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An Incredible Designer, Artist, and Spirit: Chakaras Johnson (via @BDNN_News)

Posted in Art, Black Designers, Design, Design Matters, News, Social Good by ayanaairakan on 2010/08/11

As I was catching up on my reading yesterday I ran across Atim Annette Oton’s tribute to Chakaras Johnson on her Black Design News Network blog. Chakaras Johnson passed away untimely around 18 July 2010.

After reading her tribute, I researched him and found that he was an incredible graphic designer, artist, and spirit. I’m sorry I didn’t know him, but am grateful to Atim for “introducing” him to me. I too, am compelled to pay tribute to him. You may see his stunning art at chakaras.com, and incredible design work at helen-marie.com, the graphic design company he founded with his brother Chacon Johnson. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Photo courtesy of Dream Variations

Images courtesy of chakaras.com

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  1. Donald Odukogbe said, on 2010/10/27 at 20:28

    I had a chance to meet and work with Chakarus in the incipient stages of “Blacklines” Magazine. Blacklines was a group of young architects trying to make a platform for black design.

    My first assignment was to work with Chakarus on developing a look for the magazine. I have to tell you that it was a privilege working with Chakarus because his ideas were innovative and expressive.

    We developed a good working relationship that stemmed past design and well into social and world politics. Just a very energetic and fun person

    My best and strong wishes to his family. He will be missed.
    -Donald Odukogbe

    • ayanabaltrip said, on 2010/11/19 at 20:41

      Mr. Odukogbe,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I wish I had known him. It seems he was quite outstanding.

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