an interactive branded content experience for Chevron Techron which appears on ThoughtCo. This custom built site features interactive quizzes, animations, and a clickable car that reveals what's under the hood.

Chevron Techron

Universal Orlando

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed The Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando, a custom interactive map for Universal Orlando Resort. The Leaflet.js-powered map is pinned with key locations that correspond to article cards with more info, and category filters help users narrow the selection of attractions to view.

Universal Orlando

State Farm

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development
  • Development of Spanish language site features

I developed two microsites, one in English and one in Spanish, for State Farm. Each campaign features a video, an infographic, and six articles on The Balance.

State Farm

Antares Capital

Company website 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/PHP development
  • Wordpress design & development

Antares Capital is a premier middle-market lender managing 19 billion in assets. The company reached out to me with some additional needs for their website, including a new investor portal and a solution for a persistent iOS bug they'd been facing.

Antares Capital

Walt Disney World Resorts

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed Extend The Magic, an interactive, animated experience for Walt Disney World Resorts. This one-page scrolling site features multiple image carousels, expandable accordions, and little surprises like animated pullquotes and sparkles. Yes, sparkles.

Walt Disney World Resorts

Land Defense

Web app 2015

  • Ruby/Rails
  • SQL database
  • Front-end design & development

Land Defense is a web application I conceived and developed using Ruby on Rails. The app features user authentication and CRUD capability.

Intended for use by organizations seeking to report land use violations on indigenous-owned territory, this concept app includes sample news briefs gleaned from land violations in biodiverse areas like the Brazilian Amazon. The project is deployed on Heroku and the code lives in this GitHub repo.

Land Defense app

Face Dazzler

Web app 2015

  • Node, Express
  • jQuery
  • Front-end design & development

Face Dazzler is a web application I conceived and developed using jQuery and Node.

The app allows users to experiment with facial detection technology in real time. Included are tips to help thwart facial detection in real life, and stylized drag-and-drop overlays can be used to "break" the algorithm's ability to find a face online. Users can also upload a photo locally to test whether a face is detected. The project is on Heroku and the code lives in this GitHub repo.

Face Dazzler for Web

Target

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed Make Your Best Home Every Day, a promotional site for major retailer Target that appeared for the launch of The Spruce, a new home and garden site. The design features three sections of content in a Pinterest-style masonry grid.

Target

Musically Medicated: The Film

Feature-length film 2013

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Brand advising
  • SEO
  • Content editing

This feature-length documentary premiered at the 2013 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

I chose a one-page design for the site and used Bootstrap for its grid, fixed header and smooth scrolling.

Musically Medicated

Hot Smoked Pictures

Company website 2014

  • WordPress customization
  • SEO
  • Content inventory & audit
  • Content editing

Hot Smoked Pictures is a Canadian film production company headed by documentary filmmaker Gabi Kislat.

To enable non-technical staff to make updates to the website, I built the site on WordPress. The portfolio gallery landing page beautifully displays bold video stills and is enhanced by the whimsical movement of the images as they populate the page.

Hot Smoked Pictures

Verizon

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed Gifts Mom Wants, a product campaign for Verizon, which featured on tech site Lifewire for Mother's Day.

Verizon

Telecom for Charity

Company website 2013

  • Design & development
  • WordPress customization
  • Brand advising
  • SEO
  • Graphics
  • Content inventory & audit
  • Content writing & editing

An established telecommmunications consulting firm decided to start an embedded philanthropy initiative and reached out to me to build a site that targeted decision makers in both the business telecom and corporate-responsibility sectors.

Telecom for Charity

Wells Fargo

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed Grow Your Small Business, a microsite for Wells Fargo featured on The Balance.

Wells Fargo

Choice Hotels

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed 7 Trending Cities, a microsite for Sleep Inn Choice Hotels.

Choice Hotels

Disney Parks and Resorts

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed the Essential Walt Disney World Experiences sponsored content campaign for Disney Parks and Resorts. The site centers around a large video player; users can easily check out a series of custom videos using a swipe-able carousel.

Disney Parks

JP Consulting

Company website 2013

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Brand advising
  • SEO

JP Consulting works with executives in the field of international education.

I opted for a short one-page design that puts the company's message up front and center. Using Bootstrap gave the site its smooth scrolling and fixed navigation and enables it to easily be built on in the future.

