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.

Imaginary Office is a certified MWBE in NYS and NYC.

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  • 20 Magazine
  • The Actors Fund
  • Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
  • Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
  • Atlantic Council
  • Atlas: DIY
  • CEA Consulting
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • Children’s Defense Fund New York
  • Chiron Publications
  • Climate Breakthrough
  • Climate Focus
  • Climate Lead (Climate Leadership Initiative)
  • Climate Policy Initiative
  • ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Coastal Quest
  • 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
  • Hawaii Seafood Council
  • ICAN
  • Ideas42
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Kingfisher Foundation
  • The Kitchen
  • Lead Free Kids New York
  • Janna Levin
  • lululemon
  • Brian Melzer
  • Makahakama Foundation
  • Meridian Institute, Supply Chain Sustainability Research Fund
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • National Archives Foundation
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers
  • National Harm Reduction Coalition
  • National Harm Reduction Conference
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • New Horizons HIV
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • New Urban Arts
  • NYC Health
  • New York Declaration on Forests
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Oceankind
  • One Earth Designs
  • Opower
  • Our Shared Seas
  • OurWaterLA
  • The Owlet
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Philadelphia Department of Health
  • Providence CityArts for Youth
  • Rabin Martin
  • Rare
  • Random House
  • RELP (formerly Greenmap)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women
  • Sea Change Management
  • Seattle Housing Authority
  • Lee Smolin
  • Speak for the Trees Boston
  • Staten Island Museum
  • SUNY Purchase College
  • Trust for Conservation Innovation
  • University of Victoria, GAPI
  • Votenet / eBallot
  • Water Foundation
  • WeAct
  • 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.

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.