Jacqueline Johnsson  

Projects 2019-2021

Global Icons, a collection of stock icons that visualize the global supply chain.

Rubbings in the Design Center contains rubbings of repeating mass-produced objects and infrastructural parts I observed throughout the five floors of the Pratt Institute Design Center.

Hillside Letters and Football Field Endzone Stencils,  2020. A booklet examining the relationship between two phenomena in American footbal culture that are visible from a great height. Made in collaboration with Maddy Bruster

An Environmental Profile of Pencils, 2019. A booklet designed on behalf of Artbook @ MoMA PS1 for the 2019 Artbook Fair, which illustrates an environmental profile of pencils.

A talktube, inserted into an existing hole in the floor/cieling, connecting an Undergraduate Graphic Design studio with an Undergraduate Industrial Design Studio. 

Four rectangles mapping out a line of sight, from a window in a stairwell, through a crosswalk, into a window in a classroom. Made in collaboration with Maddy Bruster and Sophia Dorfsman

Remembering Chernobyl, 2019. A set of four booklets combines two ways the Chernobyl disaster is remembered: international news coverage imagery and fragments of stories told by survivors, from Voices of Chernobyl. The edges of the books contain timestamps from 1:23:04, the time of the safety test, to 1:23:58, the time of the first explosion.

Light Letters, 2020. A set of letters collaged out of pictures taken on the i-95 at night.

Rubber Tiles Manual, 2020–present. This is an ongoing exploration of rubber tiles, specifically of how the default color selection and square-shape can be utiilized to create experimental patterns. The tiles are sourced from Surface America.

CVS Monument Signs, 2020–present. An ongoing collection of CVS monument signs across the US which highlights what set of elements makes a monument sign and how those elements are arranged differently in every sign.

Sealant Sans, 2020. A set of ligatures connected by road sealant. The “type specimen” demonstrates how the forms were constructed, rather than how the type can be used. It acts more as a tool for observing forms in the built environment.

Filled-in spraypaint residue in a stairwell, leading up to the roof.

A pinwheel, attached to a sidewalk grate, spins when the train arrives and departs below.

Jacqueline Johnsson is a graphic designer based in Brooklyn. Her work and research come from her observations of her built and natural environments. Her approach to making is systematic and iterative, but also chance-based and poetic. She enjoys working digitally and physically simultaneously to discover accidental slippages that occur during the translation of form.