Ellen Shapiro is the owner and creative director of Visual Language LLC, a boutique communications ﬁrm that provides graphic design and writing services to nonprofit and corporate clients.
As a design journalist, she reports on trends, personalities, and issues in design, advertising, photography and illustration around the world for leading print and online design magazines.
Since 1991, she’s contributed more than 75 features to C.A. and HOW magazines, including trend stories and profiles of firms and creatives in Asia, Europe, and Latin America as well as across the USA.
For five years she’s been writing, photographing and designing in WordPress a monthly column on Printmag.com that explores topics ranging from trends in poster design to current political cartoons.
Other freelance magazine assignments have been for Etapes (France), Blueprint (UK), Graphis, AIGA Journal, Critique, U&lc, Garden Design, Fan, The Forward.
She’s currently writing a six-part series on becoming a contributing illustrator for Adobe Stock and critiquing 25 self-published novels for Writer’s Digest.