Who We Are

Thomas Solano


Tommy brings to our team experience in identity and environmental design.

His current work with us includes signage design for the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, environmental design for The Lawrenceville School, identity and web design for the US Modernist Archive, and communication design for the Yiddish Book Center.

Tommy is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University. While a student, he worked at Alpha Graphics, learning the print side of design, volunteered as a designer for The Starfish Foundation and In Reach (Asylum Connect), and worked as a photographer and designer in WCSU’s publication department. A Connecticut native, Tommy enjoys New Haven apizza, cinema, playing guitar, and collecting records.


Marie Roussel


Marie is experienced in the worlds of branding, UI, editorial design, and exhibition design.

Marie is currently working on a number of initiatives as part of our team, including exhibition and publication design for the Yiddish Book Center, communication design for NC State University, and brand development for the Lily Jack furniture company.

Before joining our studio, Marie worked as a freelance designer for a variety of companies and organizations, including Spaeth Hill, Creative Artists Agency, Qwoted, and The World Bank.

Originally from Connecticut, Marie has returned to her home state after spending over a decade in NYC. She loves the outdoors, reading Agatha Christie mysteries, and tag sales.


Alexander Isley


Alexander Isley leads our team of designers, establishing the strategic and creative vision for our work.

Alex has been recognized as “one of the few pioneering global designers who’s had a significant hand in bringing design to where it is today.”

His distinctive, editorially driven approach to design reflects imagination, confidence, spirit, and humor. Alex’s expertise in exhibit and signage design infuses our work, where even traditional printed pieces often feature structural and dimensional elements.

Alexander Isley first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential studio M&Co. He went on to serve as the first full-time art director of the funny and fearless Spy magazine. Alex founded our firm in 1988 in New York City, and in 1995 he relocated the office to Connecticut, where we work in a barn.

He has created award-winning identity, communication, environmental, interactive, and publication design programs for an unusually wide range of clients, including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of the Moving Image, Nickelodeon, Giorgio Armani, The Chautauqua Institution, The National Endowment for the Arts, Choate Rosemary Hall, The Smithsonian Institution, Bobby Flay, Design Within Reach, Starbuck’s, The Barefoot Contessa, Reebok, Steelcase, Goodwill, The Museum of Modern Art, Waterstone’s Booksellers, Toys “R” Us, Pez Candy, The Amsterdam Tulip Museum, The U.S. Green Building Council, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rizzoli Publications, Sotheby’s, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Blue Hill Restaurant, David Byrne, Highlights for Children, and Yale University.

Alex holds a degree in Environmental Design from NC State University and a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York. He has taught graphic design, typography, and exhibit design at Cooper Union, RISD, and the School of Visual Arts. For over fifteen years, he served as a lecturer and critic in the Yale School of Art MFA program.

In 1993 Alex was named an inaugural member of “The I.D. 40,” a survey of the country’s leading design innovators. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Zurich Design Museum, the Poster House Museum, the Letterform Archive, and the Library of Congress.

Alexander Isley is a recipient of the New York Art Directors Club Herb Lubalin Memorial Award for Art Direction and Design, the NEA International Design Education Fellowship, the SEGD Global Design Award, the Webby Award, and the Federal Design Achievement Award. He is past president of AIGA (the professional association for design) New York, and is an AIGA Fellow.

In 1998 Alex was elected to membership in AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale), an international association of designers who represent the highest level of professional achievement.

In 2014 he was awarded the profession’s highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in recognition of lifetime achievement and contributions to the field.

In a recent Graphic Design: USA magazine poll, Alex was named by his peers as one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years.

Donald Trump has called his work “a piece of garbage.”

Alex and his wife and partner, Veronica Burke, are the proud parents of three curious children.

When Alex was a boy, he met Colonel Sanders. As they shook hands, they came very close to making eye contact.


Veronica Burke

Business Director

Veronica brings editorial, design, and communication experience to Alexander Isley Inc.

Before joining our firm, Veronica was an editor and writer for a number of publications including Digital ReviewDiversionEntréeBoston Magazine, and the Kilburn Times in London.

She once had a job writing fortune cookie inserts.

In addition to her editorial experience, Veronica has worked as an interior designer, most notably at Gomez Associates in New York City. She has worked with Alexander Isley Inc. since 1996.

Veronica graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications.

She lives in Connecticut with her family and enjoys skiing, running, and gardening in her spare time.


Stuart R. Berman

Accounting Manager

Stuart brings more than 20 years of accounting and management experience to our team.

Stuart lives in Wilton, Connecticut, a short distance from our studio. He enjoys outdoor activities, particularly fishing, canoeing, and horseback riding. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Northeastern University, where he participated in the five-year cooperative education program.



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