Fresh Meat Friday: Ben Johnson

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Get ready, we're about to share another one of the top young creatives in the Twin Cities. If you, or a youngin' you know, have roughly between 0-5 years of professional experience and a fantastic book. For all the glory send the info to:

Our fresh cut this week is a runner, thinker, and a double major in Graphic Design and Kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement). Twin Cities meet Benjamin Thomas Johnson or Ben Johnson for short. Ben told us that, "It took me twenty-something years to figure out that you’re going to spend a long time in this life working, so you’d better make sure to do something you love. I spent a couple of years 'going through the motions' not really thinking long term about a career. Spending time being very unhappy with what I was doing sparked my drive to make a change. " That was the motivation behind his decision to go to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for two years to study Graphic Design after he had completed a major in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. The move paid off with a great collection of work under his belt and a full-time post working as an Art Director at 3e, the inhouse Life Time agency.

We were drawn to Ben's portfolio because of the great mix of typography play, simple icon design, and use of color throughout his work. We also really love the use of color as a multiplied layer giving a nice screenprinted feel on a lot of his pieces. When asked about his aspirations Ben responded, "The most important thing for me is to create great work and to surround myself with talented, inspiring, fun and motivated people. Maybe I’ll become a kick-ass creative director; maybe I’ll create the next Helvetica. No matter where my creative collaborations take me, I’m just looking to learn, to grow and to stay inspired." Judging from his work, and a few side project he gave us a sneak peek into, we certainly don't think he'll struggle with that.

Check out more of Ben's work after the jump. Also check out our last two features: Bill Ferenc, a Freelance Illustrator & Designer and Brent Schoepf, a Design Intern at Studio MPLS.

Ultimate Hoops
Various logo, apparel and banner design for Life Time's Ultimate Hoops brand.

Diamond Fight Night Event Poster

Poster for Jeffery
Jeffery was in a serious skiing accident at the Canyons in Utah. He suffered extensive injuries to his shoulder, pelvis and lower right leg. After several x-rays and tests, they determined that his lower right leg below the knee would need to be amputated. I designed and screen-printed 100 posters which raised over $1000 for Jeffery's future prosthetic leg.

MCAD / Sideshow Exhibit
2011 MCAD Continuing Studies Graphic Design Exhibit.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz
T-Shirt concepts for Free Bikes 4 Kidz, a passionate group of cyclists who love giving as much as riding. It’s their goal to help every child feel the joys and freedom of riding his or her first bike. Through their bike philanthropy method, FB4K aims to help communities grow stronger and closer through the power of cycling.

Reed & Nora Wedding Chalkboard


Nice work Ben Johnson. It's a pleasure to work along side of you. Keep on keeping on.

Awesome work Ben!

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