I’m Sam Johnstone, a graphic designer and illustrator living in Toronto. Currently at Virgin Mobile Canada, formerly J Walter Thompson Canada. On the board of directors for Inkubate. Brands that I’ve worked on include Air Canada, Listerine, Mazda, Nestlé, Peace Collective, Tim Hortons, University of Toronto, and Walmart. You can email me at hello@samjohnstone.co, or find me here:  elloinstagram | vsco

Experience & Education

Virgin Mobile CanadaGraphic Designer, 2015-Present
Inkubate Art Exchange – Board of Directors, 2016-Present
J. Walter Thompson CanadaDesigner, 2013-2015
Upperclass RecordingsWeb Design Intern, 2012
Oscar de la RentaIntern, 2012
École Parsons à ParisVisiting Student in Communication Design, 2012
Sputnik Design PartnersGraphic Design Intern, 2011
OCAD UniversityBachelor of Design in Graphic Design, 2009-2013


The Cave – Upcoming Solo Show, Blank Canvas Gallery, 2017
Salon of Inclusiveness III
– Black Cat Artspace, 2016
The Drawing Show
Gerrard Art Space, 2016
Salon of Inclusiveness II – Black Cat Artspace, 2015
Swash & Serif II – Ligatures at Black Cat Artspace, 2015
Cocoon Art Exchange – OUT/AUT Gallery, 2015
The Isolation of Samuel Morse – Solo exhibition at Album Gallery, 2015
By the Pound VIGoodfellas Gallery, 2015
Take Home the Unknown – SAVAC, 2014
Salon des InclusivitéBlack Cat Artspace, 2014
Swash & Serif – Ligatures at Black Cat Artspace, 2014
Kinship: A Social Exhibit – Gallery 1313 (Curator), 2014
98th Graduate Exhibition – OCAD University, 2013
By the Pound II – Sleeping Giant Gallery, 2010

Selected Features & Awards

Patron – Featured Member
– Featured Member, Illustration / Shop
The One Show
 – Merit Award Winner, 2016
Zeum Magazine
– Interview, Digital Publication
Lürzer’s Archive – Featured, Volume 5/2015
Communication Arts – Featured, 2015 Design Annual
Kid Icarus Blog – Digital Feature for ‘The Hunter’ & ‘Swim’
DesignTAXI – Digital Publication Feature
Invision Blog – Digital Publication Feature
Omit Limitation – Digital Publication Feature, The Isolation of Samuel Morse
Adobe Creative Jam Toronto 2015 – Best Motion Design (with Kemar Lawrence)
Advertising & Design Club of Canada – Merit Award Winner, Directions 2015
Applied Arts – Complete Design Promotion Winner, 2015 Design Awards Issue
OCAD University – Joubin-Selig OTSS Scholarship Winner