Studio Elana Schlenker

About us

Studio Elana Schlenker is a multidisciplinary graphic design practice. Collaborating with clients of all sizes, we conceptualize and design visual identities, interactive work, and publications and other printed matter.

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.

Select clients include the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Charles H. Revson Foundation, Condé Nast, Conveyor Editions, Dusen Dusen, Facebook, Ithaca College, International Center for Photography (ICP), The New Yorker, Phaidon, Princeton Architectural Press, and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.

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, 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 founded the studio in 2011. Widely recognized for her graphic design and publishing work, Elana 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 New Visual Artist, an annual distinction from Print Magazine recognizing 20 of the world’s top creative talents under the age of 30. In 2016, Elana served as a Designer in Residence at the Facebook Analog Research Lab in Menlo Park, California. Elana also speaks about her work at local and international creative conferences, design events, and workshops. Since 2016, she has lectured at the Image Text Ithaca MFA program at Ithaca College.

Layne Filio has been our Studio Manager since 2015.

Recognizing that each unique project requires a unique skill set, we draw on a network of exceptional creative talent—including photographers, editors, illustrators, developers, architects, and other art directors and designers—to bring together flexible creative teams that address the individual needs of our clients and collaborators.


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.


Elana spoke to It's Nice That about some of her favorite books.


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!