Melissa Patenaude, Creative Director and Designer in Oakland, CA, United States
Melissa Patenaude

Creative Director and Designer in Oakland, CA, United States

Member since May 9, 2017
Melissa has over 15 years of experience in design (UI/UX, visual, product, and identity) as well as art direction and strategy. She's worked for Fortune 500 companies and startups in various fields, including B2B, developer tools, retail, food, education, and finance. Melissa's passionate about the relationship between people, technology, and culture and is dedicated to creating experiences that charm people from the digital world to daily life.
Melissa is now available for hire


Digital Design


  • Creative Director

    2017 - 2020
    • Led product, marketing, and brand for the company. Established design principles, brand guidelines, design thinking processes, and workflows that ensured ongoing feedback and iteration.
    • Built the design team. I was the only designer for a year, then built a centralized design team of six designers, three specialized in the product and three specialized in branding and marketing.
    • Built the design systems for LaunchDarkly—one for the product and one for marketing, both integrated with code and the engineering team.
    Technologies: Google Slides, Apple Keynote, Adobe, Figma, Sketch, Creative Direction, Product Design, Branding, UI Design, UX Design, UX Research, Information Architecture (IA), Strategy
  • Chief Experience Officer

    2016 - 2020
    • Designed a unique inclusive process to discover value, challenges, risks, and opportunities which I facilitated within companies and individual entrepreneurs.
    • Designed the brand identity, website, and growth strategy for a gourmet cannabis pop-up event company.
    • Designed and built a website and marketing materials for a B2B business continuity company.
    • Rebranded a vape cannabis company along with all marketing collaterals and designed and built their website.
    • Designed and built our agency website and marketing collaterals.
    Technologies: InVision App, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, Creative Direction, Branding, UI Design, UX Design, UX Research, Information Architecture (IA), Product Design, Strategy


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion and Art Design
    2001 - 2004
    Lasalle College of Montreal - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
    1998 - 2001
    Polytechnique of Montreal - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Associate of Applied Science in Pure and Applied Sciences
    1996 - 1998
    College de Maisonneuve - Montreal, QC, Canada



Oakland, CA, United States

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