Jon Johnson is a freelance designer and screen printer from Kitchener-Waterloo. I can't honestly remember where I first met Jon. Our design community in Kitchener-Waterloo is rather small when compared to those in neighbouring cities, but Jon has done an especially good job of making himself and his work known here. Despite his own admission of being rather introverted, he's always present and engaged in local design happenings. What caught my attention about Jon is his serious dedication to learning his craft, be it graphic design or screen printing. He has this honest approach to everything he does and I knew his story would be an interesting one.
Tell me about what you do?
I am Jon Johnson, I’m also Bearface Design and BRFC. I refer to myself as a small-time screen printer and graphic designer. That’s basically the jist of it.
Bearface Design is a freelance graphic design company and in that I do anything people will let me [laughs]. Logos, ad work etc. I have regular clients like the Princess Cinemas, Queen Street Yoga and the Centre in the Square. Then I work for other people, including some breweries, which I really like to do and would like to do more of, more beer work, always.
BRFC is the screen printing side of what I do, which is mostly products that I design and print. I also do custom screen printing for people sometimes. BRFC sells wholesale to shops, as well as selling stuff myself on Etsy or at craft shows.