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 dig-it-blog.com
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Mastering The Art of Cookbook Illustration

I recently thumbed through some favorite old cookery books and started thinking about cookbook illustrations. Not the decorative splashes of line and color you see today (when  most cookbooks are illustrated with drop-dead color photography), but the kind of didactic, …

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The Mandela Poster Project

Graphic designers in 70 countries created more than 700 posters to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy for The Mandela Poster Project. 95 selected posters are now on display.

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Looking Back: Working with Herb Lubalin on U&lc

Herb Lubalin was not only a boss, but was a mentor and father-figure to Ellen Shapiro. She, along with Ilene Strizver and Jason Calfo, talk about working with the legendary Herb Lubalin at U&lc.

Pencil to Pixel, Exhibit by Monotype

Relive the Beauty of Pencil to Pixel

Did you miss “Pencil to Pixel,” a one-week popup exhibit of artifacts representing more than 100 years of typeface design? Check out these fabulous photos.

“The Happy Show” Goes International

On January 8, Stefan Sagmeister’s “The Happy Show” opened at the Design Exchange in Toronto, where it will be on display until March 3. Toronto is the second venue for this exhibition, which The New York Times called “a virtual …

To CertifyD, or Not to CertifyD? That Is the Question

“Is the title ‘designer’ meaningful or meaningless?” asks Esteban Pérez-Hemminger, an MS in Communication Design candidate at Pratt Institute. In his thesis project, CertifyD, which calls for an open dialogue leading to the professional certification of graphic designers, Pérez-Hemminger suggests that …

Le Corbusier: Architecture Meets Fine Art Meets Graphic Design

“In his lifetime, Le Corbusier made 7,000 works on paper and 450 oil paintings.” So explained Eric Mouchet of Galerie Zlotowski, a Parisian art gallery that specializes in early-20th-century art, especially Cubism, with a special focus on Le Corbusier. The …