- Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
- Art & Art History
Johnathon Strube is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer and educator creating work that investigates social and cultural systems. He holds an M.F.A. in Visual Communication from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University. He began his career in journalism as an editorial designer for the Chicago Sun-Times News Group. Following this, he worked as an in-house designer for a not-for-profit organization; was a founding partner and designer in a small Chicago social design studio; and, ultimately, founded his own social design studio. All of these experiences have been united by a need to elevate humanity through visual communication. Johnathon has been instigating young designers to find and develop their designer agency as an educator since 2009.
I am interested in exploring meaning construction and the intentional combination of verbal and non-verbal elements in the pursuit of visual and intellectual agency. I use this agency to engage with culture and reflect or record the human condition. I view this approach as a specific segment of social design inspiring change through tangible messages presented as: advocacy, activism, documentation, education, experiential frameworks, storytelling, visual narrative or visual rhetoric. In my work and pedagogy, I employ a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on meaning and message over style or medium. This approach is rooted in humanities-centered research methodologies that continually re-frame the questions: What am I curious about?; Why do I believe certain problems are worth solving?; Whom do I want to collaborate with?; And, how can I use graphic design to shape my culture?
M.F.A., Northern Illinois University: Visual Communication
B.A., Northern Illinois University: History
Graphic Design 1, Graphic Design Studio