Ellen Stoehr Design
freelance creative director \\ designer
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dependable \\ honest \\ enchanting

Good designers are hard to find.

Things I hear from start-ups and small businesses:

“It would be great to have a reliable designer with creative direction who can project manage their own work.”

“We need a designer we can trust who will ask the right questions.”

“We don’t have an in-house creative team right now. What should we do?”

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Meet your new design department.

dependable \\ honest \\ enchanting

Clever and curious with a heck of an imagination, I ask the right questions because I’ve worked in so many different vertical markets — healthcare, HVAC, food & beverage, law, software, nonprofit — which allows me to see projects through a cross-pollinated lens.

I never disappear from communications. I check in with any urgent timeline needs. I reach out if something is unclear. I sincerely want to serve you, adding value and ROI to every project.

No benefits. No salary. Hire my contract services for all your sporadic design projects and pay as you need while knowing you’re in good hands.


Creative Skills

layout design

You need text and imagery laid out or formatted for print or digital? Organizing content and making hierarchal decisions is what I do very well.

Novice web support

On an existing web site, I can substitute an image, create a new banner, replace existing copy, and change hours of operation. I cannot create any new content, pages, images, etc.

Powerpoint clean up

Need a presentation but don’t have time to build slides? I can clean up those slides for you or build you a deck from scratch. The best presentation design focuses on minimizing content on slides while aligning a strong talk track.

Branding for small businessES

Lots of solorpreneurs/entrepreneurs are starting up and have no idea that they need an identity, color palette, font suite, and information on how to use all that to create a consistent brand.


Let me turn your spreadsheet data into something energetic and easy to read. Using typography, iconography and a grid, I’ll find an interesting way to showcase the content, data or story.

creation direction for campaigns

I tend to think in small messages. Whether it’s a lawn-sign that serves to raise money, a 15-day Facebook Campaign, or an annual gala, I conduct market research, ideate a theme and implement visuals and language.


Design is a tool to enhance our lives.
— Ilse Crawford


NE Minneapolis, MN


Monday - Friday
9AM - 5PM


(612) 460-5204