Shipshape Studio
Creative Studio - Los Angeles, CA


Our team is versatile and, well, eclectic.


You know when you see an ad out in the world and it just speaks to you? It’s not specifically the color, or the photo or headline, exactly. Yet all together, it feels so intuitive, fresh, and real that you want to be friends with that brand?

That’s where we come in.

Think of us as teammates. We partner with our clients to help them reach their business goals through smart, strategic creative that's not short on je ne sais quoi. How do we do it? A heap of experience, and a really focused—yet flexible—process.





Measure Twice, Cut Once, But Don’t Measure a Third Time

Setting every project up for success starts with a good foundation. With clarity on goals, we’ll take the lead on user research, discovery, roadmapping, and good old-fashioned moodboarding. However, we don't get mired in the speculation phase. After we've done our due diligence, we start testing. Because we know we'll learn so much more after we get something out into the world.


Consider the

Bird’s Eye View and
Worm’s Eye View

As we work through creative solutions, we constantly step back to see your big-picture business goals. Simultaneously, we grab a microscope and sweat the details. Great design is in the execution.


Break it Down

We pause throughout the process to gut check with real people to make sure we’re on the right track. We're never afraid to be wrong and go back to the drawing board.


Implement IRL, for real

Our work isn’t done once we drop some PNGs in your inbox. We’ll work with developers to launch your product, strategize next steps, print your business cards, and yes, even help you with your pitch deck.




Elaine Chernov

Design Lead, Founder

Elaine's career started over a decade ago at ad agencies (Y&R, Wunderman, Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Commonground) and design studios (VSA Partners, Webb deVlam, Little Big Brands, The Designory). She's worked on brands such as Land Rover, MillerCoors, Coca-Cola, Rubbermaid, McDonalds, Toshiba, Bacardi, Subaru, Girl Scouts, Honda, Bombay Sapphire, 3M.

For the last 5 years, she has focused on running the interactive and results-driven design process at several tech start-ups, including DogVacay (acquired by, GiveForward (also acquired), NomNomNow, Edmodo, Knowledge Hound, and others. Her work has been honored by the Webbys, the ADDYs and the One Show. She's been published and written about by Dwell, HOW, Rockport, AIGA, Tomorrow The Mag, Ferocious Quarterly.

Her specialty is combining fresh, concept-driven creative with data, strategy, and user research.

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Jill Russell

Content + Copy Lead

For over 15 years, Jill has been making creative content in roles that span writing, editorial direction, and brand strategy. She started out working as a designer in Detroit (Quicken Loans), Philly (Alstin Advertising), and Boston (Simmons College). After realizing her passion lied in words and writing, she earned an MA in Publishing, Writing, and Literature from Emerson College.

Since, she worked as a lifestyle editor at Martha Stewart’s Whole Living and built and managed content teams at Groupon, Beautylish, DogVacay (acquired by, and Thrive Market. She’s overseen everything from packaging copy and CRM campaigns to video scripts and blogs with 2.5M+ monthly readers. Her work has appeared on Trulia, The Huffington Post, Refinery29, and Lucky, among others. She's a champion of building detailed style guides and loves telling stories through words and images. 

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John Flynn

UX Lead

John started his career in studying user interactions in video game design. For the last 5 years he's focused on user experience, research, and interactive design for Disney, Marvel, Twenty20, Symantec, DogVacay, Nickelodeon, and many others.

John is methodical about creating the right process to discover, build, and create great user experiences—especially in mobile apps or responsive sites. He's especially sensitive to make sure we're treating users and their data ethically.

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Igor Kholin

Digital Marketing + SEO Lead

Igor is a master of digital marketing with a decade of experience in search engine optimization and paid search management. As the senior SEO & SEM manager at a leading digital marketing agency Coalition Technologies, he helped more than 200 companies improve their online visibility and drive business growth.

He's here to help us be very strategic in all our content marketing efforts.

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Aki Chang


A graduate of Miami Ad School, Aki first interned for Saatchi & Saatchi in Moscow. Since she's blessed the halls of mcgarrybowen, GOOD/Corps, Enso and other agencies. She's done UI work for Google, ads for the Ad Council, and projects for Forever 21, Reebok, and many others. 



Brand Strategy
Brand Positioning
Identity/Logo Design
Brand Guidelines
Tone of Voice and Messaging
Collateral Design

Asset Libraries

Graphic Design
Print Design
Editorial Design
Environmental Design

Product Design
Research and Discovery
Vision Boards
App Icon Design
UX Mapping
Visual Design
User Interface Design
User Testing
User Research

Web Design
Landing Pages
Marketing Sites

Brand Marketing
Content Strategy
Content Calendars
Copy Style Guides
Lead Magnets
CRM/Email/Drip Campaigns
Social Media Marketing
SEO Marketing
Long-Form Content

Advertising Campaigns
Digital Advertising
Marketing Campaigns
Art Direction

Animated Videos
Video Ads