Photo by  Nick Tidmarsh  in Whangamata, New Zealand

Photo by Nick Tidmarsh in Whangamata, New Zealand


I am a letterer and illustrator specializing in custom typography and botanical art. I create custom lettering and illustrations for logos and identity, packaging, and installations for editorial, lifestyle, food, music, and fashion brands. Most of my process is by hand.

While bits of my heart remain in San Francisco, Auckland, and Baltimore–places I've lived and loved–I currently live in Central NJ and work from my studio in a historic farmhouse.

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

For freelance inquiries, workshop requests, speaking engagements, collaborations, mural commissions, or just to say hello, please reach out through my Contact page or write to me at e(at)erinellis(dot)com.


Clients of Note

United States

Facebook, Grace Bonney, Williams-Sonoma, The Body Shop, ALDO, Emma Roberts, The Tampa Bay Times, Similac, NASA's  Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Well + Good

New Zealand & abroad

RUBY Label, Ceres Organics, BBC Good Food Magazine, L'Actualite Magazine, Pasture Restaurant AKL



Industry Recognition


• Communication Arts Typography Annual 2013 & 2017

• Print Regional Design Annual 2006 & 2008

• 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 Nick Tidmarsh in beautiful Whangamata, New Zealand.

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.