Leslie Bonzella

Leslie is a Brooklyn-based art director and designer. She is currently art directing at NFW making the world’s boldest brands more sustainable.

Leslie is a Scorpio sun, Virgo moon which makes her the “most organized creative you’ve ever met” (direct quote from her project manager). Her unique Zilennial perspective brings order (and aesthetics) to chaos.

She brings a thoughtful approach to every solution she builds. She loves making complicated things simple.



The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is recognized as one of the best R&B albums of all time. In my 12x 12 coffee table book, I explore how Ms. Lauryn Hill’s lyrics can be expressed visually. I utilize a system of color, photographs, and hand-drawn elements to portray sound and emotion.

Lauryn Hill’s journey to transcendence is told in three parts through her first and only full studio album. This album tells a spiritual journey of a talented artist who wanted nothing more than to stay out of the spotlight. Along the way, she is forced to reconcile with fame, the loss of love, and newfound self-acceptance. She ends the album with a new world view. This book is my visual interpretation of each track on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Each track includes a combination of a lyric page, expression page, and imagery page. Expression pages are made up of texture and hand-drawn elements that I created while listening to the song.