Coffee On Mars

design, web, and illustration portfolio of john a. johnson

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I’ve been in communications my entire professional life. I have been a print designer, art director and illustrator for more than 25 years, and have produced web content and design over the past 15 years. I have worked in a variety of settings: for small and large clients, design and advertising agencies, corporate and academic design groups, and non-profits.

I am good at seeing the “story” in what a client offers, and I’m passionate about making that story live and breathe through effective visual design, information architecture, and strong emphasis on user-centered design. Every story needs a listener, and every User deserves an experience that meets the needs that brought them your site.

Clients know me for meticulous work, fresh, clean design and conceptual problem-solving that produces understanding and engagement.

What clients and colleagues say about me:

I had the pleasure of working with John on a project for T-Mobile. John impressed me with his skills as an art director and designer. He re-designed the template for e-Learning and created a design that was not only consistent with T-Mobile’s branding, but was also striking in its simplicity. He was instrumental in helping persuade the team to embrace the new design. John also developed a standards manual to support the use of the new template in training materials and worked with the team to ensure that the template was used correctly.

John demonstrated his ability to work as an effective team member. He consistently met timelines for his deliverables and was available to help other team members if they ran into trouble meeting their timelines. He was open to feedback and ideas about his products. And he effectively communicated his decisions. He was also very effective in educating the team about how he could benefit our courses.

I’m very proud of the work that our team created with John’s contributions. I enjoyed working with John and would be happy to work with him again. I recommend him.

Helen Grieve, Senior Instructional Designer

John; I want to express our appreciation for transitioning our web site into a user-friendly & visually appealing resource! your patience in working with me through the process was/is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Elaine Ishihara, Director of APICAT