JP Consulting

TimeCapsule

Web app 2015

  • Node, Express, MongoDB, jQuery
  • Mandrill email integration
  • Front-end design & development

TimeCapsule was a student group project built using the MEN stack, featuring user authentication and CRUD capabilities.

The app is a whimsical take on the NASA time capsule that was sent into deep space on the Voyager 1 in 1977. Using Mandrill's email service, the app will send users their time capsule five years in the future. The app is on Heroku and the code lives in this GitHub repo.

TimeCapsule

Plum Organics

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed a five-page microsite for Plum Organics. The branded content campaign features a video, an infographic, and multiple articles on Verywell.

Plum Organics

Chris Thayer

Stand-up comic 2016

  • Wordpress theme customization
  • Content audit

Chris Thayer is a stand-up comic who has written for Comedy Central, The Pete Holmes Show, JASH and Funny or Die. I reached out to him with ideas to upgrade his calendar and website.

I designed and built him a website on Wordpress so he could maintain it on his own, and implemented a new calendar system that integrates with his booking management tools.

Chris Thayer

Disney Cruise Lines

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed All Aboard for a Magical Disney Cruise, a three-page branded microsite for Disney Cruise Lines featured on travel site Tripsavvy.

Disney Cruise Lines

Zero Street Photography

Photography portfolio 2017

  • Artifical Intelligence design experimentation

Zero is a street photographer in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She wanted a portfolio site that was easy to maintain and as no-fuss as she is.

I was an early adopter of The Grid, an artificial intelligence-based website builder, and saw Zero's site as the perfect use case. Using only a trove of scanned black-and-white film images and one sentence of text, Zero's portfolio is as cutting edge, stark, and curiously unpredictable as her photography work.

Zero Street Photography

Simple Labs

Company website 2014

  • Content auditing
  • Content strategy
  • Messaging/branding

Simple Labs is a New York-based digital agency that also offers courses and training. The focus of this project was to audit and integrate the content from two separate websites into one.

Simple Labs NYC

Walgreens Flu Map

Interactive map 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development
  • jVectorMap implementation

I implemented a web-based interactive heat map demo based on seasonal CDC flu data from a similar ad unit for Walgreens.

The map utilizes jVectorMap, an open source vector-based component for interactive geography-related data visualization.

Flu Map

Ciné Co-op

Company website 2014

  • Content auditing
  • Development consulting

Ciné Co-op is a film production cooperative based in Montreal for which I've provided web consulting over the years.

Ciné Coop

Kristin Trammell

Photography portfolio 2015

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • jQuery animated gallery
  • Branding & content design

Kristin Trammell is a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. We worked together to select subsets of her work and curated them into themed collections for this site.

Kristin Trammell

Roddy O'Hare

Stand-up comic 2015

  • HTML/CSS design & development
  • Branding
  • Graphics & photo montage

For this site I chose a simple, bold design using a series of layered photos that convey the client's range as a performing artist. Included in the design is a small joke – just try the shamrock button.

Roddy O'Hare - stand-up comic NYC

Mimes of Wine

Band website 2012

  • CMS implementation
  • Content editing

Mimes of Wine is an Italian band based in Italy and the US.

Indexhibit was chosen as the content management system to run this site from due to its ease of use for the client and its spare, minimalist look which complements the band's sound.

Mimes of Wine

New Worker Magazine

Online magazine 2014–2016

  • Editorial direction
  • WordPress customization
  • Graphic design and art direction
  • SEO
  • Branding
  • Mailchimp, Sumo.me integration
  • Social media strategy

With 75 contributors in a dozen countries, New Worker Magazine is the digital publication for and by the global coworking community.

I continue to support the magazine by commissioning and editing content and rolling out new features.

New Worker Magazine

Denture Detox

Product website 2014–2017

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Content writing
  • Branding
  • SEO
  • WordPress theme design & development
  • Mailchimp, Sumo.me integration
  • Graphics

Denture Detox is an ecommerce website that also serves as a hub for information about denture toxicity. The landing page is a dedicated sales page designed for conversion. Email signups are supported by a timed modal that prompts visitors to join in exchange for an info product. The site drives three quarters of the company's sales.

