Mark received his BFA, with a minor in painting, from The University of South Alabama in his home town of Mobile, Alabama. He has been designing since he was a kid and didn't know there was such a thing as graphic design. He would make what were essentially logos from friend's and girlfriend's names. He would also create fictitious bands and create their "brand." He would design everything from their costumes to their entire stage set.
One less than designer thing about Mark is that he actually went to college to become a lawyer. He had never heard of graphic design at that point and it wasn't as popular an occupation as it it these days. He went to school on a full scholarship and all he had to do to keep it was maintain a C average. Unfortunately law didn't agree with him. All he did in class was daydream and doodle. Fortunately an attentive law professor noticed the quiet daydreamer in the back and called him into his office. He explained to Mark that he was failing the class. Big surprise. But the sympathetic man knew of his scholarship and told him that if he would go talk to the art department about what they called "commercial art" back then that he would give him the C. Mark took him up on that offer and the rest is history.
Since then Mark has designed everything from interiors for clients to topiary for a client's garden. He lives, breathes and dreams design. That is when he sleeps. Mark is a workaholic and an insomniac. These two traits seem to compliment each other. If he's not at work you can probably find him on his home computer creating something.
Mark moved to New York two weeks after graduating college and he never looked back. To expand his knowledge base, and subsidize his income, he worked as a prepress operator while honing his craft and getting his career off the ground. This was a wealth of priceless experience. He mainly concentrated on the fashion industry and worked for some of the best in the business with such image conscious clients as L'oreal, Almay, Levi's and Jaguar.
When he says he can take a project from concept to print he means it. He can conceive it, design it, color correct it, retouch it, prepress it and probably print it if you give him a press.
He soon became at the top of his game and landed a position setting up and running a department for McCann Erickson, the largest advertising firm in the world. This lead to a certain amount of notoriety as he was only 30 years old. The youngest department head at McCann.
He has come to spread his wings in Chicago now giving you the unique opportunity of working with one of the best in the industry. There is a contact button right there on the right. Contact Mark Johnson. Hire Mark Johnson.