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Elizabeth Carey Smith has been a designer for 15 years. Her unorthodox trajectory has found her in a multitude of design environments, from in-house to agencies, studios to freelance.

Along the way, she has refined her typographic knowledge, completing her post-grad in Typeface Design from Cooper Union, and now by serving 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. Elizabeth lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

This pretty much sums it up. 

This pretty much sums it up. 

Freelance Creative & Design Director,  The Letter Office
Board of Directors, Type Directors Club

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

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

Speaking Engagements

"Type in Couture"
— TYPO Berlin, May 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

Teaching Positions

City College: Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design & Typography, 2011–2015
NYU: Adjunct Professor of Typography, 2010
University of the Arts: 5-day letterform workshop, March 2017
Geelong Grammar School: Year Ten workshops, 2008, 2009, 2011