Sarah M. Johnston

 
Sarah Johnston graphic design manifesto anxious anxiety creative mental health awareness
Sarah Johnston graphic design manifesto anxious anxiety creative mental health awareness
Sarah Johnston graphic design interactive poster black hole sun Chris Cornell Soundgarden grunge hypothetical exhibition origami transform
Sarah Johnston graphic design publication vicarious heroes superheroes comics fiction psychology book layout empaths geek pop culture
Sarah Johnston graphic design publication vicarious heroes superheroes comics fiction psychology book layout empaths geek pop culture
Sarah Johnston graphic design publication vicarious heroes superheroes comics fiction psychology book layout empaths geek pop culture
Sarah Johnston graphic design poster Kyoto Otis Japan Trip 2019 cultural reflection
Sarah Johnston graphic design i'm screaming mental health awareness campaign dark humor empathy merchandise
Sarah Johnston graphic design book binding handmade hardcover
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Sarah M. Johnston

Hello, my name is Sarah M. Johnston. I am a graphic designer graduating from Otis College of Art and Design in May 2020 with a BFA in Communication Arts, and an emphasis in book design. I’ve been studying graphic design for the past twelve years and have been working professionally in a production team with Progressive Publishing for the last five years. As far as software, I am experienced in a variety of Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and have experimented quite a bit with others like Premiere Pro, Audition, and After Effects. Apart from that, I have experience in illustration, screen-printing, book binding, sculpture, darkroom and digital photography. I have a major interest in speculative design, book/editorial design, interactive, and event-based design. I’m greatly inspired by story-telling, puzzles and the physical and intuitive interaction audiences can have with other tactile objects and immersive environments. I always plan and create my designs with that as the end-goal. As with all of my projects, my core motivation is to encourage empathy, humor, and intuitive exploration.

A personal manifesto that acknowledges the struggle and beauty of being a creative with mental health disorders and how to work with them.  

A personal manifesto that acknowledges the struggle and beauty of being a creative with mental health disorders and how to work with them.  

[The Disquiet] is a site for curious futurists; “people who study the future and make predictions about it based on current trends”. 

Initially it’s just an informative news site concerning the advancement of technology and society. But for those who are invested enough in the subject to create a login, the website starts to change from filtered information the government allows to make public knowledge to the uncensored truth of our future. 

[Audience and Intention: This website plays a little on the satire of modern paranoia/technophobia (creating a Black Mirror type of environment) to show how our curiosity to be so hyper-aware of our surroundings can end up actually disabling our sense of security rather than making us feel more prepared for modern disasters.]

This is an 3'x3' interactive, origami poster created to promote a hypothetical exhibition of 90's grunge memorabilia. In its initial form it's just a ring of indecipherable text and shattered parts of an image. Once the viewer shifts the origami pieces around however, the message and imagery become clear and the poster takes the form of a sun. 

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After participating in the Otis Japan Trip in 2019, we were asked to create a design piece that allowed us to reflect on our time spent in Japan, what we learned there, and what we grew to appreciate about the county and its culture. For this piece, I focused specifically on my time in Kyoto.

I'm Screaming is a mental health awareness campaign that portrays the honesty behind functioning in everyday life with anxiety and depression through the lens of dark humor.

These books are just some examples of pieces I've made that have been hand-crafted in different hard cover binding styles.