Melissa Tatge, Creative Director, Designer
Melissa launched her agency in 2004 with an expansive goal: create long-term strategic partnerships with passionate, mission-driven clients.
Part of that goal evolves from her style—she values good relationships as much as beautiful type or the perfect hue of blue—and part of it comes from her background: Her formal training is in product design, so she is attuned to the importance of abiding a cohesive and holistic process. (Be prepared: diving deep in the process means there is sometimes “homework” for clients, but Melissa promises it will be fun.)
Her diverse experience—in graphic design, product design, environmental graphics, branding, and web design—comes from the years she worked as a designer and creative director at various dots on the map including Frances Meyer, Inc. in Savannah, GA, Stan Adler Associates in NYC, and Ecotrust, a wildly ambitious gang of conservationists in Portland, Oregon. Since she’s been running the show at her own company, she’s honed her skills so well that she can deftly cut through all the marketing mumbo jumbo to get to the beating heart of a project.
While there aren’t many “rules” at Melissa Tatge Creative, there is one overriding mantra, something Melissa picked up from one of the industry’s phenoms, Dan Wieden (W+K): “The work comes first.” And she’s a stickler for getting things right the first time. (Her clients love this, by the way). Everything that leaves the studio is impeccably designed to meet the dual standards of what her client needs and what is actually going to work in the real world. (Some clients have even used the word “magical” when talking about what she does.)
Best of all, she truly cares about the work—and her clients. Her clients get this. They feel it. And it’s why most of her clients have been with her for years. Because working with Melissa feels real. Real conversation. Real trust. Real collaboration. And, of course, real results.
Laura Golben, Designer
Laura is a client’s creative, a designer who tackles a marketing need with a keen eye on the goal: a creative approach that motivates people to act.
That unique passion comes from knowing that business can indeed evolve through stand-out design. And Laura has done it. First, at AJ Ross Creative Media on some of the toughest client categories for doing great work: corporate, medical, and real estate. Then, at Little Big Brands, where she honed what is now a mastery of typography, illustration and color. (Those tools came in handy when she pursued one of her dreams: helping to launch lifestyle magazine Orange.)
Since earning her BFA in Graphic Design from Salisbury University in 2007, Laura has devoted her career to a clean, insightful approach. You can see it in her print, package and interactive work on clients such as Genessee Brewery, Give Water, and Yardley London.
And Laura would be the first to tell you: her work is quiet and focused…with pops of originality. Trendy when it needs to be. Sometimes quirky. Always crisp. Much like Laura herself.
Now, in her fourth year with Melissa Tatge Creative, Laura takes her affinity for the craft to a new level for growing businesses, non-profits, and national clients alike. She’s found her niche. With many happy clients to show for it.
And when she’s not in the studio—or out enjoying a hike, live music, or her Australian shepherds—she loves seeing her work for clients make a difference. Whether it’s a copy of Orange, a NYSE banner, a live website, or her package design on the shelf.
Laura loves her work. And that unique trait helps every one of her clients win. Every day.