We are your friendly,
next door brand strategy and design consultancy.*

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

 
 
 
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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 make your idea tangible and ready to be shared with the world.

 
 
 
 

We believe


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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? 

 

 

Services

 

Brand Strategy

Identity Design

Naming

Brand Tone and Voice

Messaging

Web Design

Art Direction

Print Collateral

Package Design

Photography

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Meet the Founder

  Melinda Livsey

Melinda Livsey—Brand Strategist and Creative Director
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. 

Melinda lives her dream-life with her charming husband and dachsador (labrador + dachshund mix pup) in Anaheim Hills—only a stone's throw away from her childhood hometown. Although her fair skin speaks to the contrary, Melinda has lived her whole life in sunny Southern California.

As the founder and creative director 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.

Melinda can also be found at Pre-lance, a resource for graphic design grads who want to start freelancing. 

 

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

 
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Meet the Dream Team

 
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Victor Luna—Digital Designer
Since 2009, Victor has been working with companies around the world to help them either building or improving their apps, websites and brands. He enjoys discovering customers pain points and solving them with prototyping and user testing. He also loves his family, playing guitar and talking about the value of design.

 

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Danica Finnegan—Graphic Designer
Danica has been designing for as long as she can remember. From creating flyers for her (short-lived) childhood dog walking business, to doodling logos during class, to designing layouts for her high school yearbook and newspaper, she was always drawn to design. Away from the screen, Danica loves to travel with her husband, take long walks with her two dogs, and horseback ride.