About Melissa Oyler Designs

Hi, I’m Melissa. Graphic designer, writer, editor and owner of Melissa Oyler Designs, LLC.

I live in Charlotte, N.C. Born here (yes, I am one of the rare natives you didn’t think existed), I was raised in Fort Mill, S.C., and I’ve lived in the Carolinas my entire life.
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Journalism is my first love, with design as a close second. In fact, as a child I determined I was to be a novelist with a fallback plan as a reporter. After fine-tuning my reporting and creative writing skills at Winthrop University, I was offered a job – not as a reporter – but as a copy editor and page designer.

I decided to give it a shot and I never looked back. The draw I felt toward design couldn’t be denied. Add that to a strong journalism background, the ability to write and edit, and now years of working with print production and images, and I have the ability to see the big picture: to know what it takes, from all editorial angles, to produce a successful publication. It’s what makes me succeed as a Creative Director.


2001-2007: McClatchy newspapers. Roles included: copy editor and assistant news editor of The Herald, page designer at The Fort Mill Times and the Yorkville Enquirer, and editor and Creative Director of rejuvenate magazine.

2012-2015: Creative Loafing Charlotte. Roles included: Creative Director of Creative Loafing Charlotte and Creative Director of nFocus Charlotte.

2005-present: Melissa Oyler Designs, LLC. Work includes magazine and newspaper design and layout, book cover design, editing, publishing and business identity creation.

Awards include:

  • 2005 First Place, Page One Design, SCPA
  • 2005 Best of the Best in All Divisions, Page One Design, SCPA
  • 2005 Third Place, Page Design , Daily Division 26,001-80,000, SCPA
  • 2006 Second Place, Page Design, Daily Division 26,001-80,000, SCPA
  • 2007 Second Place, Sports Page Design, Weekly Over 4,000 and Under 4000 Divisions Combined, SCPA

In addition to the design, writing and editing, I am also a coffee addict and an animal lover (I have a dog and a turtle). I’m a marathon runner, a backpacker and a yogi.