Ballard Food Bank
2021
Environmental
Identity
Illustration
Site Visits, Presentations, Concepting, Design Development, and Final Design/Production Artwork of Identity and Custom Illustration.

Ballard Food Bank serves Seattle by providing food, support, and essential services, and has done so for almost five decades. In 2021, Ballard Food Bank expanded into their new space designed by Graham Baba Architects. Studio Matthews developed an updated brand that embodies a renewed mission: providing critical services that extend far beyond food. Centered around the new tagline, "A Hub for Hope", and a family of bright iconographic illustrations, this sentiment was reflected throughout signage, environmental graphics and donor recognition within the new space.

Seattle, Washington
Plywood, Vinyl, Print
Site: 11,000sf
Studio Matthews

Principal: Kristine Matthews
Project Lead: Marta Bernstein
Designer: Eli Kahn
PM: Meg Graham
Fabricator: NW Signs
Photographer: William Wright, Lara Swimmer

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Communication Arts,
Branding and Environmental Design Award, 2022

SEGD Global Design Awards, Finalist,
Placemaking and Identity Award, 2022

Core77 Design Awards, Runner Up,
Design for Social Impact Award, 2022

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Year
Type
Project
2023
Cooper Hewitt — Give Me A Sign
Exhibition
2023
Story Boards SDF
Environmental
Exhibition
2023
Seattle Parks Foundation
Identity
Illustration
2023
Designing Motherhood
Exhibition
2023
Overlake Hospital
Environmental
2022
New Year’s Card
Experimental
Typeface
Print
2022
Street Weeds
Personal
Experimental
Print
2022
Plotter Run 001
Personal
Illustration
Print
2021
Ballard Food Bank
Environmental
Identity
Illustration
2021
Asurion
Wayfinding
Environmental
2021
Seattle Design Festival
Environmental
Object
Research
2020
Seattle Parking Navigation
Publication
2020
Variable Objects
Identity
Object
2019
Slip Rabbit Studio
Object
Publication
Identity
2019
Queer Internet Publication
Publication
Research
2018
Castor Sans
Typeface
2018
Tokyo Bench
Object
Research
Other Works
Various
2018–2023
Elias Kahn is a designer and artist based in Seattle, Washington.

Since graduating from the University of Washington’s Visual Communication Design program in 2020, he has worked as a designer at Studio Matthews, a multidisciplinary studio with a focus on environmental graphic design and wayfinding.

Eli imbues empathy and function into his creative output, navigating between the digital and the tangible. His interests lie in exploring unique modes of visual communication, designed experiences, and finding opportunities for technology and art to coincide.

Available for freelance.
EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Bachelor of Design
Visual Communication Design
Seattle, Washington
2020
EXPERIENCE

STUDIO MATTHEWS
Designer
Seattle, Washington
07 2020 – Present


REI CO-OP
Intern → Freelance
Seattle, Washington
Summer 2019, Spring 2020


SLIP RABBIT
Intern → Freelance
Seattle, Washington
12 2017 – 06 2020
AWARDS

with STUDIO MATTHEWS

365: AIGA Year in Design, Environmental and Experiential Design Award, 2022
for Asurion

Communication Arts, Branding and Environmental Design Award, 2022
for Ballard Food Bank