I'm a software engineer

and writer .

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

I've lived and worked in 4 countries and 7 states and have traveled extensively in 25+ countries and across the U.S.

Formerly a public high school teacher, my early career was in education for 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.

writing

1 of 5: Oh, this modern world:

2 of 5: Travel and place:

3 of 5: Misfits:

Writing and craft:

5 of 5: Tech and internet culture:

dev portfolio

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo

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.

Clorox

Clorox

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed Clean and Healthy Winter, a branded content experience for Clorox. The custom illustration is actually a Leaflet.js-powered map, pinned with key locations that correspond to article cards with more info.

State Farm

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 multiple articles on The Balance.

Antares Capital

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.

Land Defense

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.

Zero Street Photography

Zero Street Photography

Photography portfolio 2017

  • AI design experimentation

Zero is a Lower East Side street photographer. 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.

Google Store

Google Store

Branded content 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development

I developed a filterable holiday gift guide sponsored by Google Store, which appeared on tech site Lifewire for the 2017 holiday season.

Hot Smoked Pictures

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.

Ciné Coop

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.

Denture Detox

Denture Detox

Product website 2014–2017

  • Front-end design & development
  • Content writing
  • SEO
  • WordPress theme design & development
  • Mailchimp, Sumo.me integration

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.

Walt Disney World Resorts

Walt Disney World Resorts

Branded microsite 2017

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation, an interactive, animated experience for Walt Disney World Resorts. This one-page scrolling site features multiple image carousels, expandable sections, and little surprises like animated pullquotes and sparkles. Yes, sparkles.

Collective Decision Engines

Collective Decision Engines

Mobile 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.

NYC Coworking Map

NYC Coworking Map

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.

Time Capsule

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.

Walgreens Flu Map

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.

Face Dazzler

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.

press

I've appeared on CBS This Morning and have been interviewed by Social Workplaces, Shareable, Deskmag, NY Tech and on podcasts The Naked Freelancer, QNY News and Curious World. My most recent interview was April 2018 in Share Desk's Future of Work series.

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, creativity in business, renting on Airbnb, how I've gone uninsured nearly my entire life, and overcoming disempowerment as a young adult.

Literary print magazine Carve interviewed me in their Summer 2018 issue, and my writing has been reviewed in The Rumpus, Wildness, and The Review Review.

In 2015, I appeared in a feature on first-generation college graduates, in women's print magazine More. In 2016, I was profiled in the book The New Better Off: Reinventing The American Dream by Courtney Martin, and I appear as one of the 52 people in the forthcoming book Habits and Attitudes: 52 Profiles of Amazing Individuals.

contact

get in touch.

email@melissamesku.com

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