Elana is the principal of Studio Elana Schlenker, a medium agnostic design practice established in 2011. In 2015, she was selected as a Young Gun by The One Club for Creativity (formerly the Art Directors Club) and named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist in 2013—both annual distinctions recognizing the world’s top creative talents under 30 (she is now over 30). In 2018 and twice in 2016, her work was shortlisted for the prestigious Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Award. Elana has spoken at creative events around the world (including Adobe MAX, Google SPAN, Offset, and Typographics) and served as a Strange Foundation Fellow and Designer in Residence at the Meta Open Arts program. She is the founder of Gratuitous Type, a magazine of contemporary graphic design, and Less Than 100, a pop-up shop for gender wage parity. Since 2016, she has also been a lecturer in the Image Text Ithaca low-residency MFA program.
A New York native and School of Visual Arts alum, Mark is an art director, award-winning designer and illustrator. He has worked under world-renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister as well as Pentagram’s Paula Scher. In 2018 Mark was awarded a 60th anniversary gold medal, The Society of Illustrator’s highest honor. His work for the book entitled 2005 was shortlisted for the Anamorphis Prize for self published photo books and obtained by MoMA’s permanent library. Mark has also been recognized and featured by The New York Times, It’s Nice That, American Illustration, AIGA, Print, FPO Awards, Wired, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Gizmodo, Communication Arts and Graphis to name a few. Mark has spoken at events, companies and institutions including Columbus Society of Communication Arts, Pratt, MICA, FIT and Hush Creative.
An MFA-turned-marketer, Leslie has worked at startups, inside venture capital, and run technology PR agencies. In doing so, she has helped hundreds of companies around the world create their identity, find their voice, and connect with their audience. In addition to her collaboration with OOO as in-house strategist, Leslie works as a sometimes full-time, often part-time, Chief Marketing Officer for high-growth companies. Leslie is a longtime mentor for Techstars and has served as Entrepreneur-In-Residence and mentor at The Idea Village in her home state of Louisiana. In 2018, Leslie was named by PRovoke as one of 25 innovators changing the face of the communications industry. She is a frequent speaker and commentator in technology marketing and business circles. Also squares.