69 Prospect Street, Portland Maine 04103    |    two zero seven 828-9474    |    margo(at)alicedesign.com    |    charles(at)alicedesign.com

Alice Design Communication is an award-winning graphic design studio. We take a singular approach to every print- and web-based challenge in order to craft specific solutions that engage specific audiences in new and compelling ways.


We enjoy working with great clients to simplify and amplify the core idea of a product, service, catalog, event, space or identity. Our visualization of that idea never uses arbitrary applications of style. We take pride in making each project unique to the message.


Bring us your big ideas. Brainstorm with us. We're not finished until we discover signature graphic design that connects with the heart and soul of your audience. After all, your success is our success.

  1. Wenda Gu catalog for MIT Press, Institute of Contempory Art at Maine College of Art
  2. Portland Color a large format master printing facility identity
  3. Gulf of Maine capital campaign collateral
  4. Monaghan Woodworks fine woodworking and constuction company identity
  5. Website clients include Jenshel/Cook Photography, Margaret Nomentana, Alison Hildreth, Portland Society of Architects, Oakpoint Architecture & Engineering
  1. DesignInquiry a non-profit design think-tank annual symposium, Margo > co-founder
  2. Brahms Mount identity, product catalog, collateral
  3. Studio Mnemosyne architecture studio identity
  4. Architalx lecture series poster and brochure
  1. DesignSense for Presentations Margo > authored and designed interactive lessons for presentation design. Charles > designed all collateral materials including Proximity Learning identity, tradeshow booth, website
  2. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts identity
  3. Photography for Allstate Financial
  4. Architalx identity and lecture series poster that becomes a 3D multi-tasking brochure
  5. Robert Indiana and Charlie Hewitt artist catalogs for the Bates College Museum of Art
  6. William Pope.L artist catalog for MIT Press and Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art [first place design award American Association of Museums]
  1. Artascope identity for children's games that teach principles of art
  2. William Pope.l The Black Factory artist project identity
  3. Angela Adams catalog for luxury hand-crafted rugs
  4. Architalx Living Green exhibition poster and journal folio
  5. Architalx lecture series folder and biography cards
  6. Barba and Wheelock architecture design office identity and business system
  7. Richardson and Associates landscape design and architecture identity and business system
  8. For the Love of It Irving Bennett Ellis, photography monograph, published by Judy Glickman
  9. Backstage Pass Rock and Roll Photography exhibition catalog for Portland Museum of Art
  1. Alice Design Communication studio burning the midnight oil
  2. Oak Point Associates architecture, engineering, and planning firm's identity and website
  3. Watershed annual artist residency information and application catalogs
  4. The Maine Perspective: Architectural Drawings 1800–1980
    exhibition catalog for Portland Museum of Art
  5. Barba and Wheelock architecture and design studio's identity
  6. American Institute of Architects, Maine design award catalogs, one was a calendar
  7. Alice Design Communication exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
  8. Portland Society of Architects identity
  1. Architalx series of architecture journals and companion postcards
  2. Portland Museum of Art Biennial exhibition catalog
  3. John Bisbee artist catalog, Portland Museum of Art
  4. Photographs from the Collection of Judith Ellis Glickman exhibition catalog, Portland Museum of Art
  5. Exhibition brochures Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
  6. Architalx lecture series poster and brochure, double duty
  7. Maine College of Art annual report design with portrait photography by Charles
  1. Muskie School of Public Service University of Southern Maine capital campaign collateral
  2. Charles > portrait photography clients include Yale University, Northwestern University, Mohawk Paper
  3. Mark White retail display furniture design studio's identity
  4. Cognoscenti guide-book-on-a-map series
  5. CIEE anniversary logo
  1. CIEE case study journals
  2. Shelterbelt movie exploring human geography > Margo
  3. The Role of Color in Design book authored and designed > Charles
  4. Edible Rind handmade cheese manufacturer
  5. Guatamaula photograph, writing and designed > Charles

margo halverson’s love of words together with the narrative power of the photographic image led her to the world of typography and graphic design. She received her BFA and MFA in photography from Arizona State University where post-grad she studied graphic design with Rob Roy Kelly. Margo was sole proprietor/designer of Halverson Design from 1983–1998; she has taught graphic design at Arizona State University; was an art director for Morgan & Company, Phoenix, AZ; and a designer at IBM, Boca Raton, FL prior to moving to Portland, Maine. She is co-founder of DesignInquiry and a Professor of Graphic Design at Maine College of Art. She grew up in North Dakota and after moving to the east from Arizona, she still misses living in grids.

