Three ring circus: a circus having three adjacent rings in which performances often take place simultaneously or individually.
Three Ring Studio: a multidisciplinary creative studio founded by Donald Ely which specializes in illustration, graphic design, and surface pattern design collectively or individually.
Some of Donald's clients include: A24 Films, AARP, Adventures in Disco Records, AIGA DC, ASCD, Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Magazine, Belly Kids Books, Bitch Magazine, CENTERSTAGE, Chronicle of Higher Education, Creative Mornings (Global), Creative Mornings DC, CulturalDC, DigitalArts, Environmental Defense Fund/Defend Our Future, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Erykah Badu/Baduworld, Extensis, Halsa Restaurant, Harper Macaw, Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, HOW Magazine, ImageOUT!, Johns Hopkins Health Review, KING (band), League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, Port Tobacco Theater, Red Bull, The Runcible Spoon, Shawshank Diner, Silver Screen Society, STYLE Magazine, Theater J, TT the Artist, Urban Institute, Urbanite Magazine, Washington Post Express, Worn Magazine
Awards and recognitions:
AIGA50 2018 Award for Source Festival Branding
GDUSA American Inhouse Design Awards (2017, 2016, 2015)
Association Media and Publishing Excel Award (2016 Gold)
Society of Illustrators 58 Annual Exhibition (2015)
Communication Arts Illustration Annual (2016, 2015)
American Illustration–AI-AP Online Archive (2016, 2015)
Richmond Society of Illustrators Illustration Annual (2012)