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ABOUT

EMILY JOHNSTON IS A 20-SOMETHING GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES, WHERE SHE EARNED HER BFA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN IN 2009 ALONG WITH MINORS IN BOTH ART HISTORY AND VISUAL CULTURE. SHE CURRENTLY WORKS AT TEAM DETROIT.

I LOVE DETROIT

FALL 2009  /  MIXED MEDIA

Things that should be unacceptable in any city have become overlooked in Detroit, even boasted to an extent. People seem to either take pride in Detroit’s violent reputation, or they’re simply apathetic. The focus of this project was to expose Detroit’s issues that are too often overlooked, ignored, or are not being addressed appropriately.

Taking quotes people made about Detroit were taken out of context and paired with facts and statements about violence and crime in the city, giving a sarcastic and ironic tone to controversial messages about Detroit. The messages were then painted on 4’x8’ boards of plywood, (a material that is commonly used to cover up things we’ve abandoned) and then drilled into the sides of two abandoned buildings along Michigan Ave, creating a gallery of messages within two blocks.




LOGOS

FALL 2009   —   SPRING 2015

Logos designed for a variety of clients between 2009 and 2015.





CELLAR DOOR

FALL 2012  /  BRANDING

Logo and packaging design for Cellar Door Soap Co., a Michigan-based soap company.

Illustrations done by Jason Smith.

LINCOLN ACCOUNT MANAGER

SPRING 2014  /  INTERACTIVE

Site design for Lincoln's Account Manager page, where customers can access their account information, make payments, and manage preferences.

ETON ACADEMY

FALL 2014  /  PRINT

Print and digital invitation for The Ultimate Kickoff Party, a charity event held at Motor City Casino in Detroit, MI to raise money for Eton Academy, a day school in Detroit for students with learning disabilities.

CIRQUE

WINTER 2014  /  PRINT

Printed invitation for Cirque, the Detroit Institute of Art's annual masquerade.

BREAKFAST @ ST ANDREWS

FALL 2012  /  PRINT

Poster designed to promote BreakFEST, a benefit concert to raise money for the Breakfast at St. Andrews, a program run by St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, MI that feeds breakfast every morning to those in need.

PLANT A SEED, GROW A COMMUNITY

FALL 2012  /  PRINT

4 color 12" x 18" letterpress print designed for a poster competition held by Signal Return in Detroit, MI. Out of 30 submissions, 5 were selected for printing and sale.

For purchasing information, visit: signalreturnpress.org


NEXTEK

FALL 2012  /  BRANDING

Branding system designed for Nextek Power Systems, a Detroit-based energy company that promotes direct current (DC) power networks for commercial buildings throughout the United States.


BELLE ISLE

WINTER 2007  /  BRANDING

Belle Isle is an island park located in the Detroit River. It is known for its beautiful architecture and landscaping, but also the crime and illegal activity that occurs there after-hours. Through an extensive study of the location and all that it entails, this series of cards was designed to represent the various attractions and features of Belle Isle.

LIVE LOVE LOCAL

SUMMER 2014  /  PRINT

Promotional material for Live Love Local, an annual Greening of Detroit event that celebrates local food and music.

DRIVE 4 UR COMMUNITY

SUMMER 2013  /  INTERACTIVE

Website design for Ford Motor Company's Drive 4 UR Community, a program where local communities can support local fund-raisers by participating in test-drives.



ZEITGEIST

SPRING 2009  /  TYPE DESIGN

This typeface was inspired by design created during the Bauhaus movement, particularly looking at the artwork done by artist Marianne Brandt.





IRMA BOOM

WINTER 2008  /  PRINT

This book contains an extensive self-written biography on the Dutch book designer, Irma Boom. After researching her life and the way in which she works, this book was created in an attempt to try and emulate her process when creating a book.

In many of the books she designed to showcase companies or other artists, I found that she would often include her own process in the book by including her research and findings. Designing my book to emulate her process rather than her style, I included all of my documented research of her and her life.


VOICE YOUR OPINION

FALL 2008  /  MOTION

With the November 2008 election approaching, when asked to define the word "voice," I chose to define it politically. The right to vote is a right that many Americans often take for granted. I wanted to encourage voting for the upcoming election by showing how voting is a way that citizens can voice how they feel about issues.

HEROIN PAMPHLET

FALL 2008  /  PRINT

This informational pamphlet on the drug, heroin, provides its entire lifecycle, examining it from its beginning in its manufacturing phase to the end when it has its affect on culture. The information provided includes its many dangers along its entire lifespan while emphasizing the extensive impact it has on culture as a whole, effecting even those who are not directly involved in its production or use.