About Leelee


Photograph by Shannon Laliberte

Portrait of Leelee Macdonell by Marina Dempster

Photograph by Marina Dempster

Me in February 2020. I live in Toronto with my husband and two rescued cats from Bangkok surrounded by my evolving collection of plants.

I enjoy living a colourful life.

My name is Leanne Macdonell, but ever since I was a little girl with pigtails everyone’s called me Leelee.

I was born in South Africa and have lived in Taiwan, Thailand, United States, and Canada. Travel has exposed me to culture and ideas that influence who I am today and the designs I create.

I’ve been a graphic designer since 1996. I help creative types communicate beyond words and get noticed with meaningful design. I have a holistic approach and use my intuition to help bring your vision to life.

My specialties are book design, surface design, and website design. I also create stationery and a variety of promotional materials to help you connect with your audience. When you need to gain clarity, I'm available for consulting.

I like projects that bring inspiration, warmth, and connectivity to our everyday lives. I'm interested in creativity, lifestyle, travel, food, nature, and family. These topics give us the power to create positivity in our own lives and the world at large.

I love to collaborate across several disciplines in design. I’m always learning something new. Most recently I've been learning how to make paper.

In my daily art practice I explore shapes, marks, layers, and textures. I'm an abstract expressionist. I delight in the process of creating things with my hands and all the possibilities it brings.

What I do
Why work with me
Who I've worked with

A Few things to know about me.

I create because I love it.

I’m passionate, joyful, and deeply invested in my craft.

Anything is possible.

Together, with humility, passion, and focus, we can bring your vision to life.

I don't do mediocre.

I give everything 130% and will go above and beyond for you, myself, and others.

Let's collaborate!
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