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. She blogs about design, gardens, food and travel at

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Type

Ellen Shapiro reports from Abbott Miller's TypoGraphics conference session: Type often has a story to tell—it becomes part of the context, style, strategy, or truth of a client's message.


Long Live the Book!

Ellen Shapiro visits the New York Antiquarian Book Fair and finds treasures of special interest to graphic designers.


Little Red Books Take Manhattan

Thanks to collector Justin G. Schiller, many editions of The Quotations of Mao Zedong are now on display in NYC. Read his thoughts on The Little Red Book.