I am a letterer and illustrator specializing in custom typography. Working independently, I create custom lettering and illustrations for logos and identity, advertising, packaging, and site-specific installations for editorial, lifestyle, food, music, and fashion brands. The bulk of my process is by hand.

I also teach workshops and courses in hand lettering and botanical art, and volunteer as a typography mentor through the Alphabettes Mentorship Program.

I currently live in Central NJ with my husband and bunny, and work from a studio in a historic farmhouse. A true sentimentalist, I continue to hold space for and treasure the many locales (like Baltimore, San Francisco, & Auckland) I’ve lived in and loved.

Photo: Heather Houde

Photo: Heather Houde


Clients of Note

Facebook, Design*Sponge, Williams-Sonoma, Chronicle Books, Lululemon Athletica, Good Company Magazine, The Body Shop, ALDO, NASA's  Jet Propulsion Laboratory, BBC Good Food Magazine, Belletrist, The Tampa Bay Times, Similac, Ceres Organics, Well + Good, RUBY Label

Features + Interviews

Design*SpongeMiss MossStudio Home


Industry Recognition


• Communication Arts Typography Annual 2017 & 2013

• Print Regional Design Annual 2008 & 2006

• Applied Arts Design Awards 2010

Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards 2010





This site was created using the Squarespace theme Avenue. To my dear web-whiz friends who have advised and supported me in making over this site, you know who you are. Thank you!

The Ellis nameplate is handwritten by me. Portrait taken by Heather Houde at my home.

The typeface used throughout this site is Maiola by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione at TypeTogether. Fonts hosted by Typekit. 

Many of the documentation photographs on this site appear with credit; those without are taken by me.