web + content

design + strategy

for creative independents

Why we're here

Creating a way to earn a living by doing what you love is the new definition of success. What would it take to finally do what you truly love?

DesignStrategist was started so that we could do what we love: help people articulate their goals and then achieve them, fiercely. We love working with people who are ready to boldly pursue doing more of what they enjoy.

Our one-on-one approach is ideally suited for individuals and small businesses. We are a one stop shop for everything you need to get your idea up and running online. You bring your passion, and we’ll bring the design and strategy to your web presence and content.


Digital Media
Strategy · Branding · Advertising · Marketing

Web Design
HTML5 · CSS3 · WordPress · SEO

Strategy · Writing · Editing · Auditing · Message Consistency

Graphic Design
Logo Design · Photography


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About Us

Melissa Mesku

Web & Graphic Design
Front End Development
Content Writing and Editing
Content Analysis and Strategy

I am a creative professional and business owner. I got into web design as many do: because there was something specific I wanted to build. I later bootstrapped my first business, figuratively and literally, using the Bootstrap framework to build my company's website. I enjoyed the process so much that I started adding to my skills and then reached out to others who needed a hand.

I particularly enjoy bringing to each project a bit of perspective from other fields I've worked in.

I pride myself on exceeding expectations and in being a pleasure to work with. Life's too short not to have fun (even while at work).

Leila Shamsili

Digital Media Strategy

I started working in advertising and media over a decade ago. I got my start at Universal McCann, working on large accounts with clients such as Sony Pictures. Since then, as a Media Planner and Account Executive I've worked with a range of clients as diverse as Boeing and Murad Skincare.

A few years ago I began developing a longstanding passion of mine and turned my attention to teaching yoga, completing a 500-hour teacher training program. I love the surprising ways in which the mindfulness of teaching yoga crosses over into my work in media. In my work, I favor a well-rounded approach that helps people achieve their goals, both personal and professional.

And the best part?

We're old friends.


Drop us a line and let's start something beautiful.

What are you waiting for?