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Melissa Galloway

Melissa Galloway

Designer II - Hired 12/8/2015 - Melissa is known for her odd hours, which earned her the name "Night Walker," but despite the nocturnal tendencies, she's one of the most outgoing members of the Gunner team.

About Melissa

Melissa actually remembers the instant she wanted to be a designer.

"Third grade - Mrs. Caldwell's class," she says. "I remember because our assignment was to fill in a coloring book."

A coloring book may seem like odd inspiration for a future designer.

"People have a misconception about what design is," she says. "Absolutely, there are creative designers who make graphics or paintings or logos. That's not what I was after. I like to use guidelines and restrictions to express my talent - hence the coloring book inspiration."

She brought that mindset to the college of Visual & Literary Arts at the University of Wyoming where she earned a degree in graphic design.

And she applies that philosophy to her work at Gunner.

"It's hard to communicate this to some clients because clients want 'sizzle' or 'flash,' she says. "Basically, they want to be different, but different generally isn't good in web and mobile design. You wouldn't want to have a town with different looking stop signs would you?"

The worst thing companies do she says, is make visitors or users learn the design.

"Everyone has used Google, or Gmail or Facebook or Twitter or the New York Times," she says. "They are used to certain things. Why change that? Be creative within the expectations of the user."

Certifications

Proficiencies

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Adobe Illustrator

Create logos, icons, sketches, typography and complex illustrations

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Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is Adobe's photo editing, image creation and graphic design software.

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Agile

Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams

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Amazon RDS

Relational Database Service makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.

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AWS CodeCommit

AWS CodeCommit is a fully-managed source control service that hosts secure Git-based repositories.

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Bootstrap

Bootstrap is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS.

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CSS3

CSS3 is the latest evolution of the Cascading Style Sheets language and aims at extending CSS2.1

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Git

Fast, scalable, distributed revision control system

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HTML5

HTML5 is the 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web

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JavaScript

JavaScript is the world's most widespread programming language, powering the Internet.

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jQuery

jQuery is a fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript library.

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Material Design

Material Design is a visual language that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation of technology and science.

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Material UI

Material UI is a CSS Framework and a Set of React Components that Implement Google's Material Design

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React

React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

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Ruby on Rails

Rails is a web application development framework written in the Ruby programming language

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Scrum

Scrum is a framework for project management that emphasizes teamwork, accountability and iterative progress toward a well-defined goal.

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Shopify

Shopify is a POS and e-commerce platform written in Ruby on Rails