Studio Elana Schlenker

About us

Studio Elana Schlenker is a design practice established by Elana Schlenker in 2011. We specialize in visual identities, interactive work, and printed matter, but maintain an intentionally diverse practice—collaborating with clients of all sizes and from a wide range of industries.

Select clients include the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Carnegie Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Charles H. Revson Foundation, Condé Nast, Conveyor Editions, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dusen Dusen, Facebook, Image Text Ithaca Press, International Center for Photography, The New Yorker, Phaidon, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Princeton Architectural Press, and THINX.

Beyond commissioned projects, we publish gratuitous_hoveryGratuitous Type, an occasional magazine of graphic design featuring interviews and projects from leading creatives, and run elana_hoveryLess Than 100, a traveling pop up shop dedicated to achieving gender wage parity. Through our latest project, Placeholder, we commission and install artwork in public spaces.

Our work has been exhibited and is held in collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It has been featured extensively in books, magazines, and online media, including AIGA Eye On Design, Aperture’s The PhotoBook Review, BuzzFeed, Communication Arts, Computer Arts Collection, Dazed Digital, Elephant, Google SPAN reader, Idea Magazine, It’s Nice That, NBC Nightly News, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Print, and Self Publish Be Happy.

General inquiries


Studio hours: M-F, 10-6pm

61 Greenpoint Ave, Ste. 512
Brooklyn, New York 11222

400 Friday Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15209


elana2_hoveryElana Schlenker has been honored with the Art Directors Club Young Gun award; named to the Center for Architecture’s Graphic Design Shortlist; and selected as a Print Magazine New Visual Artist, an annual distinction recognizing 20 of the world’s top creative talents under age 30. She served as a Designer in Residence at the Facebook Analog Research Lab in Menlo Park, California in 2016 and often speaks about her work at conferences and design events, among them Adobe MAX, Google SPAN, One Day Out, and Typographics. Since 2016, she has lectured at the Image Text Ithaca MFA program at Ithaca College.


Designer Élise Rigollet joined the studio in 2017. Élise is a French graphic designer with a Masters degree from ENSAD, Paris. She previously worked with Leslie David (Paris) and FISK (Portland). She enjoys editorial design, Riso printing and making zines.


For interactive projects, we collaborate with the creative web development studio Maria Adelaide.


Layne Filio holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently working toward a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University. She has been our Studio Manager (and resident television expert) since 2015.


We do not maintain a regular internship program, but on occasion accept exceptional student designers for paid opportunities within the studio. Past interns include Juan Aranda, Nicolette Francis, Lily Fulop, Emily Green, Michael Quedna, and Sean Suchara.


Responding to the unique requirements of each project, we are able to draw on a deep network of exceptional creative collaborators to bring together flexible teams tailored to our clients’ needs. For select projects, we also collaborate with Mark Pernice as Out of Office.


Nice video interview, recorded following Elana's talk at MagCulture's Modern Magazine 2014 conference.


Elana's talk from Made by Few 2015 is available here. 💬


We're featured in 'The First Thing I Ever Designed' on AIGA's Eye On Design


We are so pleased to have two recent book projects shortlisted at the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards!


For freelance and internship inquiries, please send us your portfolio along with a brief introduction. We do not consider solicitations without portfolios. We regret we cannot respond to all inquiries. 😘


Oops we did it again! Wood River, Blue Pool has been shortlisted for the 2018 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards!


Instagram: @ElanaSchlenker


🌅🌅🌅 Our Sunset Samples zine has been reprinted in a very limited quantity. Order a copy here. Zines ship Dec 2019.