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Thomas Johnson


Design, Doodles, and Tomfoolery

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Thomas Johnson


Design, Doodles, and Tomfoolery

Thomas Johnson is a Milwaukee based, mono-lingual, coffee-loving, Graphic Designer with aspirations to one day own his very own face-towel steamer. He loves leather bound books and has a some-what overbearing desire to write descriptions of himself in the third person and to draw pictures of food playing musical instruments. He graduated in 2012 and ever since then has been unstoppable in his pursuit design excellence, never allowing himself or others to thwart the desire to provide the best designs for whomever needs them.

Ignore our complexions, we live in Wisconsin. It's hard to get a tan in -30 temps.

Ignore our complexions, we live in Wisconsin. It's hard to get a tan in -30 temps.

He is very happily married to one Joy Johnson, a beautiful corn-fed Iowa chick, who at no time would ever complain about not being mentioned in the opening paragraphs of her husband's portfolio website. She is a fantastic lady and never is one to turn down a bit of public praise and appreciation, but is not the type to allow that praise to go on for too long, or detract from the overall theme of the place where she is being talked about. Seriously though, she's got it going on.

Take a look around his digital abode and drop him a line if you dig it. 

Illustrative Illustrator


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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Illustrative Illustrator


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

Dinner and a show

I really started doing illustrations when I was in High School, and of  course as all things teenager, I knew it was a total waste of time. I would doodle in all of 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 and 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 Illustrator, but I still dabble in the sketch pad to hash out ideas and thumbnails. I think of myself as a bit of an illustrator expert and have my shortcuts fine-tuned like a second hand Stradivarius. 

Designated Designer


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

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Designated Designer


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

I know, I know, it's a shocker. I'm a Graphic 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 pre-maturely 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 clients list 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 to meet and greet a problem needing to be solved like a pre-prom, shotgun-wielding father. 

My strength right now is printed material and I've been designing hats and apparel for the last two years.