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

Kiko Farkas Talks About His Curvaceous “Marca Brasil”

You may have been seeing a lot of the BRASIL logo lately. In 2014, Brazil will host the World Cup, and last July, the Brazilian Tourism Ministry (Embratur) embarked on a worldwide campaign aimed at tripling tourism over the next …

The Rally to Restore the Magic Marker

Was it the rally against insanity? The rally to restore fear? The march to keep fear alive? No one was quite sure, but 215,000 people showed up on Saturday—and had a really good time. It was part concert, part giant …

“In the Office I Think. In the Garden I Do.”

“In the office I think. In the garden I do.” So explains New York environmental graphic designer David Gibson about the garden he and actor and comedian Rich Kiamco, have designed and nurtured at their country house in Ferndale, New …

The Designer and the Chef Behind The Geometry of Pasta

Everybody knows spaghetti, ravioli, linguini. If you’re a foodie, you know bucatini, farfalle, pappardelle. But what about agnolotte and anneletti, bigoli and busiati, canderli, canestrini, caramelli and casorecci, and so on through the alphabet? Thanks to a graphic designer and …

Will AOL’s Project Devil Change the Whole Look of the Web?

Last Thursday, I dropped into the Times Center in midtown New York City for the third iteration of the Advertising Week conference. Billed as North America’s premier gathering of cutting-edge communications leaders, a hybrid of thought leadership and special event …

The Workshop of Typographic Memories

Although I associate it with writers, once among the world’s most brilliant, who drank themselves into self-parody and premature death, Via Margutta is my favorite street in Rome. Whenever I’m lucky enough to visit, I make a point of looking …

Hey It’s Delish!

Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy, a brand that faded away in 1980 after being one of America’s most popular candy bars for nearly 100 years, is being revived by Ken Wiesen, a Long Island attorney who quit his private practice to devote …

675 Words about Design @ 35,000 Feet

If the words “brand” or “design” interest you… Well, yeah. But they weren’t words I expected to read in the headline of an ad in an airline magazine while flying across the Atlantic. And not just any ad, but a …

A New Design Museum in Barcelona

Massimo Vignelli is finally across the street from Pablo Picasso. Disenny Hub, or DHUB, is Spain’s new design museum. Located on Barcelona’s Carrer de Montcada across the street from the Museo Picasso de Barcelona, it attracted 165,000 visitors in 2009, …