Hi, I’m Mel!

Melissa // Five Design Co. // Squarespace web design, tips and resources for small businesses, bloggers, freelancers and entrepreneurs

And I’m maybe not your typical web designer.

I have a master’s degree in urban planning, am a former marketing manager and I founded a wellness company. But in the process, I’ve created and maintained a lot of websites!

I also know what it’s like to run a website as a business owner: you want something that’s beautiful, effective & simple to maintain.

So I created Five Design Co.—a place for small business owners, freelancers & bloggers to build custom websites…without having to learn how to code them yourself. (I know quite a few people who’ve battled their website to create it or update it. No fun! Let’s not waste your time doing that.)

Our philosophy is that websites should be beautiful, functional, and easy to use.



We’re named after our five favorite things in good web design:

  • beautiful

  • simple

  • effective

  • user-friendly

  • inviting



We only offer web design with Squarespace, and it’s for a good reason: though I’ve worked with other platforms over the years, I’ve found that Squarespace is the simplest and easiest to maintain.

(And how useful is a beautiful website if you can’t keep it up-to-date?!)

The Squarespace editing interface allows us to create a professionally designed custom website that you can easily work with to make updates, publish blog posts, or add new products to an online shop.

As a member of Squarespace Circle (their community of designers), we have access to exclusive content, preferred support and can offer our clients 20% off your first year of Squarespace products.


We’re based in Los Angeles, but work with clients around the world. 

Get to know us better!

notes from happy clients

Working with Five Design Co was a great experience. Melissa helped me develop my site from beginning to end. She was so helpful along the way, using her experience and skills to help me tell the story of my business and bring it to life!


Melissa made the overwhelming task of auditing my website so much easier than I expected. She answered all of my questions and was very patient, reviewing all my site pages and gave excellent suggestions to improve the look and feel.


Sooo helpful in what is a two-fold process: designing a beautiful website, adapting it to your needs, and then educating you about how to actually take ownership of the site and really understand the back end.


An absolute pleasure to work with. Professional, timely and a great communicator.