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, designing wine labels, websites and building brands.

Cupola Press

My work-for-love (hobby) is running an independent publishing business, Cupola Press, where I get to combine my design and writing skills and occasionally help the dreams of another author come true. Recently, I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for VISION: Creative Cues From the Cat. If you’re interested in this insightful, fun book on vision and creativity, please visit All preorders will be shipped in early December, 2015.