Karen Johnson

Art Director + Designer

"Strength doesn't come from winning. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."

Why are you passionate about what you do?

Design allows me to do the two things I love – create beautiful things and help people. It’s always changing, never static, and I get to be an active participant in helping clients reach their goals. I’m a good listener, I like asking questions, and ultimately thrive on developing a visual solution to a problem my clients are trying to overcome. It’s also pretty hard to beat the feeling when you exceed someone’s expectations.

What do you get up to when you’re not working?

Outside of work, I focus my energy on training to compete as a bikini bodybuilder. Bodybuilding is an outlet for me to cultivate a character of consistency, dedication, and perseverance while challenging myself physically and mentally. When I am not training, I love a good balance of quality time with family and friends and having downtime with a good novel, sketchbook, or NFL football game on the TV.

Do you have a role model or someone who inspires you?

Artistically, I am inspired by Abbey Si. Hand-lettering is my absolute favourite thing to do and she does it so well! Personally, my daughter. She brings out the best in me and inspires me to continually grow to be my best self.