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Melissa Sipin | Graphic Designer | PDF Portfolio

JDH F30 | Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613 (310) 561-7794


Mills College Master of Fine Arts, Prose Writing (Emphasis in Fiction) Awarded first full-tuition graduate assistantship in community engagement and narrative writing

JAN 2008 – DEC 2010 Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California Bachelor of Arts, English (Emphasis in Creative Writing) Minor in Philosophy \\ Major GPA: 3.78 \\ Overall: 3.40 Awarded USC Cardinal & Gold in Community Leadership Dean’s Lists in 2008–2010, Trojan Guild of Los Angeles

Relevant Experience JAN 2012 – PRESENT San Francisco, CA

Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Co-Editor of Newsletter

_ Edit press releases and newsletter drafts, pitch article ideas, and conduct author interviews _ Create monthly newsletter with CSS/HTML and MailChimp, disseminate newsletter to over 800 subscribers MAR 2011 – MAY 2012 Charleston, SC

Arcadia Publishing Production Editor

_ Copyedited and proofread according to the Chicago Manual of Style and Arcadia’s house style _ Developed electronic proofs for 5 book projects and design 5–10 book covers weekly with CS5 InDesign _ Scanned, batched, and leveled 220 vintage images with Adobe CS5 Bridge and Photoshop daily _ Spearheaded projects with production team, finishing 14 book titles weekly (+700 new titles annually) JAN 2009 – MAY 2012 Los Angeles, CA

TAYO Literary Magazine Cofounder and Creative Director

_ Facilitated national marketing campaign via online platforms, reaching an international audience in 2010/11 _ Directed production team, designed print/online magazine layouts, created awebsite _ Networked and planned magazine launches, readings, and workshops at regional conferences JULY 2010 – DEC 2010 Los Angeles, CA

Rabbi Naomi Levy (NY Times Bestselling Author) Publicist Intern

_ Researched for 50 media contacts daily, wrote and sent up to 20 press releases to news outlets weekly _ Booked social engagements, events, and flights, administrated website created by WordPress JAN 2009 – MAY 2009 Los Angeles, CA

GOOD Magazine Editorial and Marketing Intern

_ Pitched ideas for blog articles, co-wrote editorial work for Recession and Transportation Issue 015 _ Presented magazine at college outreach programs, visiting regional universities weekly


_ Teacher Assistant (Writer in the Community–English 400), facilitated by Aimee Bender // SPRING 2010 _ Panel Moderator (Creative Category), USC Undergraduate Writers’ Conference // SPRING 2010 _ Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honors Society // FALL 2009 – SPRING 2010 _ Academic Culture Assembly (Administrative Director) // FALL 2008 – SPRING 2009

Technical skills and qualifications

_ Expert in Adobe CS5 Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Microsoft Office Suite _ Skilled in CSS/HTML, designing websites via Wordpress, Buddypress, and Drupal _ Excellent in technical writing, copy editing: Associated Press Stylebook and Chicago Manual of Style


Logos from left to right Youth for the American Dream: nonprofit organization TAYO Literary Magazine: nonprofit organization Flying Fists Journal: literary magazine for Asian Americans TPYC: logo for student youth conference at USC The Blood-Jet Radio: nonprofit radio station for writers KL: journal for Philippine mythology and literature


Cover art from left to right TAYO Issue 2: literary magazine, 2010–2011 TAYO Issue 3: literary magazine, 2011–2012 Arcadia Publishing: Laotians in the San Francisco Bay Area (Images of America series)


Cover art from top to bottom Arcadia Publishing: Honolulu Town (IOA series) Arcadia Publishing: Coos Bay (IOA series) Cover art from top to bottom on the next page Arcadia Publishing: Bay Area Radio (IOA series) Arcadia Publishing: African Americans in Chicago (IOA series)


Posters/flyers from left to right FilAm Arts 19th Annual Festival Flyer: Front FilAm Arts 19th Annual Festival Flyer: Back USC Troy Philippines 13th Annual Pilipino Showcase: Front USC Troy Philippines 13th Annual Pilipino Showcase: Back


Posters/flyers from top right to bottom Free(dom) of Expression: a nonprofit dance workshop for inner-city children USC Troy Philippines 3rd Annual Mabuhay Festival: a yearly charity benefit for the Typhoon Ondoy victims Voices of Our Nations: annual writers of color workshop hosted by UC Berkeleyv

Layout samples from top to bottom TAYO Issue 2: Feature article on fiction writer Miguel Syjuco, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize, 2008 TAYO Issue 3: Feature article on poet Barbara Jane Reyes, winner of the James Laughlin Award, 2005, and finalist for the California Book Award, 2010 (continues on next page)


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