Page 1

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)


Melissa Sipin's Portfolio  

Melissa's design portfolio