Ella Johnston


London, United Kingdom
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About me

I’m an Australian designer with a focus on visual identity and communication design. With experience across Australia, Stockholm and now based in London, I am interested in working with brands and strategy through a diverse range of creative solutions. Outside of the studio, I have a keen interest in filtered coffee, 90's hip hop, hiking and travel. Full portfolio on request. Say hello!

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  • Digital Design
  • Branding
  • Graphic Design
  • Abobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Web Design
  • Art Directon
  • Editorial Design
  • Fashion Campaigns

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Pentagram


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      Made Thought Design Ltd

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        Work history


        Jan 2020 - Mar 2020
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Made Thought is a creative office that believes in heartfelt strategy and exquisite visual craft to create brands, products and experiences that people fall in love with. I was brought on to the team as a freelance designer to work alongside the lead designer on the rollout of a pioneering Ballymore project.




        Apr 2019 - Nov 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Pentagram is the world’s largest independently-owned design studio. Our work encompasses graphics and identity, architecture and interiors, products and packaging, exhibitions and installations, websites and digital experiences, advertising and communications. I was brought on to Angus Hyland's team to lead the interior branding and wayfinding for one of Olam Cocoa's head offices in the Netherlands.



        Studio Brave

        Aug 2016 - Feb 2019
        • Melbourne, Australia
        • Full Time
        • Studio Brave combine strategic thinking and a brave approach to ensure the creation, development and evolution of effective brands. As a mid weight designer, I was given autonomy over a wide range of projects in industries including property. arts and culture, creative services, fashion and retail. My responsibilities spanned brand strategy and brand development, print design, digital design, art direction, finished artwork and production management, client presentations and more.




        Jun 2014 - Jul 2016
        • Melbourne, Australia
        • Full Time
        • Canyon was started by a group of former directors from Cornwell. Their process has delivered enduring brands for Australia’s leading organisations. Clients range from hospitals to national football clubs and beyond. My responsibilities involved both collaborative and autonomous projects ranging from interior design brands, to residential property campaigns and digital design.




        Jun 2012 - Sep 2013
        • Gold Coast, Australia
        • Freelance
        • I worked as the solo in-house designer and brand manager for a group of entrepreneurs. Working with the group, we established a variety of start-ups including a building company, a deals website for builders and tradespeople, a hairdressing salon, a bar and a coffee roaster. I was responsible for directing strategic and creative solutions from concept through to production, including print collateral, signage, packaging, retail fit-outs, marketing, social media and more. As the solo designer I was responsible for managing brand guidelines, working autonomously, liaising with printers and suppliers, being organised and making sure I met deadlines.


        Oct 2011 - Dec 2011
        • Stockholm, Sweden
        • Internship
        • As an assistant designer at one of Sweden's leading design studios, I was responsible for assisting the senior designer in all manner of projects from market research to brand development, designing packaging, identities and evolving ideas. Clients I worked with included: IKEA Foods, Go Green (Lantmännen), VitaminWell & Åbro Bryggeri to name a few.



        Bachelor of Digital Media

Griffith University, Australia

        Mar 2008
        • Gold Coast, Australia



        Emerging Designer Award

        Design Institute of Australia

        • Encouragement Award for recognition of achievement and developing qualities of a designer.


        Best Graduate Portfolio – Graphic Design

        Griffith University

        • Each year, one student is awarded the title of Best Portfolio from each specialisation with the Bachelor of Digital Media presented at the end of year show.