Photo by Wei Wang

Photo by Wei Wang

Melissa Malzkuhn is a storyteller, digital strategist, creative director fascinated by languages, word play, and immersive experiences. Her work has ranged from films to apps; a reoccurring theme in her work is the practicality of the absurd. Through ridiculous notions, she discovers the profound. A lesson. A thought. A wish. Best described as a creative artist, combining styles she becomes a manipulator of mediums; Melissa Malzkuhn enjoys merging the old and the new to create tangible experiences. 

Leading Motion Light Lab, a space where creative literature intersects with digital technology to create new learning experiences, one of four labs at the Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning at Gallaudet University, Melissa Malzkuhn directs the development of research based products, which includes bilingual storybook apps designed for early language acquisition for Deaf children. An advocate of language access and literacy for deaf children, Melissa has long been involved in community building and leadership training for Deaf youth, and serves on boards for different organizations, supporting the advancement of the Deaf community.

She is a founder of Ink & Salt, a creative productions company, and one of the producers of The ASL App: an app that teaches you conversational ASL.