Allen Crawford is an illustrator, writer, and lifelong South Jersey resident. He spends much of his time in the Pine Barrens, learning from biologists and local experts about this unique ecosystem.
Allen and his wife Susan founded the design and illustration studio Plankton Art Co. in 1996. Their studio’s most notable project to date is the collection of 400 species identification illustrations that are on permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life in New York.
Allen’s latest book, Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself (Tin House Books [US], Jonathan Cape [UK]) is an illustrated, hand-lettered, 256-page edition of Walt Whitman’s epic poem. Allen and his work have appeared in Communication Arts, American Illustration, Type Directors Club, Print, The New York Times, Interview, Orion, Frieze, Vice, Tin House, and Art in America.
He lives in Mt Holly, NJ.