Ilana is a surface designer and author with a crush on handmade type, playful patterns, and helping others pursue their creative passion.

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I’m a designer and illustrator in Upstate New York. I’m mostly sweet, but also a bit salty. I do a lot of things, but turns out, only a few of them well. Lettering, illustration, design work, eating pizza, cheering on bike racers, and taste-testing chocolate. I love working on playful, visually tasteful and purposeful design projects. I have a love for delicious design and I get overly excited when brainstorming with my clients about projects.

After becoming an adjunct professor, I became passionate about helping others pursue their creative passion, which inspired my first book, Mind Your Business. I also teach online courses and workshops. When I’m not creating, I’m eating pizza in our backyard oven, and hanging with my toddler. If you think we’d be a great fit, let’s talk, I love collaborations, and can’t wait to hear about your ideas!

Select Clients

  • Michaels
  • Pier 1
  • lululemon
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Homegoods
  • Dollar Tree
  • Party City
  • Jess Lively

I love a working with brands to create artwork for their products - from greeting cards to fabric design, I'd love to learn more about your ideas. Tell me your wildest dreams, and let's make some magic. 


Represented by Jennifer Vaughn Artist Agency. For commercial work please contact Jen Vaughn at jen@jenvaughnart.com or 760-808-2462