gailjohnston_top.jpgI am a creative person and a thinker.
You are too, of course; everyone is.

Perhaps I’m wearing more creative hats than most, pouring myself into graphic design, writing, publishing and art. I also have a desire to serve, to use my talents to make another person’s life a little better. All of this keeps me very busy.

So many ideas, so little time

I’m not just interested in my own ideas, by the way. As a graphic designer, I work in a team, with the client, to bring the best ideas to light. The books I’ve authored are largely compilations, sharing ideas from many. And if you were to schedule me for a speaking engagement, I would listen to your ideas and goals to make sure I deliver as needed.


With a B.F.A. in Communication Arts, I began my career in the New York City advertising world. After four thrilling years, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and landed a job at a fast-paced ad agency which made me feel like I never left Manhattan. Three years later, I founded my own graphic design and advertising business where I served numerous and diverse clients in Silicon Valley and beyond. Now at Johnston & Alves, I am designing for the thriving wine industry, partnering with copywriter Michael Alves. While my primary career is still graphic design, I also run an independent publishing business, Cupola Press, and have authored a few books.


Thank you, Kiyoshi Kanai, for teaching me that less is more. Thank you, Lena Chow, for the years of design and advertising challenges. Thank you, Gary Thomas, for Sacred Pathways. Thank you, dear family and friends, for contributing to my ideas and anecdotes. Thank you, kind followers—I’m honored! May whatever posts you read here be worth your while.