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Row 1: Graham Hanson, Mariana Uchoa, Chris Bach, Adam Tanski, Beatriz Castro Row 2: Pilar Freire, Elizabeth Ward, Orion Burt, Dorothy Lin Row 3: Mayuko Soga, Lisa Sherman, Jose Troconis, Leslie Adler, Allison Christensen Row 4: Eun Joo Cha, Celine Bouchez, Nico Curtis, Steven Vuong


Studio Size

Medium (6-20)

Year founded




Studio Bio/Philosophy

GHD is an internationally recognized branding and design agency. For over 15 years, GHD has been driving results-oriented solutions for some of the world’s leading corporations and organizations. Our holistic approach and comprehensive methodology are hallmarks of our passion for innovative thinking, design excellence and timeless quality.


The Team

Graham Hanson Design has 17 people. Of those, 3 are studio heads and 3 are managerial.

24% of studios are medium-sized (6-20 people).

Gender Breakdown

41% male

59% female

Average height


Shortest: 5’0”
Tallest: 6’2”

Average age


Youngest: 23
Oldest: 48

Number of interns/year


Average: 1-2

Studio Disciplines

Breakdown of Work



Number of studio projects


Pro-bono projects



60% Strategy

40% Execution

Primary Specialties

  • Art Direction (58)
  • Books (52)
  • Brand Strategy (42)
  • Branding & Identity (77)
  • Environmental Design (38)
  • Exhibition Design (33)
  • Experience Design (33)
  • Information Graphics (41)
  • Interaction Design (36)
  • Mobile Design (30)
  • Packaging (45)
  • Print (75)
  • Web Design (59)
  • Web Development (25)

Clients’ Industries

  • Fashion (45)
  • Finance & Investment (26)
  • Local & community organizations (41)
  • Media & Publishing (58)
  • Movies/Film (19)
  • Music (28)
  • Products (32)
  • Real Estate (24)
  • Restaurants & Food (29)
  • Retail (43)
  • Technology (37)
  • The Arts/Cultural Institutions (71)

Graham Hanson Design’s Clients

  • American Express (3)
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Cohen Brothers Realty
  • Google (14)
  • Gramercy Park Hotel
  • Motorola Mobility
  • National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Panasonic
  • RFR
  • Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Undertone
  • Vbeaute Skin Care
  • Vornado Realty Trust
  • Zagat

Graham Hanson, Principal


Age 48, Male, from Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA, now lives in Rhinebeck, NY. Formal education is undergraduate degree, primary design education is school (Iowa State University).

What’s been the biggest influence on your design career?

Massimo Vignelli, Armin Hofmann, Pierre Mendel, Otl Aicher, Max Huber, Richard Poulin

Years in Design Industry

22 years

Average: 17 years

Industry before design

Truck Driver

Previous Design Employment

Teaching Design

  • Pratt Institute — 18 years
  • Parsons The New School for Design — 7 years

Board Member on Professional Design Organizations

  • AIGA New York — 2 years
  • Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) — 1 years

Mariana Uchoa, Associate Design Director


Female, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, now lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Formal education is graduate degree, primary design education is school (School of Visual Arts).

What’s been the biggest influence on your design career?

A mix between the very distinct styles of Louise Fili and Massimo Vignelli are my greatest graphic design influences; Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer; "Form follows function" Bauhaus philosophy.

Years in Design Industry

9 years

Previous Design Employment

  • Cuca Design

Pilar Freire, Associate Partner


Age 37, Female, from Panama City, Panama, now lives in Union Square, New York, NY. Formal education is graduate degree, primary design education is school (Pratt Institute).

What’s been the biggest influence on your design career?

Massimo Vignelli, Graham Hanson, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Armin Hofmann, Hoefler & Frere-Jones

Years in Design Industry

10 years

Industry before design

Management Consulting

Previous Design Employment

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

Time spent designing

50% actual

30% desired


São Paulo, São Paulo

The Space

They’ve been there for 10 years, 7 months.

Number of times moved


Total people in space


Number of conference rooms


Client meetings held in studio: Less than half

Number of plants


Working Days

Working week

The work week is 40-49 hours/week, core hours are 9:00-5:30, with the first in at 8:30am and the last out at 7:00pm.

50% of studios work 40-49 hours/week.
The average is 40-49 hours/week.

Paid Holidays

12 days

Average: 7

Work Weekends?

Once a month

Take Summer Fridays?


Busiest Time of day?

It’s high intensity all day



Plays music for 50% of the day at a quiet volume.

Biking to work


127 bikers across all studios

Pick your poison


Overall Noise Level


59% of studios are average

Extra-curricular activities

book club, knitting club, English class, Summer Movie Series, SET card game, Angry Bird Tossing

Working groups





Encourage freelance work?


Internal studio meetings

A couple times/month

Eat out for lunch?

A couple times/week

Favorite sit-down lunch: Calexico

Critiquing Process


On-screen reviews

Studio Outings

Drinks after work, Annual retreat

Favorite Place(s): Rhinebeck, NY


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  • #kerning
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