I'm Meg Mateo Ilasco, a freelance creative and mother of two. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

A firm believer in following curiosity, I've developed a diverse set of skills over the years that includes writing, editing, art direction, design, illustration, and prop styling.

My road to becoming a freelance creative was hardly straightforward. My education background includes a bachelor's in psychology with specializations in Asian American studies and business administration from UCLA. I also pursued a graduate degree in architecture at UCLA. 

From 2010-2015, I was the creative director of Anthology Magazine, a home and lifestyle print magazine that I co-founded with Anh-Minh Le.

Currently, I am a managing editor primarily in cookbooks at Callisto Media, a start-up publisher in Berkeley. I'm also a freelance writer focusing on food and lifestyle for various publications including Sunset and Cherry Bombe.  

I've authored seven books and founded the Inc. creative business series with Chronicle Books; designed books for Abrams and Chronicle Books; been featured in publications such as SunsetReal Living, and Real Simple; served as a guest on radio programs including Martha Stewart Living Radio, After the Jump, and KPFA; served as a speaker at CCA, Alt Summit and EWIP; and received design awards from The Pasadena Museum of California Art, Print Magazine, and Western Publishing Association (Maggie Award).

Basically, I try to stay busy. 




Send me an email to say hi, tell me a joke (a good one) or discuss a new project (also a good one). 

meg [AT] mateoilasco.com



Current Books
Art Inc. 


Global Book Release of Art Inc. (video, 2014) 
KPFA Interview: Entrepreneurship (radio, 2014)
Mom Inc Daily (2013)
Design Sponge: After the Jump (radio, 2012)
Design for Mankind (2010)
CraftSanity (podcast, 2008)
Whip Up (2007)

D*S Biz Ladies: Branding with Meg Mateo Ilasco
D*S Biz Ladies: Lessons About Motherhood and Business
D*S Biz Ladies: Logo Design
D*S Biz Ladies: Selling Your Company
D*S Biz Ladies: Writing a Book, Part One
D*S Biz Ladies: Writing a Book, Part Two