Ellen Stoehr Design
freelance creative director \\ designer


Thoughts become things


This is An opinion blog about typography, design, and the challenges or innovations across different projects but mostly, this blog showcases the things I think about.


In Season 8, Episode 14 of The Office, Dwight Schrute says this: “The Schrutes have a word for when everything in a man's life comes together perfectly. ‘Perfectenschlag.’ Right now, I am in it.” Then he goes on to list why...

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The nine-to-five gig was never meant for me

Quitting your job without having another job lined up is not for everyone. Most heart rates increase at the very mention of such a topic. I agree, it's not for everyone but I went ahead and did it anyway, and now that I’ve been out of a "nine-to-five gig" for a few months, I must say, this is the life for me.

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Blessed Ramadan; Designing a sign for the MN Council of Churches

The issue
We are in a context of increased disrespect for Muslims. From hate crimes to a presidential campaign where fear and hate speech seem to becoming more of the norm. Perhaps Minnesotans, as our best selves, could turn the tides with a shared narrative of respect that stands in quiet opposition to the bigotry and hatefulness.

The solution
A sign design to place in the yards of communities with a simple message, "To Our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan," during the Ramadan season; the beginning of consideration for an opportunity to grow a movement this Ramadan.

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Save the Dates for Brooke and Sam

I was having dinner with my dear friends Brooke and Sam who recently got engaged, to be married in September. After multiple questions to Brooke on the wedding color palette, dress, location, and food, I asked, “When are the Save the Dates going out?” Brooke looked at Sam and it was evident that they didn’t plan on sending out any Save the Dates—only the invitations. It was at that moment I insisted to design the Save the Dates on their behalf because I know how quickly calendars fill up in September due to weddings and other weekend events. September be cray-cray.

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