Moderating ATypI, introducing keynote speaker Paula Scher.

Moderating ATypI, introducing keynote speaker Paula Scher.


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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 top New York agencies to small Australian studios; from big publications to an indie feminist magazine; major cultural institutions like Lincoln Center and Australia's National Gallery of Victoria; and from in-house corporate to a startup in sustainable fashion.

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, with her husband and daughter.

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


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

Hillary for America
Mucca Design
OCD | The Original Champions of Design
The City of New York
Phillip Lim 3.1
Food & Wine

National Gallery of Victoria
BUST Magazine
Architectural Record
Oxford University Press
Melbourne Festival

Speaking Engagements

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