10ft Deep —

Welp, it happened again.

About once a year or so, a mysterious email thread falls from the sky and into my inbox, littered with language and keywords like "forklift", "huge wall", or "lots of spraypaint". After curiously scanning the interior of the email, my eyes then lead me to the subject line usually reading something like "Large Graphic Mural Project"...

Ah, there it is. Though I entertain the fleeting thought that someone in cyberspace has asked me to paint their bricks for big bucks, I reluctantly acknowledge the reality that the mistake has happened again. They've emailed the wrong Ben Johnston.

Some may know this already, but there's been a Big(ger) Ben in these design waters for a much longer time than I. And yes, younger me has awkwardly tried to reach-out about the irony. Though I actually have no interest in a career in mural artistry, I have mad love and respect for this Toronto-based 'Benny J' and his deep deep body of work.

Maybe one day I'll have the chance to meet the lad, but until then, I'll just keep forwarding him these rogue emails. Check out the Deeper Dive section below for an interview with the more badass & handsome version of me.

-(the other) Ben Johnston 

Base Design 'builds' a new brand identity for Belgian construction and development enterprise, Gillion, by leveraging the spirit within their hardworking legacy.
Starbucks Creative Experssion
Here Starbucks introduces a fresh new design system that maintains the core elements of the brand while keeping customers’ experience central to creative expression.
An organic yet poised new display face by Hardal Studio. Inspired by the change that began in the middle of the 18th century, 1089 mixes verticals and angles beautifully.

Buried Treasures

Crispin Finn Calendar
↳ Full-Year Calendar
A little late for a 2020 Calendar flex, I know, but this giant year-at-a-glance beauty has been a gamechanger for my wife and I this year. Having this big boy in our office with every birthday, client engagement, and major life event scribbled-in makes 2020 a little easier to digest.
↳ Learning App 
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Deeper Dive

Ben Johnston
An interview with Artist and Designer Ben Johnston by

by benjonstn

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