Created everywhere from her studio to the very walls of a conference room, Melanie Ida Chopko’s portraits and illustrations mix fine art and content to both delight and inspire.
Clients include Instagram, Visa, TEDxBerkeley, AribaLIVE, Nutanix, Accenture, Ariba Live, Disney, and 350.org. Her favorite recent projects include to translating a business merger into a river map for employees (complete with deer!) and set of thirty portraits of top social media stars.
Her work has been used to support conversations on business strategy, digital tools, transforming education, the clean energy economy, and women's leadership. A graduate of Eugene Lang College, The New School, Melanie holds an interdisciplinary degree in cultural studies and visual art. She writes and plays music, creates watercolors, and often spends Sundays sitting alongside the ocean.
"I've worked with graphic recorders over many years, because they make an invaluable contribution to my presentations. Years later, I can look at their depiction of what I've said and it all comes back, and I know this is how participants also are able to recall the essence of what I spoke...Melanie has that necessary but rare combination of being able to listen deeply, excerpt the key points, and then quickly translate that into images...I recommend her without reservation." - Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science
"When Melanie graphically documented our large group discussion about what the students had observed on our streets and what they wanted to understand about the issue, it opened a more expressive, flexible and insightful way in which to articulate our essential questions. Melanie went above and beyond to share her process with the kids and answer their questions about how to graphically document thoughts, ideas, observations and wonderings; we used her methods all year, and now have a visual documentation of a yearlong study." - Kristen Daniel, San Francisco Friends School
"Creative, responsive, dedicated, flexible, joyful, and able to deeply listen as ideas emerge, Melanie created three visuals which are THE most valuable artifacts I could imagine...It was a pleasure to work with Melanie and I would happily hire her again in a heartbeat. - Dave Shaw, University of California
"Melanie was delightful to work in establishing a creative vibe. Her graphic notes helped capture essence of the presentations from our morning keynote speakers, which made it visually accessible by our 800+ attendees." - Al Solis, The Buck Institute for Education and PBLWorld
"Melanie brings a level of visual and facilitative creativity and flexibilty that not only is crucial for our work, but also aligns with our values. EAP as an organization and leadership network strives to provide space for deep reflection and working with Melanie has meant we can record those insights and share out learnings. - Katherin Canton, Co-Director Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco Bay Area