Ely Duran


My name is Ely (pronounced Ellie), and my relationship with web and graphic design extends back to the early playgrounds of GeoCities and Xanga! I was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up in New Jersey in a lively home of five.

I developed a love of storytelling at an early age, spending my time inventing tales for my sisters by mixing familiar characters with original adventures. As I grew, that passion stayed with me and I began telling stories in a different way.

Through a combination of HTML/CSS library books and Microsoft Paint, my first website was a blog for my high school marching band, before I knew what a blog was. Afterwards, I kept an embarrassing journal of my arduous undergraduate experience in architecture school. Then came MySpace, followed years later by a string of blogs covering topics from fashion to interior design.

Though I’ve always nurtured a love for writing and graphics, I never chose to pursue either as a career. That began to change when I still found myself spending late nights working on “design favors” nine years into a career in architecture. While I find my work satisfying and continue to learn every day, there’s always been an aspect of autonomy that was missing for me. I found that outlet through my independent design projects and decided to support my interests with a formal education.

I’m excited to pursue a new career supported by my expanded skill set including audience research, information architecture, and social media strategy. My non-linear path has taught me that there is always a way to achieve a goal, even if it isn’t obvious.