20 Projects From Graham Hanson Design’s First 20 Years

Visual Profile Books has published the work of New York-based graphic design firm GHD/Graham Hanson Design (now GHD Partners). This carefully curated monograph, titled “20/20 Twenty Projects Twenty Years,” showcases twenty of the the firm’s most important projects — from early work to recently completed projects — including work for Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Google, and The Smithsonian Institution.



Packed with beautiful photographs and informative annotations, the monograph begins with introductions from the editor, architectural and design author, Roger Yee, and noted design educator Jeff Bellantoni. Reflections from founder J. Graham Hanson, along with an extensive index of additional projects spanning the firm’s years of practice, close out the book.


20/20’s 192 pages cover the full scope of GHD’s expertise in branding, print, environmental graphics, and more, offering readers a look into the first twenty years of the studio’s approach to design.


The founder, Graham Hanson, studied at Iowa State University and at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Prior to founding GHD Partners, he was with Vignelli Associates. His large-scale environmental graphic design highlights at GHD Partners include: American Institute of Architects/NY Awards Program, Carnegie Hall, General Motors Building, Google Headquarters (Multiple Locations), Holt Renfrew, Kuwait National Museum, Museum of Arts & Design Exhibitions, Panasonic, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He was an Associate Professor and thesis advisor in the Graduate Communications Design program at Pratt Institute from 1996 until 2016, and lectures on a variety of design-related issues. He has served on the Executive Committee of the AIGA/NY as vice president and currently is a member of the National Board of Directors for the Society of Environmental Graphic Design in Washington DC. A retrospective exhibition of his work, entitled “Breaking Boundaries/Expanding Limits”, was held at the Puck Building in Manhattan in 2001. He was the recipient of the 2002 Design Achievement award from Iowa State University and is a past GDUSA Person To Watch.