About Us

Ellen M Shapiro

Ellen Shapiro

Owner, Visual Language LLC

Creative director of every project you see in this site. And writer of most.

UCLA College of Fine Arts, magna cum laude.

Conference speaker in the U.S. and abroad; juror, design competitions across North America.

Adjunct professor, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Purchase College, SUNY.

Owner of U.S. patent no. 5,788,503 for flip-cards with letter and picture cues: Alphagram Learning Materials.

Author, three books and hundreds of magazine articles and posts on design practice, design education, firms, personalities, events, issues, and cultural trends around the world.

Visual Language LLC
25 Whitetail Road
Irvington, NY 10533
914 693-7799

Hello! I’m Ellen Shapiro, graphic designer and writer.

I love what I do, which is combining words and pictures to tell stories. These stories raise money for nonprofits, sell products and ideas, and launch new endeavors.

They are told in the form of websites, blog posts, magazine articles, books, ads, and print collateral.

My company, Visual Language LLC, helps local, national and international clients achieve their goals. I invite you to scroll through the client portfolio for mini case histories in branding, marketing communications and fundraising.

Let my team become your advocate, living and breathing your cause. When you work with us, you’ll get the services of a full-service agency—with a personal, hands-on approach. We do it all: communications planning, informal market research, writing, editing, and project management through printing, programming, or other implementation.

State your goal. To launch a new product or service. To raise awareness, recognition, funds. To grow your audience. As we hope this site demonstrates, we approach each project with a fresh, creative eye combined with experience, intelligence, talent, and perseverance. Let us create equally successful results for you

Call or e-mail me today. Tell me what’s keeping you up at night (business-wise), and I’ll be happy to provide a complimentary analysis and proposal.

We create:

Annual reports
Brand identities
Capability brochures
Case statements
Direct mail packages
Educational materials
Product/service brochures
Proposal formats
Sales presentations

With particular expertise in:

Cultural organizations
Colleges and universities
Financial services
Food and cooking
Health care
Independent schools
Law and accounting
Real estate
Religion and spirituality
Travel and lodging