Melissa Alexander

Blue Cottage of CannonDesign

Melissa Alexander, Blue Cottage of CannonDesign

By offering a creative and inspired perspective on analytics and data interpretation, Melissa brings her ability to integrate design, technology, data, urbanism and visualization to generate creative and implementable planning concepts, visualization tools, dashboards and more.

With a background that includes licensure in architecture and professional practice in urban and campus design, Melissa brings depth and real-world context to her role of bringing a project vision to life through quantitative and qualitative data. She works with Blue Cottage of CannonDesign across the full consulting spectrum, from strategy to experience design to activation and more.


  • Creating analytics and visualization for large, complex master plans
  • Integrating design, geography and spatial analysis
  • Composing dynamic project deliverables to help clients visualize and interpret their own data
  • Telling a data story with a point of view
  • Leveraging architectural, design and planning expertise to shape data visualization strategies that resonate and support project goals


  • Maryland Institute College of Art Alumni Ambassador and Adjunct Faculty
  • Penn State Adjunct Faculty
  • Former Co-Chair, Seattle Design Review Board
  • Information is Beautiful Awards Shortlist, 2023, for "Exploring the Human Dimension of Mental Health and the City"