Melody Pohla
is a designer who cares about big ideas.





Thinker, do-er, way-too-much coffee drinker. Thought designer, art director, super-awesome woman leader.

I am a designer and I care about education, women leadership, and connecting with people. People inspire me and I keep them at the core of my practice. Growing up online has shown me that the networks we build in person and on the internet are the sole driving force of true impact, creative ideas, and the need for GIFs.

Currently working as a freelance art director, I’ve previously worked as a creative director at a small package design company and both assisted and led social media campaigns, traditional fundraisers, brand identity systems, and marketing campaigns.

While not working, I’m involved in the AIGA Chicago Mentorship program, ISH (Illustration Society Here), and student mentoring via Flashpoint Chicago. I go to panels, talks, and try to get coffee with every cool person I know.

I do other things besides design, such as:

  • Playing with my dog

  • Hand lettering interesting phrases

  • Woodburning plaques and cutting boards

  • Cooking with said cutting boards

  • Plotting how my next apartment will be decorated

  • Solving paradoxes

  • Shaving my head for charity

Proud member of the Chicago chapter of the AIGA.  Proud alumni + class of 2018 valedictorian of Flashpoint Chicago.  Proud supporter of SheSays.

Here is a link to my LinkedIn, and here is a link to some Unsplash photos from me that you are free to use.