Design Equals Love is the creative heart and soul of visual designer, design educator, and design lover: Melissa Laine Scotton.


Based in magical Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Melissa has been designing, creating, and making pretty things since starting her own freelance design company in 2004.

In addition to her design career, Melissa is also super passionate about inspiring other graphic designers and illustrators to follow their creative dreams. As a design educator Melissa has taught every course you can imagine... from Photoshop Basics to Portfolio Prep. In addition to teaching the [obviously] important technical and conceptual aspects of design, in her classroom Melissa also emphasizes the necessity of listening to your unique creative voice while developing a style that reflects your interests. She makes sure all of her students are passionate about what they create and who they create it for... while of course remembering to have lots of fun with the most magical career choice out there!

To contact Melissa about design opportunities, illustration work, or to just say hello, please email her at girl(at)

Select Clients: Beauty Bar by Saiko, Shepherd University, HOW Magazine, Roxy Hardgoods, Jetty Life, Harmonica Design, Switch Skate and Snow, DC Girls, Grenade Gloves, University of Delaware, Kinetic Skateboarding, and Hang Ten.

Download résumé pdf.