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: Creative Cues From the Cat: The Visionary Virtues of Our Feline Friends. And please share the link with your cat-loving friends!