Point Five is a creative studio that designs brands, editorial, and communication strategies for the organizations that are shaping the big conversations of our time. 

Our Approach


We translate big ideas into visual frameworks in print and on screen. Our process begins with strategy and research that allows us to understand our clients' goals and to develop a plan to achieve them.


Our team designs brand identities, publications, and websites. We collaborate with a brilliant community of illustrators and photographers, bringing diverse and distinctive voices to our projects.


We partner with innovative technology experts, producing a seamless process from information architecture through CMS and database development. Together we create work that stands out for its clarity and intelligence.


  • Art Direction
  • Branding & Identity
  • Content Development
  • Content Strategy
  • Consulting
  • Interactive
  • Information Architecture
  • Media Audits
  • Print
  • Publications
  • Strategic Planning
  • Website and App Design
  • Writing
  • User Experience


  • Academy of American Poets
  • The American Prospect
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Catholics for Choice
  • Columbia University
  • Commonweal
  • Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
  • Harper's Magazine
  • Heidi Latsky Dance
  • Harvard University
  • Knight First Amendment Institute
  • Lapham’s Quarterly
  • Lingua Franca
  • Ms. Magazine
  • Nautilus
  • The New Food Economy
  • New York Law School
  • NYU Langone Health
  • The Paris Review
  • PCMA Convene
  • Poets & Writers
  • Princeton University
  • The Rockefeller University
  • Santa Monica Museum of Art
  • Smithsonian's Nat'l Museum of the American Indian
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • The Tricycle Foundation
  • Vera Institute for Justice
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Yale Law School
Our Team
Alissa Levin Founder, Creative Director alissa@point5.com

Alissa is from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She began her career in Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 1997, Alissa moved to New York to launch Point Five.

Nathan Eames Design Director nathan@point5.com

Nathan, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, played Division I soccer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis while studying design at Herron School of Art. Nathan joined Point Five after graduating from RISD in 2007, and became a partner in 2017.

Lou Thorne Producer and Art Director lou@point5.com

Lou is from Vancouver, Canada. She holds a degree in philosophy and completed her graduate studies in publishing at The New School. She joined Point Five in 2019.

Temu Director of Emotional Support temu@point5.com

Temu is a Havanese from Queens, NY. She received a certificate from Andrea Arden Dog Training and joined the studio in 2014.


One of the studio’s first clients was Lingua Franca, a magazine that took a witty, irreverent approach to covering the world of ideas. That project brought into focus the core mission of Point Five: To create engaging and provocative design that puts idea-driven content at the center. The studio went on to work with a variety of other magazines, non-profits, academic institutions and entrepreneurs, who shared Point Five’s passion for inspiring ideas and smart design.


Our work has been recognized by American Illustration, The American Society of Magazine Editors, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Folio Magazine, Graphic Design USA, Print Magazine, The Society of Publication Designers, Society of News Design, Society of Illustrators, The Webby Awards and W3 Awards.