Author Archives: Ellen Shapiro

About Ellen Shapiro

Print contributing editor Ellen Shapiro is principal of Visual Language LLC in Irvington, NY. She has been designing for her whole life and writing about design for more than 20 years. Her website is She blogs about garden design, horticulture, food and travel at


From Picasso to Kiko, Through Burle Marx

Ellen Shapiro explores the Roberto Burle Marx exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York. The undulating shapes in his landscapes have been highly influential not only in the design world, but also in Brazilian and international graphic design.


Frida Larios’ Animales: A Museum Exhibition & International Games

Designer Frida Larios has created a pantheon of mythical graphic creatures inspired by images found on on ancient Maya codices and ceramic vases dating from c. 250 AD. Today, her creatures can be found on the uniforms of elite athletes and in a museum exhibition in her native El Salvador. In July 2014, PRINT featured...