Paul Ahern is a graphic designer based in Chicago whose work includes corporate, artistic, experimental, and nonprofit designs that are thoroughly researched and thoughtfully executed.

Recent work at JNJ Creative
Recent work at JNJ Creative, continued
BFA Thesis Project: An Draoi
Stylus: Object Edition
Stylus: Object Edition, continued
Lissitzky Type Project
Other Editorial Work From Parsons
Early Work

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Stylus: Object Edition Continued, Biosphere 2

Featured in Stylus: Object Edition is the awe-inspiring Biosphere 2. As if pluck straight from imagination this self sustaining man-made series of ecosystems was originally intended to serve as a model for human habitation in outer space but after a series of scandals with the original 1991 crew who lived inside for two years the site was acquired by the University of Arizona and repurposed for further scientific experimentation that takes advantage of the marvelous fully functioning but enclosed ecosystems. 
    As soon as I first read about Biosphere 2 it completely captured my imagination with its contrast of lush natural environments and metallic space age architecture to its very 90’s series of scandals and of course because of what it represents: not only is it a milestone in the human understanding of our planet but it is also a testament to our unbridled imagination and optimism as humans, it is a structure and an accomplishment that speaks to our belief that anything is possible. 
    And so years after finishing this editorial project I took the opportunity while traveling in the Southwest to visit Biosphere 2. It was as incredible in person as I imagined it to be and I was elated to see how many scientists and university students were using it as a gigantic earth science labratory. These are just some of my favorite photos from that visit. 

On the Road

A Joshua tree with Biosphere 2 in the background
Biosphere 2
The new food forest biome within Biosphere 2
The desert biome in Biosphere 2
Research students seen meeting in a classroom from within Biosphere 2
The ocean biome with scientists chatting on the beach
A view of the ocean and mangrove biomes with the desert biome in the distance
The rainforest biome at Biosphere 2
During the “Lung” tour beneath Biosphere 2