Taos, New Mexico
where creativity roams free
Ramshackle Genius pulls together a team of independent design professionals from New Mexico, Connecticut, Washington, Colorado and Europe for every project. We build considerate, beautiful, responsive websites to elevate your creative genius & attract your ideal clients.
Ramshackle Genius Factory was coined by Melissa’s husband after a decade-long observation of her artistic and atypical process. Ramshackle Genius takes a little bit of everything: photography, paint, html, dirt, drawings, words and mixes them together in a process that is about augmenting the creative. As Steven Johnson says in Where Good Ideas Come From, “often the best ideas are gathered from the bricolage of other networked ideas.” What better way to pull ideas together than on the most versatile platform the world the has ever known: The Web.
Creative Director, Photographer, Digital Mountaineer
Taos, New Mexico
Melissa attributes her diverse computer skills to playing video games as a child. Her first 10 year career as a practicing landscape architect honed her talent as a designer & small business champion. Her knowledge of the design/build process gives her a unique understanding of what architects, landscape architects, interior designers & builders need in a website. She keeps her Colorado LA license active so she can still play in the dirt. Having lived in Colorado, Arizona, Vancouver, California, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Spain, she and her family are happy to finally stake a claim in Taos, New Mexico; a big-culture little-town. She is inspired by the big big possibilities of the Wild Wild Web.
Thanks to the nature of the web, our clients are everywhere.
Melissa is nimble and flexible- and always good humored, happily assisting with long or short term projects. She has helped with graphics for advertisements, email blasts with customers, social media promotions, blog posts, editing my photos, etc. She even stepped up to help with new product photos- which has been a great help! She has become a vital part of my business- I know I can rely on them to maintain my website, address marketing, PR and press requests.“
Liz Pulver Design
It’s always a privilege to share testimonials for those whose talents and skills add value to your life and business, but it’s something entirely different to share one for someone whose acumen, wisdom, knowledge, experience, insights, vision and creativity take you beyond the ordinary and bring out the most extraordinary aspects of who you are and what you desire to give to the world.
Melissa falls into this category and is unlike anyone I’ve previously worked with, on both personal and professional endeavors. Melissa is a creative genius with a rare and unique gift of bringing exactly what you desire to share, build and create into the world in a way that goes beyond what you originally desired; she grows it in magnitude and showcases it in a way that is clear, concise, accurate and represents your most authentic voice.
Melissa is impeccable, precise, detail-oriented and has insights that go beyond simply creating a website. Her gifts come to life through a deep care and passion for every element of a site and the person behind it – weaving who you are, what you do, how you do it, why you do it and the ways it can positively impact those you serve into every aspect of the finished project.
Melissa has been a gift in my life and business. I’m grateful to be her friend, and I look forward to years of partnership.”
“It has been is a delight to work with Melissa Lind on several photographic and promotional projects. Melissa did a fantastic job creating my new venture, developing both the photography and website design. She gives me excellent advice on how best to use the website to increase my business. She has designed posters and promotional material for my flamenco performance group and took a number of the photographs for my book: FLAMENCO AND BULLFIGHTING: Movement, Passion and Risk in Two Spanish Traditions, published by McFarland Press.”
Dr. Adair Landborn
RAMSHACKLE is when the risk of doing what you love supersedes what you do to survive; it is the abandoned shack in the back forty where you expected your workshop would come alive; it is cultivating a business that manifests joy because it is an extension of your best expression; it is the perfect combination of picture and word, to elevate your original, creative GENIUS.