Meet Ellie Dote Owner, Founder, & Lead Designer

Have you ever felt like you or your business has been trapped “in the wrong story”? Have you ever wondered about the possibility of being someone else? Maybe you’re wondering what sort of legacy you or your business is leaving behind. Let me begin by saying, I know how you feel. Let me introduce myself: my name is Eleanor Anne Dote, but you can call me Ellie. I spent the first 40 years of my life as Darryl Dote, the name under which I performed many shows, accompanied many church services, and designed many pieces for churches, businesses, and organizations all over California.

I’ve spent the last two decades of my life intrigued by marketing and design, beginning with my 8th grade year when I joined the yearbook and journalism team at my school. My interest in design really took off with the arrival of Photoshop and PageMaker in our high school computer lab, and from there “the rest was history.”

In 1995, I got my first job out of high school – as a boat driver and storyteller at the Happiest Place on Earth. There, I experienced firsthand the power of immersive storytelling and learned how different ad campaigns and designs reach different audiences and how each theme draws on a different emotion to connect and bring stories to life. I watched as parents passed on their stories to their children and grandchildren, and the wide-eyed wonder as these children took it all in for the first time. It was truly a magical experience, and one that taught me a lot about who I wanted to be as a professional.

After spending 18 years in the Catholic communities of my upbringing – where I had been playing the piano and helping to develop liturgical experiences for several years – I converted to Evangelical Christianity, where I began eagerly working with a crusade ministry and church who exposed me to what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It was there that I learned the value of listening and of working hard to connect with your audience and using that to “preach for a decision” effectively and with results.

Fast forward to today, and after a stint in Anaheim, a brief amount of time at a popular coffeehouse with an all-too-familiar green logo, several experiences at various churches, and several years working for a web design firm, I have arrived here – launching my own business doing what I love to do best – working with people to help tell their stories and effectively use the tools at hand to guide people through effective messaging, branding, and design to results. More than a business, though – it’s about learning what makes your heart beat in the morning (other than a good cup of coffee) and passing that experience on together to your audience. Shall we take that journey together?

Some of My Accomplishments, Abilities, & Accolades

25+ years of experience in graphic design

Training & experience in Journalism

Familiarity with AP Styleguide

Graphic Design training & experience

HTML, CSS, & WordPress Design

Custom Database Building utilizing ACF

Professional Affiliations

Long Beach LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

Board Member at Large

Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

Member

National LGBTQ+
Chamber of Commerce

Member

Boss
Mom

2021 Advisory Board Member

Trans
Owned

Founding Member
  • Beth Bridges

    The Networking Motivator
    Clovis, California
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    I've worked with Ellie on a lot of design and web design projects and I happily hope to keep working with her on many more in the future...
    You'll get your project done, done well, on time and ... you'll enjoy the process which can be a rare treat in the web design world!
  • Krista Beavers

    Guardian Accounting, Inc.
    Clovis, California
    Ellie was fast and made designing my materials seem effortless.  The best part is knowing I can completely trust her to ensure my materials represent my company professionally and beautifully!"
  • Mia Frances-Poulin

    Mia Francis-Poulin
    New Orleans, Louisiana
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    I just finished a branding and logo creation project with Ellie, and you cannot go wrong! She helped me gain so much clarity about my brand and 10/10 will be working with her again."
  • Kayla Pendleton

    Kayla Pendleton Marketing
    Nashville, Tennessee
    I have worked with Ellie on several of my clients website projects, and she is amazing! The sites are flawless and perform well for SEO. She is a great designer.
    Highly recommend!"
  • I find myself very fortunate to have connected with Ellie. Now that I have launched Assured Senior Living Solutions, I am very proud of the design and development of my printed materials.  This allows me the confidence to present my business to the community."
  • Valerie Leuchtmann

    Aries Holistics
    Sanger, California
    Ellie has been blessing to work with. I am so glad I was guided to her sweet soul and patient nature. She was able to rein in my many visions, ideas and bring forth a beautiful identity for Aries Holistics that truly resonates with what Aries Holistics is about."

Some of our featured work

Ready for Action?

Okay, you've read the reviews, you've seen some of our work, and you know that you need to take the next step if you want to be successful with your business.  Yes, you could do it yourself, but you also know that the technology scares you.  You want to dream big, but those barriers are daunting.  So let's talk about it.  I get it.  

There's absolutely NO obligation to take this step - just you deciding to take that initiative.  
So... are you ready?  Let's dream, and dream big.
Yes, I'm ready!  Let's do this!

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