charles melcher studied graphic design at Yale University School of Art to broaden and amplify his experience making ideas come to life in visual form. His first professional connection to communication comes from his experience teaching creative writing since 1991 while he exhibited his photography nationally and internationally. He is currently Associate Professor at Maine College of Art where he has been chair of the graphic design department. He received his BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art, his MFA in graphic design from Yale. Charles continues to do commercial and personal photography, teach writing, and together with Margo raise Jack and Cora, now astoundingly busy and independent kids who mostly need chauffeurs and cooks.

Design Awards
Some believe they matter. We don't spend much time on the soap box. However, we have to say that our work has been recognized by some pretty impressive organizations:

American Association of Museums
New England Museum Association
Communication Arts
Print Magazine
Print Casebooks
American Corporate Identity
Potlatch Paper Design Award of Excellence
Beckett Paper Letterhead Design
Mohawk Paper
Graphis Typography

Work Featured in Prominent Collections
Margo and Charles have photography and graphic design work
in the collections:

National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Photographers Gallery, London
Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Boston Public Library Department of Prints, Boston, MA
The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Partners
We often work with type designer and Maine College of Art colleague mark jamra of TypeCulture on our identity projects. Mark brings a mastery of type design to logos and wordmarks that are hand-crafted to specific solutions and resonate with each brand's personality. He is the designer of the internationally known typefaces such as Alphatier™, Expo Sans™, Expo Serif™, Jamille™, Kinesis®, Latienne™, and Tacitus™. greg jalbert broke into marketing by promoting his fishing and hunting lodge on the Allagash River. He moved on to write catalogs for L.L. Bean, and then to brand and write award-winning marketing material for businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Just like tales around the campfire, great copy stirs the imagination.

Partial Client List

Books & Artist Catalogs
Bates College Museum of Art
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
ICA at Maine College of Art
MIT Press
Portland Museum of Art

Portrait Photography
Yale University
Northwestern University
Mohawk Paper

Websites
Alisen Hildreth
Jenshal/Cook Photography
Margaret Nomentana
Oak Point Associates
Portland Society of Architects
Proximity Learning
Melissa Sweet Illustration

DVD Design and Development/Film
DesignSense for Presentations
Shelterbelt short film

Traditional Brochures, 3-D &
Marketing Collateral

American Institute of Architects
Angela Adams
Architalx
Brahms Mount
Cognoscenti
DesignInquiry
Gulf of Maine Aquarium
ICA at Maine College of Art
Maine College of Art Annual Report
Muskie School of Public Service
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

Business and Organization Identities
Architalx
Artascope
The Black Factory
Barba and Wheelock
Brahms Mount
CIEE
Mark White Furniture Design
Monaghan Woodworks
Oak Point Associatesv
Portland Color
Portland Society of Architects
Proximity Learning
Richardson and Associates
Studio Mnemosyne Architecture
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

In re-branding, conceptualizing and designing our company's promotional catalog, Margo and Charles brought considerable talent to the process. Throughout the project we maintained a collegial and inspiring exchange of ideas as they created design options and refined the best solutions. Their willingness to listen and incorporate my thoughts about our company and its competitive edge led a successful and rewarding campaign.
—David Kaufman, President, Brahms Mount

Margo and Charles, I like your work in the faculty show. As I viewed the catalogs and posters, I was struck by their freshness, brilliance and clarity. Each book page was a discovery. I hope the students notice how your work goes beyond subject matter, while taking subject into account. You more than prove that Graphic Design isn't to obfuscate but to reveal.
—John Ventigmelia, Sculptor, Professor, Maine College of Art

I have never seen a more powerful cover with a Morgan image. Kudos to the designer!
—Janet Morgan, Barbara Morgan Archives