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. 


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. 












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

Identity Systems

Customer Experience


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. 

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