The Info-Graphics of...
You may remember our WebDesign & Review
article about the LasVegas
Review Journal, where we mentioned Mike Johnson. Well, it gives us great pleasure
to introduce you to Mike today...
PST&T: What kind of background prepared you for the Las Vegas staff?
Johnson: I never pursued a college degree in art, but finished Wolfe Art academy in Tampa, Florida and taking various courses. I'm mostly self-taught with Macintosh programs.
I've been working graphics positions in the Las Vegas area steadily for about twenty years. I worked with U2's manager, Paul McGuinness last March when U2 started their tour in Las Vegas, putting together a graphic for media use and Island Records UK's web site. I worked on the "Flying Elvis" bit for "Honeymoon in Vegas" as Air/Ground Coordinator and was a team member with 225 skydives.
PST&T: Mike, how do you start? What steps do you take when faced with a new assignment?
Johnson: I first come up with a concept through rough sketches and brainstorming. Then I'll research the topic (library card a must) to get a grasp of all the technical aspects of the subject.
Public libraries are free and packed with information and resources.
PST&T: Of your favorite piece, could you briefly relate the specific major steps in its creation?
Johnson: The stratosphere Tower.
of our readers will dream about having the opportunity of gaining a position (like
yours) to create such art... any advice for those who chasing the dream?
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