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While in grade school, the kids knew her mom as the “picture lady.” Perhaps that’s where Ellie Kort’s innate passion for art and design started. Inspired by so many teachers and artists, Ellie continued to nurture and develop her passion through high school and college, first studying interior design, then earning her B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Kansas. As a design intern in Kansas City, Ellie enjoyed the frantic and frenetic creative process in the fast-paced agency of Muller + Co. Advertising. Creating and generating design solutions for brands and clients such as Bolle, Serengeti, Tivol, and AMC Theatres, proved to be invaluable in developing Ellie’s ability to quickly, intelligently, and creatively solve for tone, brand, and concept. Encouraged by friends to seek opportunities within the formidable creative department of Hallmark Cards, Ellie soon found herself as a typography designer in Hallmark’s lettering studio. Over the next 7 years, Ellie developed a mastery of lettering design, mentored by some of the most proficient and respected lettering artists in the world. Eager to seek out new experiences, Ellie accepted a transfer to the Hallmark Business Expressions studio, where she designed custom-made greeting products for clients such as Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Wells Fargo, and Edward Jones. After a 9-year career with Hallmark, a rare and fantastic opportunity presented itself to Ellie. One of Hallmark’s international subsidiary brands was in need of her talents. Not afraid of change and conjuring her spirit of adventure, Ellie soon found herself in the role of senior designer in the United Kingdom, enjoying beans on jacket potatoes, curry, tea, and a pint on many a cold and rainy day. In addition to embracing her new home, Ellie embraced her new managerial role, leading projects, trends, and the typography team. During her 3 years in the U.K., Ellie garnered remarkable experience as a mentor, a creative manager, a collaborator, and strategic liaison with a Stateside parent company. Ellie returned to the U.S. as a senior designer for party-ware manufacturer, Creative Converting, where she currently leads the studio in the role of design manager. Ellie has quite a career to look back on, and is eager to see where her talents, skills and experiences will lead her next. In the meantime, Ellie enjoys painting abstracts, yoga, running, cycling, and the precarious balancing skill of indo boarding.Locked Pro Plan feature
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