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Elizabeth Carey Smith has been a designer for 16 years. She works with clients big and small off-site and on. Having worked in lots of design studios for clients in fashion, branding, the arts, and more, Elizabeth specializes in typography, type design, art direction, and lettering.

Elizabeth completed her post-grad in Typeface Design from Cooper Union, and now serves as a board member for the Type Directors Club. She believes in the power of the authentic message—through letters, words, images, and visualized data. 

Design Director for ECS
Board of Directors, Type Directors Club

Past & Upcoming Speaking Engagements

"Type in Couture"
TYPO Berlin, May 2018

"Urgency! In! Typography!"
Society of News Designers Conference, NYC, March 24, 2018

Conference Moderator
Also presenting "Type in Couture"
Type Drives Culture TDC Conference, NYC, March 23, 2018

Conference Moderator
— ATypI, Montreal, September 2017

"Type in Couture"
— TypeCon, Boston, August 2017

—Type Over Time, March 2017

"How Big Branding Shapes Our Sense of Place"
— Typographics, June 2016

"Return of the Type Director"
— The Type Directors Club, May 2015

Select Freelance Clients

NRDC | Natural Resources Defense Council
Hillary for America
The City of New York
Mucca Design
OCD | The Original Champions of Design
Frere-Jones Type
Commercial Type
Phillip Lim 3.1
National Gallery of Victoria
BUST Magazine

Production Type
Architectural Record
Oxford University Press
Melbourne Festival

Post-grad certificate in Typeface Design, Type@Cooper
BFA, Visual Communications, College for Creative Studies


Freelance Design Director, NRDC | Natural Resources Defense Council
Lead Designer, OCD | The Original Champions of Design
Freelance Design Director, Mucca
Design Director, ZADY
Design Director, Chandelier
Senior Art Director, ModCo
Senior Designer, Lincoln Center
Senior Designer, National Gallery of Victoria
Senior Designer, RAFT
Senior Designer, BUST Magazine
Designer, Deloitte

Teaching Positions

University of the Arts: 5-day letterform workshop, March 2017

City College: Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design & Typography,

NYU: Adjunct Professor of Typography, 2010

Geelong Grammar School: Year Ten workshops, 2008, 2009, 2011