A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, Ilene Griff has over three decades of experience as a graphic designer and visual artist. Working closely with our event design and production teams, Ilene specializes in creating art for use as identity design, print design and branding, as well as developing event floor plans, event signage, party menus, wedding ceremony programs, mitzvah product packaging, and corporate visual displays. Yeah, she’s that amazing! But aside from her mad skills on the keys, Ilene is also just plain cool. Get to know graphic designer Ilene Griff yourself here:
Ilene, in the interest of getting to know you, any insights or events from your youth you can share?
Where do I start? I used to perform in an Israeli dance group in high school when I was in Young Judea. I went on Outward Bound in Oregon in 1975 – 24 days in the wilderness with a 3 day solo. I did a 24-hour mountain bike race. I gave birth to surprise twins. I have been using a Macintosh computer since 1985. And, I always take off for Opening Day – a religious holiday. Does that work?
Sure does. And, the obvious. How long have you worked at Evantine Design?
I have worked here for four years but it feels like ten.
You work in Evantine Years. What are you known for professionally?
What are you best at solving for your clients and co-workers?
Picking fonts that elevate the theme and revamping how we do floor plans.
Before you started working at Evantine Design you were doing what?
I worked as a freelance graphic designer for over 25 years, working with businesses – small and large – from identity systems to high-end catalogs. Also, I worked for a year at Philadelphia Magazine before starting at Evantine Design.
Professionally, what are you most passionate about?
Anything Eames, Saarinen, or Mid-Century. As well as Stenberg Brothers, House Industries and beautiful fonts to play with.
Personally, what are you most passionate about?
Bringing up two independent daughters, watching them go through school and college, and raising them to love watching the Tour de France.
When you’re not working you can be found…
Riding my bike, gardening, going to the ballet, and checking out the installation of our events. Some of those on the same day.
Where did you grow up?
Lafayette Hill and I left there to go to the Philadelphia College of Art. I spent my senior year at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I lived in the mid-west for three years before moving back to Philadelphia.
Do you have a favorite guilty pleasure?
Watching David Muir on ABC news. Every single night.
What is your favorite type of event to work?
Bar and bat mitzvahs! We get to create personal “branding” for the event which we carry out on anything from video screen logos, signage, napkins, table numbers, fabric wraps, or any other crazy idea Brian or Robert can think of. I also really love working on Philadelphia Magazine and Sixers’ events as the detailed signage and skinning gets more challenging each year and I love that! And of course, working closely with our clients on custom signage for their weddings is the icing on the cake.
What can’t you live without?
My bike, a good cup of coffee, my 27” iMac with a dual monitor, and a sharp X-acto knife blade. Got all that and life is good.
If you weren’t working at Evantine Design where would you be working?
I would be working for some sane, normal people instead of these obsessive design folk.
You clearly know the crowd. And, if we peeked inside your top right desk drawer what would we find?
My Shaedler rulers, proportion wheel, some mini-screw drivers, a bag of pretzels, and press-on crystals. Lots and lots of press on crystals.
Do you have a favorite hangout spot in Philadelphia? 100%, the Wissahickon.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
My former husband and I purchased an abandoned house in West Philly 25 years ago. We were original urban pioneers on Powelton Avenue.
What advice would you give to your 23-year-old self?
Get a full-time job and save for retirement! Save a lot…
Thanks Ilene. And P.S. love the photo of you directly the team.