About the Studio

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.

The studio focuses on design for science, health, education, and arts clients. 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.

We handle complex, challenging content, and deliver engaging and accessible design for diverse audiences. Our approach is concept-driven to meet each project’s unique goals and challenges.

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Mary-Jo Valentino has worked for 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 lives in New York and teaches 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 fifteen years. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. She has taught design 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. She is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her NYS MWBE certification is pending.

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