Currently drinking caffeinated anything, building/designing Thinkshift tables, and designing all things awesome at Jarosz Knives LLC and storEDGE.

Elissa is a self driven designer who grew up on an acreage in rural Nebraska who loves to create in other aspects of design as well. Throughout her life she has been exposed to many different realms of hands-on craftsmanship that has been perfected through family generations such as carpentry, knife making, and jewelry design for which this has shaped her into the designer she is today. Creating and experimenting in different aspects of design has strengthened her creative drive towards being an innovative and technological designer.

If you would like to be added to the Thinkshift waiting list, please feel free to contact me via email. A team member or myself will get back to you as soon as possible.

Check out my resume.



November 2016 - Present

Thinkshift the Pattern Project
CEO/Founder and Designer
June 2016 - Present

Jarosz Knives LLC
Visual/Graphic Designer
May 2013 - Present

Marathon Press
Web Developer Intern
May 2015 - August 2015

Family First Dental
Dental Assistant/Designer
June 2013 - August 2014

Pfeifer Photography
Sports Advertising Designer
April 2013 - June 2013

Norfolk Area Shopper
Ad/Print Design Intern
January 2013 - April 2013

Jarosz Construction Inc.
Summer 2012 - Summer 2015

6+ years additional design experience.


Kansas City Art Institute
BFA, Graphic Design 2016
AIGA Student Chapter, Community Programmer
AIGA, Member

Northeast Community College
Associate of Applied Science Degree, Graphic Design 2013
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
President Honors
AIGA, Member

Humphrey Saint Francis High School
Class of 2011
Future Business Leaders Of America
Yearbook Design Team 2011


Best Marketing Services voted by ISS 2018
Best Marketing Services voted by ISS 2017

Little Things New York Article Feature
Thinkshift The Pattern Project

Jarosz Knives LLC Article Features
Blade Co. USA
Ka-Bar Knives New York
Knife News
Blade Magazine
Hunting Life Magazine
Everyday Commentary
Tactical Store Magazine
The Custom Blade
Blade HQ

AAF-KC Student American Advertising Silver Award
Nelson Atkins Museum Big Picnic

Package Inspiration Feature
Manco Brewing Co.
Swiss Miss Redesign
Root Water
Chiclets Redesign

KCAI Competitive Transfer Scholarship
Merit Based Scholarship

NECC Library Design Award
Shutter Island Poster

All Conference 2-D Best in Show 2011
Gas Mask Acrylic Painting

All Conference 2-D Best in Show 2010
Fallen Soldier Pencil Drawing


KCAI Preflight Graphic Design Senior Show
Kansas City, MO 2016

KCAI Patron Preview
Kansas City, MO 2015 - 2016

KCAI Wander Graphic Design Show
Kansas City, MO 2015

Mill's Record Store Day Art Show 
Kansas City, MO 2015

Folly Theater
Kansas City, MO 2014

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Department of Art Gallery
Lincoln, NE 2013

NECC Graphic Design Show
Norfolk, NE 2013

Cornhusker Conference Art Show
Humphrey, NE 2011

Cornhusker Conference Art Show
Humphrey, NE 2010