Design Study

Shannon Harvey, Adam Michaels, and Levi Murphy design a Little Free Library

An open-source design for Little Free Library/NYC

Design TeamShannon HarveyAdam Michaels, and Levi Murphy
Community Partner: Hester Street Collaborative

Comprised of an urban designer, a book designer, and a furniture designer, each member of our team focuses on the accessibility of ideas for broad publics and the positive role that designers can have on society. We see physical books as a crucial means of communicating ideas amongst individuals, importantly circumventing the “digital divide” of electronic media. We’re enthusiastic about the prospect of designing a unique distribution point for readers to encounter information that they might not otherwise have access to. Further, with this project we seek to participate in current discourse surrounding distribution models and
 gift economies.

Shannon Harvey is a design strategist and urban and architectural designer living and working in New York City. Shannon is currently working as a design strategist at the Rockwell Group. In 2012, Shannon founded The Colour Store, a project platform from which she explores the role of colour in the built environment and writes about significant colour from the history of architecture. Shannon holds a M.Arch, specializing in Urban Design, from McGill University, as well as a B.Des from Emily Carr Institute.

Adam Michaels is the cofounder of Project Projects, a design studio in New York producing commissioned work and independent curatorial, editorial, and publishing projects. Michaels edits and designs the Inventory Books paperback series (published by Princeton Architectural Press). Michaels holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Levi Murphy is a furniture designer and builder living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013 Levi established Communal Objects, a studio focused on functional modern design. Murphy holds an MFA in Furniture Design and Sculpture, and a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.