This website is a personal blog and gathering place for my creative endeavors. If you are interested in my main business—graphic design—please visit my portfolio website at Gail Johnston Design. Otherwise, take a look around and read a post or two.

BACKGROUND: With a B.F.A. in Communication Arts, I began my career in the New York City advertising world. After four thrilling years with clients that include ABC, Club Med, and Bloomingdale’s, 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. In 2013, I rebranded my business as Johnston & Alves to focus on the thriving wine and spirits industry.

About every 5 years, I author a book. My first book, A Rumor of Angels, coauthored with my sister, Jill Rabideau, was published by Random House. Next came The Wish, The Wait, and The Wonder, published by HarperSanFrancisco. In 2007, I founded Cupola Press so I could publish my own works and a few by others. Check out my latest book: Creative Cues From the Cat, which is as much about creativity as it is about cats. All my books and those I’ve published for others can be found at Cupola Press. Enjoy!