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Thomas Johnson


Design, Doodles, and Tomfoolery

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Thomas Johnson


Design, Doodles, and Tomfoolery

I'm an Atlanta based, mono-lingual, coffee-loving, designer with aspirations to one day own my very own face-towel steamer. I love leather bound books and have a some-what overbearing desire to draw pictures of food playing musical instruments.

I'm currently based just north of Atlanta, but drop me a line if you'd like to work together or just want to strike up a conversation about current events, interesting local weather, or why the designated hitter is the worst thing to ever happen to America. 

Illustration


Mostly digital, but I'm never far away from my Parker black pen. No matter how much it stains my fingers.

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Illustration


Mostly digital, but I'm never far away from my Parker black pen. No matter how much it stains my fingers.

I really started doing illustrations when I was in high school, and of course as with all things teenager, I knew it was a total waste of time. I would doodle in my classes to stay focused on lectures, and I became better and better with each passing algebra period. Not having taken an art class since grade school, I thought it was just a phase, like my predilection to canned iced tea and gas station corn dogs. As it turns out, I was wrong. Come graduation, I was tasked with drawing pictures in everyone's yearbooks in lieu of something interesting to say, cause my teenage mind reasoned that, like, writing sappy stuff was totally lame.

Older and wiser in college, I was undeclared, but in a very cultured, open-minded way. I had two choices: keep doodling for a career choice, or pick up acoustic guitar and get way too introspective about plants and stuff. Never one for vegetables, I chose the former.

Now, most of my doodles are done in Adobe Illustrator, but I rely on my good old sketch pads to hash out ideas and get ideas started. I think of myself as a bit of an illustrator expert and have my shortcuts fine-tuned like a second hand Stradivarius.

Design


Give me a ream of cardstock and I'll love you forever.

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Design


Give me a ream of cardstock and I'll love you forever.

I know, I know, it's a shocker. I'm designer who likes to design. Yeah, I'll take a number.

Honestly though, I had no idea when I went to school how much I'd enjoy what I do for a living. Is it frustrating? Yeah. Is it difficult? You bet. Am I going prematurely grey? Well yes. But my wife thinks I look distinguished, so that's not really a con now, is it?

I've always been a problem solver. Turns out that design is like 75% problem solving and identifying issues, and 35% caffeine, so it's perfect for me. I love breaking down a client's list of ideas and trying to wiggle my way down the yellow brick road to the wondrous wizard of Helvetica. It's a rush every time I am able to have an aha moment, and every day I'm able to make something from nothing. That's pretty darn cool. 

Nothing, well, besides a side of bacon, drives me more than a challenge. I crave the chance to work with other people so that we can greet a problem like a pre-prom, shotgun-wielding father.