The Graphics Office

Lincoln and New York

graphic design | image research | illustration

Coordinated by noted scholar Harold Holzer, this complex exhibition at the New-York Historical Society traced the influential role of New York in establishing Abraham Lincoln as a viable presidential candidate and illustrated Lincoln’s indelible mark on the city’s history. Working with the Society’s in-house exhibitions team, we researched and designed the show’s graphic and typographic elements including photomurals, banners, and a selection of maps, charts, and panels.

We proposed using photographic street views of New York wherever possible rather than rely on engravings. We researched and coordinated most of the scenic images throughout the show to create an intimate immediacy.

Proposed banner designs (used in adapted form in print).

Contemporary 19th-century editorial opinions of Lincoln composed into a graphic spectrum.

We found this unusual image of bystanders reading breaking headlines outside the offices of the New-York Evening Post.

Angled displays conveyed the rising political tensions which culminated in the four-day Draft Riots of 1863.

Large scale maps traced incidents of violence across the city over the course of the four days of the Draft Riots.