Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process was authored and designed by AHL&CO Principal Peter Ahlberg following a two-year long research period in which he interviewed numerous graphic design professionals about their individual processes. Published by Skira Rizzoli in 2016, the book features transcribed and edited interviews with Michael Bierut, Experimental Jetset, Paul Sahre, Natasha Jen, Milton Glaser, Karlssonwilker, Maira Kalman, Ed Fella, Seymour Chwast, Abbott Miller, Elliott Earls, Post Typography, Gail Anderson, Nicholas Blechman, John Gall, Stephen Doyle, Bob Gill, Chermayeff & Geismar, James Victore, Paula Scher, and Stefan Sagmeister. It also contains images of previously unpublished process-based work from the archives of these same designers, as well as Erik Carter, Dress Code [Dan Covert + Andre Andreev], Alan Fletcher, Ji Lee, Oliver Munday, Joe Newton, Sally Thurer, and ZutAlors! [Frank DeRose + Brendan Griffiths]. Additional texts include an introduction by Peter Ahlberg and a foreword by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, where the corresponding exhibition was held in early 2016. For more information about the show, go here.
Book design for Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Developed in close collaboration with the artist Ann Hamilton, the book is a comprehensive documentation of her transformative site-specific installation at the Pulitzer's Tadao Ando-designed building.
Logo, branding, environmental graphics, publications, and ongoing design direction for New York museum devoted to the exploration of the medium of drawing. In addition to stationery and all promotional collateral, we reconceived the Drawing Papers publications as a series of small-format paperbacks that can be produced within modest budgets and timelines while still highlighting the featured artist's work, enabling the institution to produce one for every exhibition. As part of a major building renovation, we designed all of the permanent signage and developed design standards for exhibition wall graphics and labels.
Book design for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In keeping with the concept of the Double Life exhibition, which featured three contemporary artists and explored the expanded nature of performance, the book uses color and text/image orientation to engage the reader in a subtle physical "performance."
Book authorship and design for the School of Visual Arts. The SVA Senior Library features the work of 100+ recent graduates. In order to give the book a cohesive voice, we took thousands of disparate images and made 512 pages of new and unique compositions, turning scores of finished work pieces into pure, essential form. Our concept for the book also addressed the relationship between analog and digital design, referencing both old-school cut-and-paste zines and today's cutting-edge motion graphics.
Book design for Studio Libeskind's presentation at the 2014 Venice Biennale
Logo, branding, and publications series for an artist-run contemporary art gallery in Brooklyn, NY
Logo and branding for architectural history and research organization
Book design for MIT List Visual Arts Center/Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Conceptualized and edited in close collaboration with the artist’s estate.
Logo for non-profit organization that fosters cultural exchange between the US and Mexico
Book and custom type design for MIT List Visual Arts Center
Book, exhibition graphics, and custom type design for Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Logo, branding, and website for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The four-shape mark is derived from CAMH's iconic Gunnar Birkerts-designed building. The central piece of promotional collateral is a folded mailer that announces upcoming exhibitions with oversize posters and a tear-out calendar of events.
Logo and branding for theater and music licensing company (in collaboration with Paul Sahre)
Book design for Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Book design for Rizzoli New York. George Weld and Evan Hanczor's cookbook with recipes from Brooklyn's Egg restaurant.
Book design for Rizzoli New York. Cookbook by the beloved author Betty Rossbottom.
Branding and custom illustrations for printed and digital collateral for The Menil Collection's annual children's costume party and fall harvest festival in Houston.
Typeface and poster design. Studio-based project initiated after an extended visit to Japan.