Melissa J. Kuperminc, M.F.A. is an instructor and design counsel at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art in 1997. At the Portfolio Center, she teaches “Message and Content,” a foundational course aimed at helping students find a powerful, meaningful voice through design. She also teaches classes in typography, book and publication design, and systems and information design. Melissa also advises graduating students on their final portfolio and mentoring students in all phases of the design program. After graduating from Yale, Melissa specialized in editorial and publication design for clients including IBM, and publishers like Rizzoli and The Monacelli Press. Melissa’s approach to integrating storytelling and visual elements into design draws on her background as an award-winning journalist covering features and breaking news in Virginia, and her undergraduate training in communication and political science from the University of Delaware.