My name is Derek Johnson. I consider myself to be a Creative, a Generalist, and a Designer. Thank you for taking the time to view my portfolio. I have tried to include some description of my personal progression through design alongside the work to give a better idea of who I am and how I got here.

I think many designers would prefer to be the next Jony Ive, but I would prefer to be the next Elon Musk. I do not subscribe to the compartmentalization of design and am a big believer in James Dyson’s unconventional attitudes and approach to design and operations.

My approach is all about people. I am fascinated by human behavior, psychology, sociology, and their intersection with design.  To me,  design is about more than what is created but about its affect on people, the community, and society. For me, knowledge, adjacency, and understanding are the strongest tools to problem solve and bring change.

In my free time I enjoy deep conversation, personal projects, travel, adventure, reading, movies, and cooking . I have recently tried my hand at writing, leather work, pottery, and painting and hope to continue to pursue those interests. You can usually find me trying a new restaurant (I will eat anything once), reading, or taking a spontaneous road trip.

I am aware some images need editing and some text is too small to read. Unfortunately, I lacked the help of the appropriate software during the making of this website; however, I believe this portfolio still tells its story.

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