Pacific is a multidisciplinary creative studio and publishing house based in New York City. Through a contemporary art lens, we work with institutions, brands, and individuals to conceptualize how they communicate through design. Our mission is to cultivate long-lasting creative relationships that result in community and organizational growth, social exploration, and enduring objects in the hands of the public.

Now is the time to create for the future.

About

Pacific was founded as a collaborative creative practice in 2016 by Adam Turnbull and Elizabeth Karp-Evans, with the main focus being artist publications. Since then Pacific has evolved into a full service creative agency. The studio specializes in branding and print and digital design with an emphasis on contemporary art and culture. We value process and always take a holistic approach to projects. From ideation and strategy, to design, through production and launch, dialogue with our collaborators takes center stage. Success for us is being in conversation with our collaborators, now and for years to come.

Publishing

Our eponymous publishing imprint produces an average of twenty titles per year. A third of these titles are published by Pacific with the remainder being designed and produced by the studio. We distribute titles throughout the world through our online store as well as through our global distribution partner Distributed Art Publishers (DAP). We specialize in the creation of artists books and have a deep affinity for the book as an object. Pacific has designed and/or published first monographs and artist books for Isabelle Albuquerque, Alvaro Barrington, Rick Lowe, Sable Elyse Smith, Shaun Leonardo, Servane Mary, Tschabalala Self, Toyin Ojih Odutola and more. In 2022, the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York acquired the entire Pacific catalogue.

Services

Branding

  • Art Direction
  • Branding & Identity
  • Creative Consulting
  • Creative Direction
  • Editorial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Film/Video
  • Strategy

Print

  • Advertising
  • Editorial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Print Production
  • Publication Design
  • Publishing
  • Print Collateral

Digital

  • Website Design
  • Website Development
  • Social Media Design
  • Animation
  • Advertising
  • Editorial Design
  • Film/Video
  • AR

Experiential

  • Environmental Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Event Design
  • Experiential Design

Select Clients

Founders

Black and white photo of Elizabeth Karp-Evans

Elizabeth Karp-Evans

Elizabeth Karp-Evans is a founding partner and director of Pacific. She is deeply passionate about envisioning, building, and improving brands and communication systems across print and digital that function outside the confines of European design theory. She has worked in the field of contemporary art for two decades and has designed brands, exhibitions and publications for institutions globally. She is the former Director of Media, Communications and Content at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Elizabeth holds an MFA from the New School for Social Research. Recent speaking engagements include the US National Museum Publishing Seminar, the Glasgow School or Art, and the New Museum’s New Inc.

Black and white photo of Adam Turnbull

Adam Turnbull

Adam Turnbull is a founding partner and creative director of Pacific. He specializes in conceptualizing, building and executing 360 brands and campaigns across print, digital and experiential. His process includes research, strategy, creative direction, art direction, design and production (print and digital). He is a former creative lead at Baron & Baron and his work in design is held in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Princeton Library and the New York Public Library and more. He has received awards from the Type Directors Club New York, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Australian Graphic Design Association. In 2016, he published a book on lateral thinking with Penguin Random House.

Studio

Collections

Our design and publishing work is held in the following collections
  • MoMA
  • Whitney
  • Getty
  • NYPL
  • Princeton
  • RISD Fleet Library
  • SF MoMA
  • Baylor Library
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Tisch Library Tufts University
  • Watson Library - Met Museum
  • Crystal Bridges
  • Indiana University Library
  • Clark Art Institute Library
  • The University of Kansas
  • Yale University Library
  • University of California Library, Berkeley
  • Cornell University Library
  • Smith College Library
  • Carnegie Mellon University - Hunt Library
  • University of British Columbia Library
  • The University of Kansas
  • Northwestern University Library
  • VCU Library
  • Birmingham Museum of Art Hanson Library

Artists

Awards

  • The American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • New York Type Director's Club
  • Australian Graphic Design Association
  • Applied Arts Awards
  • META & Brooklyn Museum: Black Visionaries

Talks & Lectures

Elizabeth Karp-Evans talks with Hauser & Wirth’s Ursula

Elizabeth Karp-Evans & Adam Turnbull Guest Lecture at Parsons School of Design

An Interview with Adam Turnbull & Elizabeth Karp-Evans in Harper’s Bazaar

Elizabeth Karp-Evans in Conversation with Alvaro Barrington at London Art Book Fair

Elizabeth Karp-Evans Guest Lecture at Glasco School of Art

Adam Turnbull in Conversation with Arthur Fournier and Peter Coffin at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

Adam Turnbull Guest Lecture at Fordham University

Adam Turnbull Lecture at Shillington School of Design