Ilana Griffo has many talents to her name. The illustrator, letterer, and author describes herself as a person with a crush on handmade type, playful patterns, and helping others pursue their creative passion. The help she offers is simple but poignant: posting encouraging messages on her Instagram page written in bold typography.
“You are strong and brave,” reads one post; “Make the time,” reads another. And with more than 10 thousand followers, it’s clear that people are listening to her carefully chosen words.
“I came from a line of strong creative women, and that was a huge influence,” Griffo shared with Freelance Wisdom. “When I took my first design class, I was hooked! While I was in school, I took on any side project I could to get experience, and eventually, those side projects became more demanding than my full-time job.”
Working as a designer and illustrator in Upstate New York, Griffo also teaches online courses and workshops. She’s also written the book Mind Your Business which teaches entrepreneurs how to turn their creative passions into money-makers.
Make room for her messages on your Instagram feed. You won’t regret it.