As I was catching up on my reading yesterday I ran across Atim Annette Oton’s tribute to Chakaras Johnson on her Black Design News Network blog. Chakaras Johnson passed away untimely around 18 July 2010.
After reading her tribute, I researched him and found that he was an incredible graphic designer, artist, and spirit. I’m sorry I didn’t know him, but am grateful to Atim for “introducing” him to me. I too, am compelled to pay tribute to him. You may see his stunning art at chakaras.com, and incredible design work at helen-marie.com, the graphic design company he founded with his brother Chacon Johnson. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Photo courtesy of Dream Variations
Images courtesy of chakaras.com
I had a chance to meet and work with Chakarus in the incipient stages of “Blacklines” Magazine. Blacklines was a group of young architects trying to make a platform for black design.
My first assignment was to work with Chakarus on developing a look for the magazine. I have to tell you that it was a privilege working with Chakarus because his ideas were innovative and expressive.
We developed a good working relationship that stemmed past design and well into social and world politics. Just a very energetic and fun person
My best and strong wishes to his family. He will be missed.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I wish I had known him. It seems he was quite outstanding.