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June 12, 2018

Fresh Faces: Melanie Coyne, Junior Graphic Designer

Melanie Coyne

Fresh Faces is a series on our blog in which we introduce new members of the CooperKatz team. In this post, get to know our new junior graphic designer, Melanie Coyne!


1. What inspires you as a designer?


I’m most inspired when I’m learning something new and breaking my routine. Anything from listening to an interesting podcast to simply going for a walk gets the gears turning.


2. If you could meet one other artist who would it be and why?


If you told me I had the chance to meet absolutely anyone, I’d hands down chose to meet Jessica Walsh. As a young designer I’ve always looked up to her work for its creative brilliance and technical mastery. Plus, her story is downright inspiring. How do I get a legend like Stefan Sagmeister to be my agency partner at 25? If you have any ideas, don’t be shy- Give me a ring!


3. What has been your favorite project to work on?


During my senior year of college, I had to create a mural on a wall in Chelsea which was to be eventually demolished. The prompt revolved around capturing the spirit of New Yorkers in times of hardship, a relevant theme since a week prior pressure cooker bombs were found near our campus. Working outside is interesting because people are able to react to your process as well as the piece. Funny enough, the demolition plans were scratched halfway through the project, so you can visit the mural to this day.


Melanie Coyne, Jr. Designer at CooperKatz, paints a mural for FIT


4. Do you have a hidden talent?


If you know me even a little you know I love music. However, something you may not know is that I’ve been playing guitar for nearly 7 years. I like to do this thing where I find the guitar at parties, let people sarcastically give me requests and then watch their faces as I start actually shredding. Priceless!



5. What’s your favorite thing to do in New York City?


If I don’t go to at least one local concert a week, it’s a bad week. New York has such a lively music scene, and I love that I can always pop into Baby’s All Right or Mercury Lounge on a whim and catch an awesome show.


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