An Incredible Designer, Artist, and Spirit: Chakaras Johnson (via @BDNN_News)

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, and incredible design work at, the graphic design company he founded with his brother Chacon Johnson. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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  1. Donald Odukogbe says:

    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.
    -Donald Odukogbe

    1. ayanabaltrip says:

      Mr. Odukogbe,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I wish I had known him. It seems he was quite outstanding.

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