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Update: Ben Johnston

Ben Johnston


Canadian born, Cape Town raised Ben Johnston has been hard at work this year so far taking on the daunting task of developing his own CI and completing a series of beautiful type-based pieces for the exhibition Back In Five Minutes. All in between freelancing for global clients including Disney, working on local magazine covers and editorial illustrations, and leaving his day job at Zoom, Ogilvy after 14 months to explore the industry overseas – specifically the US and Canada.


While in the process of immigrating, Ben is busy with a fresh batch of type works. He plans to exhibit in Toronto at the end of this month and hopefully across the US in the near future.


Ben is self-taught and started focussing on traditional graphic design after a brief stint in industrial design. He enjoys creating typographic illustrations from scratch and his industrial design experience allows him to bring these to life in both 2D and 3D.


With his sights set across the ocean, Ben still has plans to exhibit back in Cape Town over this year and next and is hoping to take part in more group shows at Salon91.


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