We specialize in publication and identity design for education and non-profit clients with a focus on politics, religion, and science. We believe that good design is essential to the transmission of good ideas. We see the big picture and we obsess about the details.

Our Approach


We translate ideas — big or small — into visual frameworks in both 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
  • The College Board
  • Columbia University
  • Commonweal
  • Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
  • Guideposts Publications
  • Harper's Magazine
  • Heidi Latsky Dance
  • Harvard University
  • Lapham’s Quarterly
  • Lingua Franca
  • Meredith Corporation
  • 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
  • Security Council Report
  • 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.

Benjamin Levine Digital Development Director ben@point5.com

Ben was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000, where he studied psychology and graphic design. Ben joined Point Five in 2002 and became a partner in 2007.

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.

Laura Thorne Producer laura@point5.com

Laura is from Vancouver, Canada and completed her graduate studies in publishing and journalism at The New School. She joined Point Five in 2019.

Esther Klingbiel Designer esther@point5.com

Esther is from Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from The New School in 2019 with a BFA in communication design and a BA in psychology. She joined Point Five in 2020.

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.