michellephotoAbout Melissa Williams Design

Hi! My name is Michelle Argyle. I’ve been designing for almost 18 years. I originally created Melissa Williams Design for a small publisher back in 2010. Since then, I have branched out to many other clients. MW Design is owned by MDA Books, which is the business name I use to publish my fiction on the side. As for design, I get crazy excited about supposedly mundane things like white space and fonts, and find no greater joy than transforming someone’s idea into a piece of art. Details are everything.

I live in the Rocky Mountains, where I find every excuse possible to go hiking and be outdoors. I also enjoy writing and have 12 publications to my name.


Adam Boretz, editor of Publisher’s Weekly’s Booklife section, recently invited me to become a columnist for the “Cover Redesign” section for the rest of 2017 and the coming 2018 year. Each month I will redesign a new cover and submit my feedback about the redesign. The article is featured in the print magazine and online at Publisher’s Weekly and Booklife.

Booklife Nov 2017 (1)

What makes me a good designer for you?

My prices are reasonable, and I will work with you until you are satisfied!

I am very passionate about the work I do. I’ve had many jobs, but I keep coming back to design over and over. I began my design journey back in college when I became the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine. I immediately fell in love with all aspects of design, layout, and typography, just as I fall in love with every single project I take on. I work closely with my clients one-on-on to make sure they get the best design for their project. I focus on making sure a design is the best it can be marketing-wise, as well. After all, it is your most important marketing tool.

Check out what others have said about working with me.



Do I go by Melissa Williams or Michelle?

You can call me either, but my real name is Michelle. Melissa Williams is the name I chose for freelance design work, since I originally didn’t want my design name to be the same as my author name.