About us

We love to create brands that outshine your competition. While two businesses can offer the same product or service, each do it very differently. This is your unique story, one that no one else can own.

First we go deep to understand your customer needs, then use design thinking to engage with users to define any opportunities and potential problems. Next we explore… we ideate, create prototypes and test solutions.

These findings are then turned into powerful tools for growing your business, by articulating strategies and key messaging that are true for all stakeholders - customers, owners, managers, staff, investors. 

This is your brand, a story that has depth, meaning and truth. One that your people can speak, one that resonates, and importantly, one that pulls the right people to your product or service.

We do this with unending passion. We are boutique, flexible and results-driven, and looking forward to hearing how we can help your business.

Meet the team

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Mary Ellen Davy

Creative Director

With 25 years’ experience, Mary is the creative force behind ellen&company. She is a multi-award-winning branding expert, a founding member of the Design Task Force and an integral player in the growth of Design Thinking in New Zealand. Mary is recognised by the Designers Institute of New Zealand for services to the design industry. She is actively involved in ensuring that brands are realised, executed, understood and owned by all stakeholders. Mary strives to create brands that are elegant answers to business problems and deliver tangible commercial results.

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Vanessa Ceelen

Strategist

Vanessa brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience across law, branding and business design. Using a toolkit which includes human-centred design, she looks deep into the souls of business to truly understand their unique offering. Vanessa loves to uncover and understand unmet (and often unknown) needs, then works with businesses to deliver compelling commercial solutions. She is a customer advocate and problem solver. Vanessa negotiates well between multiple perspectives and constraints, always looking for the emerging opportunity.

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Susan Vandermeer

Project Manager

Susan’s the connector. That integral person who is seldom in the limelight, but always behind the scenes. She connects the dots: coordinates, monitors, negotiates and analyses. Susan loves a good spreadsheet! Over the years her ability to see around corners and keep two steps ahead has been vital to ensure projects are run smoothly and delivered on time, every time. Susan is qualified in advertising, marketing and in making things happen.

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Tamati Turnbull

Senior Designer

Tamati is one of those people that lights up a room with his smile. A stylish, natural designer with eight years experience across web, print and product. He has an appetite for detail and a desire to produce work that looks and functions beautifully. A great thinker and communicator, Tamati is the person you need to shape your identity perfectly.

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Sharyn Chalton

Production Artworker

Sharyn cares about the details, while always having an eye on the big picture. As our production artworker, she loves being over every dimension, pixel and printing process, to ensure all delivery is perfect, whether on the most traditional print job or the newest digital innovation. There is a lot to know behind the scenes to make sure this all goes smoothly, and that’s where Sharyn shines: making the structure sound and the facade flawless.

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Mal White

Graphic Artist

Mal is the man who makes everything we do at ellen&company look spectacular. With 25 years’ experience in the industry, he is an absolute whizz at Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as the tried-and-true traditional methods. Mal works with the design team, transforming concepts into breathtaking reality. His work has been recognised both in New Zealand and internationally.

Our achievements

We’ve won a few things over the years but the best wins are our client’s successes.

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Best Design Awards

New Zealand

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Trade New Zealand
Export Awards

New Zealand

02

TVNZ Marketing
Magazine Awards

New Zealand

04

New Zealand
Magazine Awards

New Zealand

01

TVNZ Marketing
Awards

New Zealand

01

Design Down
Under

Australia

01

ICANZ Annual
Report Awards

New Zealand

02

KPMG Environmental
Reporting Awards for
Companies

New Zealand

03

DINZ Service to
the Design Industry

New Zealand

04

Magazine Publishing
Awards

New Zealand

03

Pride in Print
Awards

New Zealand

Clients

We have created some amazing results for great brands
here are a few of them

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