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Hi there! I'm Melissa. Thanks for stopping by. You can think of me as your design bestie with lots of tricks up her sleeve. Nice to meet you! Born in Brooklyn and raised in Jersey, I carry over 7 years of school under my belt and hold a BFA in Graphic Design. Some of my other studies were photography, philosophy, illustration, and writing. My BFA show explored the evolution of the mind though my personal life experiences, by presenting a series of digital work that combined photography, poetry, and music. It was a journey to say the least.

As a professional, I have been freelancing since 2006 and have experience in all types of graphic design and the arts. Through the years, I've been grateful for the work that has come my way and feel so lucky to be able to do what I love. My clients include DaVinci Roofscapes, Kayu, Terri Cole, Sheherezade, Kate Smith, Patti Green, Christine Gutierrez, Tatiana Dellepiane, Valsecrets, MedPowerMyra Entertainment, and many more. I like to work with people from various fields which has given me a wide range of projects to apply my aesthetic. I have also written for Patch.com, as well as edited texts and books, so if you need writing copy or editing, just ask. I like to think that I bring a lot to the table when working with a client. Besides my skills and experience as a designer, my love for fine arts, photography, and stationery gives me a nice well rounded perspective when tackling a project. 

I currently live in Long Island with my husband Dan, son Elliot (5.22.16), and two dogs, Olive and Jenny. Being earth friendly is just a part of life for me, as I am a nature girl at heart. My other interests are cooking, reading, and interior design to name a few. I love music and can play bass and guitar, although I don't do much of it these days. I'm a proud vegetarian for 10 years strong and am happy to raise my son the same. To have a loving and positive view of the world, while believing all creatures are equal is very important to me. My goal in life is to be happy and bring as much beauty to people's lives as I can.

 
 
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* I am also a Squarespace Circle member, which allows me 6 month trial periods
and a 20% discount for my clients, as well as optimized customer care.

 
 

Feel free to contact me about any of my services. Please give me 2 business days to respond. I look forward to speaking with you!

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policies

  • I use Paypal for all invoices and I accept half
    deposit or full payment to start
  • All final files will be sent when project is paid for
  • A 10% increase will be added to fee starting 5
    days after unpaid invoice
     

rates

  • Hourly: design rate $75 / web rate $150
  • Website updates + maintenance $50/hr
  • Revisions to prior projects $25 flat fee+
 

creative services


 

network package

- $50 -

Project includes Facebook cover image, Twitter Banner, and Etsy shop or Blog banner. Final files are JPG format. Turnaround time is 3 business days.

event promo package

- $35 -

Project includes 2 promos and Facebook cover with 1 concept and revision. Final files are JPG format. Turnaround time is 3 business days.

newsletter set up

- $75 -

Project includes Mailchimp newsletter template and sign up form/page. Turnaround time is 5 business days. Newsletters are $25 each.

 

flyer design + one pager / $150

Project includes 1 concept and 3 revisions. Final file is JPG and PDF formats, PSD/AI if needed. Turnaround time is 1 week. Further revisions are additional fees. (printing fee not included)

logo design / $350

Project includes one logo design, up to 3 concepts, and 3 revisions. Final files are PSD/AI, PDF, JPG and PNG format. Turnaround time is 2 weeks. Further revisions are additional fees.

business card design / $100

Project includes 1 concept and 3 revisions. Final files are JPG and PDF formats, PSD/AI if needed. Turnaround time is 1 week. Further revisions are additional fees. (printing fee not included)

branding style sheet / $150

A nice way to organize your branding elements. Project includes custom color palette, design elements and font choices with up to 2 revisions. Final file in PDF format. Turnaround time is 5 business days. 

media kit PDF / $300

Project includes one concept, 3 revisions, and 3 pages. Final file in PDF format. Turnaround time is 2 weeks. Images supplied by client. (add. pages are $25 each)

 

brochure DESIGN / $300+

Project includes one concept and 3 revisions. Bi-fold or tri-fold brochure. Final files are JPG/PDF format. Turnaround time is 2 weeks. Images supplied by client. (printing fee not included)

