We are your friendly,
next door brand consultancy.*

*If you are lucky enough to live in Southern California, we mean that quite literally. 


AbouT US

We are Marks and Maker. We like branding, coffee, and people that show up with big ideas.

While we don’t always have a cup of sugar on hand, we are always ready to lend helpful insight and expertise. It is our mission to help you sift through the hundreds of ideas you have for your brand and chart a clear course forward.


We believe

Every business needs a winning personality and every office should have a dog. 












What makes us so special?

Listen, we don’t just want to work with you. We want to invest in you and your business. We’re not into flings and waiting three days to call. We like relationships, commitment, and straightforward communication. Plus, we have a solid, results-oriented process. What's not to love? 




Brand Strategy


Visual Identity


Meet the Founder

  Melinda Livsey

Melinda Livsey—Brand Strategist
Self proclaimed Tetris champion, logic puzzle nerd, and Golden Ratio enthusiast, Melinda Livsey lives to connect dots, analyze patterns, and solve problems. Don’t let her quiet demeanor fool you—once you get this INTJ talking about a topic of interest, you best be making a second pot of coffee. 

As the founder and brand strategist of Marks and Maker, Melinda unites over ten years of professional design experience with a penchant for thoughtful customer service.

Melinda’s experience with notable names like Oakley, Paramount Pictures, and Loot Crate, coupled with her passion for creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, creates the perfect cocktail of impeccable workmanship, exceptional brands, and happy clientele.


Notable Features


The Futur
Co-host on the Process

The Logo Geek Podcast
Interview with Melinda Livsey

Orthogonal Podcast
Branding and What it Actually Means

The Logo Creative
Using the Golden Ratio in Logo Design

This Design Life
Interview with Melinda Livsey

The Passion Behind the Art Podcast
Interview with Melinda Livsey