Working with Peter and Brian on Painting a Map of Mexico City was a joy—they were professional, responsive, efficient—the book went from contract to delivered volume in a swift eleven months, with no hitches on the way.While much of this good work is, and should be, imperceptible to most readers, what remains front and center is Peter Blaiwas‘s beautiful design for the book, which manages to be both classic and up-to-date.

We worked with maps and manuscripts that are self-effacing; on the page, they don’t deliver the knockout punch of an art masterpiece. But set in Peter’s design, they are gems unearthed. How he effected this magical transformation, I don’t know, but it speaks to his deep sensitivity to visual material of all kinds and his ability to use design to reveal the hidden beauty of the works themselves.

Barbara E. Mundy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Art History
Fordham University


After seeing PEM’s Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style and hearing from its author and his assistants of the positive working relationship with their editor and designer, I requested them to oversee what would become Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics.… Peter Blaiwas designed the volume as a work of art to properly convey the individual works of art contained in the volume. Working with this team, on a complex volume… was a daunting prospect. But the team… made the project as enjoyable as any book production could be and the end results speak highly of the professionalism and high quality of their work. Peter, Brian, it’s been an immense pleasure. Thank you.

William R. Sargent
Peabody Essex Museum
Curator, Asian Export Ceramics (retired) 


Working with Peter and Brian on a new book is always a pleasure. The recent Lincoln Institute of Land Policy book Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, by Julie Campoli, presented both a particular challenge and a very successful result. More than 400 photographs, maps, and other figures are expertly interwoven with the author’s essays and descriptive text on 12 walkable neighborhoods in US and Canadian cities. As always in my experience, Peter and Brian helped to create a stunning book that is already winning rave reviews. Thank you for being such great colleagues!

Ann LeRoyer
Director of Publications (emerita)
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Cambridge, MA