DentureDetox.com

Pure Cure Technology

Company website 2010

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Branding
  • SEO
  • Content strategy, research & writing
  • Graphics

Aside from design/development of this Bootstrap site, I wrote all content on this site, aiming for readability for the general public while presenting research appropriate for medical, dental, and toxicology professionals. Uncommon features, like footnotes and citations, are kept from cluttering the page thanks to accordions and nested toggles.

Pure Cure Dental Technology

Datalize.me

Web app 2014

  • Front-end design
  • Social media campaigning

Datalize.me was a Ruby/Rails application built by my team over three days (on a bus!) during the 2014 StartupBus hackathon competition. The app offered users 'their personal API' by extracting their data from apps like Facebook and Twitter and porting it to other services via a restful API.

datalize.me

Blackjack game

Web app 2015

  • Javascript development
  • Gameplay design
  • Front-end design

This was my first student project building a game from scratch using vanilla Javascript. The project is deployed on GitHub pages and the code lives in this GitHub repo.

blackjack game

Selus

Website for fake app2016

  • Front-end development
  • Javascript development
  • Mockup adaptation

This mini project served to demonstrate how I build according to mockups given to me; I had no hand in the design but rather just implemented a responsive build in one sitting based off a desktop-only PSD file. The code lives at this GitHub repo.

selus app

Collective Decision Engines

Web application 2015

  • Sass development
  • Graphic design
  • UI consulting

Collective Decision Engines created a tool for market research that enables quadratic voting. In the app-based tool, users are given a limited number of votes to assign, presenting an interesting visual design challenge. I provide some UI (user interface) consulting and occasional updates in Sass.

CDE

ClinkedIn

Spoof web app 2016

  • Front-end design

Introducing ClinkedIn: the network for white-collar criminals serving jailtime, a project I built at the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon at NYU-ITP in Feb 2016. A send up of LinkedIn's landing page features Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Enron CEOs and other inside traders and securities fraudsters, and comedic profiles thereof.

ClinkedIn

The Void

Faux Literary Magazine 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/PHP

I often grapple with the notion that despite all we do, there is no point. My time-honored way of dealing with this is through a gallows humor that sometimes surfaces in little one-hour projects like these. The Void is a literary magazine that will never publish a single piece of writing; though I built the site to have a functional submission portal, all work that writers submit to The Void will be ignored – perhaps profoundly so.

For fun, the magazine also keeps an active Twitter account that retweets people's commiseration at the fact that writing is fatuous. Submit away.

The Void Lit Mag

Map of every coworking space in greater NYC

Interactive map 2016–2017

  • Angular development
  • Front-end design
  • Google Maps integration

I created the first map and comprehensive listing of every coworking space and shared workspace in the greater NYC metro area as an open source project. Whether you're in Long Island or Staten Island, if you're looking for shared workspace, this is the resource.

NYC coworking map

Writing

I write for online magazines and industry publications.

Recently I've had essays published on the myth that scholarships help you pay for college, how to deal with knowing there are tons of other people like you trying to make a buck on the internet, and the impending breakdown of political discourse in civil society. For something on work and purpose, see the vanity trap that well-meaning millennials fall into, or why I choose to juggle multiple types of work.

Press

Most of my appearances in the press are related to my work, my writing, or my role within coworking.

I've appeared on CBS This Morning and have been interviewed by Shareable, Deskmag, NY Tech and in podcasts like The Naked Freelancer, QNY News and Curious World. My most recent interview is in Social Workplaces (December 2016).

Publications like Business Insider have quoted me on how I work, why I started a housing cooperative in the Bay Area, how I lived abroad as a language teacher, why I moved to Guatemala instead of getting a job after college, being a woman of color working with refugees and immigrants, why I left public school teaching, how I've gone uninsured nearly my entire life, and overcoming disempowerment as a young adult.

I also dispense advice on things like millennial careers, creative business, work/life balance (or lack of it), how to rock renting on Airbnb, and the best books for teaching and learning Spanish.

Michelle Obama as guest editor chose me for a feature in August's issue of the women's print magazine More on first-generation college graduates. I was profiled in the 2016 book The New Better Off: Reinventing The American Dream by Courtney Martin and, most recently, I appear as one of the 52 people in the 2017 book Habits and Attitudes: 52 Profiles of Amazing Individuals by Lance Casszza.

get in touch.

email@melissamesku.com

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