BOOKLET/CATALOG DESIGN / $650+

Project includes 8 pages and 3 revisions. Final files are JPG/PDF format. Turnaround time is 3 weeks. Images supplied by client. Additional pages are $75 each. (printing fee not included)

LOOK BOOK / $800+

Project includes 12 pages/6 spreads with 3 revisions. Final file in PDF format. Turnaround time is 2 weeks. Additional pages are $30 / spreads $50. 

website design / $700

Project includes up to 5 pages and 3 revisions. Online platforms only (Wordpress, Squarespace, etc..) Images supplied by client or I can include some from my collection. Turnaround time is 1 month. Additional fees may apply.

sales opt in or event web page / $200+

Project includes 1 page added to your website or other platform and 2 revisions. Images supplied by client or I can include some from my collection. Turnaround time is 2 weeks and additional fees apply depending on completion time of project.

 

testimonials


 
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Melissa (Gray Star Design) is awesome!! She has been easy to work with, professional and really efficient and creative in taking my ideas and putting them into marketing materials that are classic and appealing. Her response time is a relief, the prices are fair and her sense of humor and down to earth collaboration is a God-send. I look forward to continuing to work with her and would recommend her to anyone!
~ Kerry Shay, MA LPC

 
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Melissa is a talented graphic designer who understands the complexity of creating a brand. She has creatively transformed my brand image to complement my business and personality. Her work ethic is stellar - she listens and delivers everything in a timely matter! She is the best!
~ Patti Green, Wellness and Lifestyle Coach

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I love working with Melissa for all of my graphic needs. She is a total pro! Always a fast turn around time, always keeps her word and is full of great ideas that most of the time I never would of thought on my own. I really feel like the kind of care and skill that Melissa puts into every project is rare. I am so grateful I found her!  
~ Terri Cole, Licensed Psychotherapist, Transformation Coach, and Mentor

 
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Words don't even do justice how instrumental Melissa has been and is in my business. But I will try. She is part branding guru, meets design doula, birthing the most gorgeous images for me and my business. She takes my ideas and my words and turns them into gorgeous visual masterpieces for my clients to truly FEEL the words. My business has begun to feel like me. My business is my soul business and up until I met Melissa it didn't feel like me. She totally re-designed my website, does all my images for my quotes, takes my newsletters and turns them into magic, and does the most amazing design for my retreats and events. Not only is the design amazing but the paper and packing too.
~ Christine Gutierrez, Licensed Psychotherapist, Life Coach, and Speaker

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Melissa is a branding and marketing genius. She has helped me develop my brand literally from the ground up. She has a simple yet edgy style that allows her to streamline ideas into a beautiful finished product. I am so grateful for the work she has done to help me launch a business that grows more successful by the day!
~ Elizabeth Spohr-Russinko, Handlettered Artist and Owner of This (Un)Scripted Life

 
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I am so glad that I decided to work with Melissa on my card project for my business. I had vetted 4 other designers/card-makers, and Melissa was by far the most responsive, warm, fairly-priced, and invested in my project. As soon as we started working together, I felt confident I had made the right choice. She works quickly, collaboratively, and her work is beautiful. I couldn't believe how fast we were able to get this done. I had anticipated 3-4 weeks and within a week I already have the printed cards. I couldn't be happier with her work and look forward to finding other projects to work with Melissa on in the future!
~ Kimberly Davis, Onstage Leadership

 

Hands DOWN, Gray Star Design provides experienced design services for a variety of projects. You will immediately find a wealth of creative energy when you interact with Melissa. Melissa's work is original but client driven. I've always been able to collaborate and talk thru my design ideas with her for my brand. Gray Star's deliverables have grown my brand immensely, and I've always felt that they have my brands best interest in mind every time we work on a project. I've run into a lot of design houses lately that re-spin logo templates for their clients and call it a day. That is NOT what you will find here. I highly and strongly recommend Gray Star for your next project.
~ Rachel Steele, Dottie M. Designs