A Graphic Design 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.

We help clients expand arts audiences, provide public access to research materials, clarify healthcare and public aid options, and increase awareness across many sectors. Browse our work to see examples of publication design, identities, website design and development, and more.

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  • 20 Magazine
  • The Actors Fund
  • Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
  • Atlas: DIY
  • Blue Earth Consultants / Coastal Quest
  • CEA Consulting
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • Chiron Publications
  • Climate Focus
  • Climate Policy Initiative
  • ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Community Health Advocates
  • Community Service Society of New York
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Janice Eberly
  • EcoWest
  • Energy Foundation
  • Faith in Harm Reduction
  • Stuart Firestein
  • Global Cool Cities Alliance
  • Global Heritage Fund
  • Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Hawaii Seafood Council
  • ICAN
  • Ideas42
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • The Kitchen
  • Lindsey Leininger
  • Janna Levin
  • Brian Melzer
  • Meridian Institute
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • National Archives Foundation
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers
  • National Harm Reduction Conference
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • New Horizons HIV
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • New Urban Arts
  • New York Declaration on Forests
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Oceankind
  • One Earth Designs
  • Opower
  • Our Shared Seas
  • The Owlet
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Providence CityArts for Youth
  • Rabin Martin
  • Rare
  • Random House
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Sea Change Management
  • Lee Smolin
  • Speak for the Trees Boston
  • Staten Island Museum
  • SUNY Purchase College
  • Supply Chain Sustainability Research Fund
  • Trust for Conservation Innovation
  • University of Victoria, GAPI
  • Votenet
  • Water Foundation
  • White River Solar
  • Women’s Suffrage NYC Centennial Consortium
  • World Science Festival
  • World Wildlife Fund


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 NYS and NYC.

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. She is a certified MWBE in NYS and NYC.


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

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