Who We Are

Alexander Isley

Designer

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

Alex first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. He went on to serve as the first full-time art director of the funny and fearless Spy magazine. In 1988 Alex founded Alexander Isley Inc. in New York City. In 1995 he relocated the firm to Connecticut in order to be closer to trees.

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. He has served as a lecturer and critic in the graduate program of the Yale School of Art.

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, and the Library of Congress.

Alex is a recipient of the NY Art Directors Club Herb Lubalin Memorial Award for Art Direction and Design, the NEA International Design Education Fellowship, and the Federal Design Achievement Award.

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. He is past president of AIGA (the professional association for design) New York and is an AIGA Fellow.

He is a past board member of Creative Connections, an international cultural exchange organization. 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.

Alexander Isley is a 2014 recipient of the AIGA Medal, awarded for lifetime accomplishment and contributions to the field.

Alex lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three curious children. He becomes unusually agitated in supermarkets and no one can quite understand why.

When he was a boy he met Colonel Sanders.

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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.

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Erika Back

Designer

Erika is a brand strategist and identity, web, and publication designer.

Her work with our firm includes editorial design for the Yiddish Book Center, identity design for Hutton Brickyards, book design for Highlights for Children and TRUMPF Inc., catalog and advertising development for Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs, and communication design for The Home Depot.

Erika was awarded her BFA in Graphic Design and Photography with a minor in Digital Media from the University of Connecticut. She also studied at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, an internationally renowned college of art and design.

Prior to joining Alexander Isley Inc., Erika held design positions at Tiger 21, JB Design, and LEGO.

Originally from Toronto, Erika is an intrepid traveler. In her free time, she is an avid ice hockey player and fitness and nutrition buff.

Erika can usually be found listening to ’50s – ’80s music and podcasts. She enjoys photography, memorizing movie lines, and playing trivia games with family and friends.

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Shannon Stolting

Designer

Shannon has wide range of experience in branding, print and digital communications, packaging, web design, and marketing.

Her assignments with Alexander Isley Inc. include identity and editorial design for TEDMED, environmental design for The Westport Library, and the development of identity and communication materials for The Home Depot.

She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Shannon is a Connecticut native. Outside of work she enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, traveling, and spending time with the dogs at the animal shelter in her hometown.

She loves music and books, and can often be found playing board games with her friends and family.

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Fred Johnson

Accounting Manager

Please welcome Fred, the newest addition to our team at Alexander Isley Inc.

So new that we don’t yet have his photo.

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Teddy

Obligatory Office Mascot

Teddy’s a good boy. Yes, he is.

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