Ellen Drewes            Designer



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I’m an interdisciplinary UX and visual designer from San Francisco, California. I’m interested in projects that make things better, with tools that are a pleasure to use.

Skills: UI/UX Design, visual design, HTML, CSS, art direction, writing.

This site was made with WordPress. I built the theme using Thematic. This is a work in progress, amazing features such as faster loading and UX case studies coming soon.



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HipType, a suite of tools to add interactivity and analytics to iBooks Author, was a project developed during a three-day trip on Startupbus 2012 to Austin, TX. As one of a four-member team I managed UX, visual design and helped with business development.



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An iOS app for managing diabetes care.



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Decorati.com was a popular interior design startup that incorporated high-end ecommerce, designer portfolios and interior design inspiration in one place. The site featured 500+ top design trade-only manufacturers and over 80,000 products and was acquired by Gilt Groupe in 2011. I managed user experience, visual design and branding for three years, overseeing a complete site redesign, major pivots and the launch of numerous new products and features.

Decorati in the New York Times

Decorati in TechCrunch



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Cornerstory.com, currently in beta, is a location-based social storytelling platform that allows users to share their experiences — and experience the world — in an unprecedented new way.

I founded, designed and coded this site and am currently preparing for launch in February 2012.

Shane’s Studio


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This portfolio and blog package for interior designer Shane Reilly, based in wordpress, was designed for maximum flexibility. The blog handles video, text and twitter posts in unique ways; the portfolio includes a backend for client management.

Decorati Access Emails


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Each week, decorati.com sent an email digest to its userbase of over 50,000 designers and design enthusiasts. These anticipated emails were presented in appealing editorial style. I was in charge of every step of this process, from writing headlines to designing unique editorial graphics.



Life Recordings


Renoir Identity


Campaign fundraiser


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These invitations to a fundraising dinner for SF Assemblyman Tom Ammiano doubled as place cards and came in a variety of styles highlighting platform highlights.

Prospectives International Digital Arts Festival


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An 11×17″ piece that doubled as a poster and a mailer. I designed the front and the back so that they could be placed side by side to make a huge, eye-catching poster.

Earth Day Poster/ID


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Logo, identity and collateral for Nevada EcoNet’s Earth Day celebration.

Dolce Collateral


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Identity system/stationery. Won a gold Addy award and was featured in HOW magazine’s October 2007 edition.

Black Sheep Dip Posters/Collateral

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This regional music and art festival featured 12 bands doing 12-minute sets each.

Silver Legacy Posters