Melanie Rankin

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M.AD SCHOOL OF IDEAS / M.AD ATLANTA

Melanie Rankin was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She attended Furman University as a student athlete and received her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After designing media campaigns for Nicole Miller, as well as planning a runway show with Big Brothers Big Sisters, she knew that she wanted to pursue design. She is now getting her M.A. in strategic design at Furman University in partnership with M.AD Atlanta (formerly Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center). Melanie believes storytelling lies at the center of all great design and connects us to our humanity. She is inspired by her diverse background and uses her attention to detail and strategic problem solving to create systems throughout her work. She is the Programming Lead of AIGA’s Atlanta student board where she works with 16 schools and over 200 students in the region. Melanie is also a lover of travel and her dog, Bean.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

Born and raised in Dresher PA and currently live in Atlanta GA

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

Currently studying online

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Morning, as long as I have my coffee

FAVORITE MOVIE?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

Ozarks

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram

FAVORITE PODCAST?

Girls Gotta Eat

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Richard Serra

FAVORITE BOOK?

Tuesdays with Morrie

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Homelessness

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Cooking, baking and spending time with my dog Bean.

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

It has made me realize the the importance of design in effecting change in the world. It’s more important than ever to communicate clearly.

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