About the Studio

Overview

Imaginary Office is a graphic design and communications studio founded in 2009 by Esther Chak and Mary-Jo Valentino, who met as graduate students at Rhode Island School of Design.

Our services support nonprofit and mission-driven organizations whose meaningful work has helped expand arts audiences, provide public access to research materials, clarify healthcare and public aid options, and increase awareness across many sectors.

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Clients

  • 20 Magazine
  • The Actors Fund
  • Blue Earth Consultants / Coastal Quest
  • California Environmental Associates
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • Chiron Publications
  • Climate Focus
  • Climate Policy Initiative
  • Community Service Society of New York
  • EcoWest
  • Energy Foundation
  • Stuart Firestein, Columbia University
  • Global Cool Cities Alliance
  • Global Heritage Fund
  • Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Hawaii Seafood Council
  • Ideas42
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • The Kitchen
  • Lindsey Leininger, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Janna Levin
  • Brian Melzer, Northwestern University
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • National Archives Foundation
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • New Urban Arts
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • One Earth Designs
  • Opower
  • The Owlet
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Providence CityArts for Youth
  • Rabin Martin
  • Random House
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Sea Change Management
  • Lee Smolin
  • Stuart Firestein
  • SUNY Purchase College
  • Trust for Conservation Innovation
  • University of Victoria, GAPI
  • Votenet
  • White River Solar
  • World Science Festival

Background

Mary-Jo and Esther met as graphic design graduate students at Rhode Island School of Design. Their backgrounds in liberal arts inform a design approach that considers how content is experienced culturally, visually, and verbally.

Mary-Jo Valentino has worked for over fifteen years in media development and design, with experience in web, radio and print environments. She holds a BA in English from Princeton University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught graphic design history and sustainable systems at Parsons The New School for Design. She is a certified WBE in NYC and NYS.

Esther Chak has been practicing design for over fifteen years. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught design studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her design work has been recognized by AIGA, Print Magazine, and Chicago Design Archive, among others. Her NYS MWBE certification is pending.

Recognition

Our work has been awarded by the Sappi Ideas that Matter program in 2012 and 2010, and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2013. View award-winning projects