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You know the French Paper Company. Now meet one man who helped put them on the map. Those crazy-creative promotions? Yes. Swatch books that surprise you (and sometimes bring you to tears) with their one-step-ahead kind of design-beauty?

Yep. That’s him.

Erik Johnson’s spent the last 15 years at the Charles S. Anderson Design Company, meshing the raw edge with comfortable for design that makes your toes tingle and keeps you wanting more.

An illustrator and (not so secret) comics nerd, his personal portfolio reveals a signature (BAM!) style in everything from icons to graphic novels to album covers and posters. Translating that intensity to well-recognized clients is it’s own challenge, but Erik’s work keeps you on the edge of your seat—turning the pages (when there are some) and wondering what will happen next.

This is what happens next. You can join us on January 17 as Erik details the contribution that visual storytelling has made to the familiar brands like French Paper, Pop Ink, CSA Images—plus a few new surprises. It’s storytelling with power—and it’s made one of the smallest paper mills in the country into one of the most recognized brands in the industry.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most popular visual brands of our time.

About Our Guest
For over 15 years, Erik T. Johnson has been a designer, art director and on-site copywriter at Charles S. Anderson Design Company, where his work for companies like French Paper, Target and Nissan Pathfinder has garnered some of the most prestigious design and advertising awards. An accomplished illustrator and comic artist, he’s worked for clients such as GQ, The New York Times and The New Yorker. Erik’s been profiled in Communication Arts Magazine and has been featured in several American Illustration Annuals since 1996. Educated at the Rhode Island School of design and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he’s worked in places like Minneapolis, Honolulu, and New York.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201, United States