Ellen Shapiro | Board Member

ellen_shapiroGraphic designer and writer Ellen Shapiro is principal of Visual Language LLC, a firm that specializes in brand identity and marketing communications for corporations and nonprofits including the American Technion Society, Pace Women’s Justice Center, the Guggenheim Museum, and Emergency USA.

She is the author of nearly 200 magazine articles about the design business, trends, and personalities, and three books, most recently The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Clients, published by Skyhorse. Her patented, award-winning Alphagram Learning Materials, colorful flashcards that flip, have helped thousands of children learn to read. Ellen recently completed a young adult novel with a WWII theme, currently at a major publisher.

A UCLA graduate, she has taught corporate design, typography, and portfolio classes at Purchase College, School of Visual Arts, Parsons The New School, and Pratt Institute. She currently teaches “Designing Your Personal Brand,” an online course at HOW Design University.

Active in the Garden Club of Irvington, most recently as Horticulture co-chair, Ellen shares her love of gardening at dig-it-blog.com. She has served on the New York and Metro-North chapter boards of the AIGA (the professional association for design). A member of Woodlands Community Temple and Romemu—where she plays percussion in the Community Band—she leads and plays in drum circles and percussion ensembles—including the one that formed itself at her home during the last RiverArts Music Tour.