Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson
Associate Professor
Graphic Design


MFA Graphic Design, Louisiana Tech University, 2002

BFA Graphic Design, University of South Alabama, 1998

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Matt Johnson has been a Professor of Graphic Design at the University of South Alabama for 12 years and a designer for nearly 20. He holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Louisiana Tech University, is an internationally awarded designer, and published children’s book author and illustrator. His experiences in the field, as well as the classroom, make his teaching and creative skills second-to-none. He lives for visual gratification and the ability to create. Matt’s world revolves around visual communication and the satisfaction that comes from a piece of work well done.


Tools at Work!. Warminster, PA: Marco Products, 2014, Tools at Work!

Awards and Honors

Award of Excellence, Uncracking the Egg, Apex Awards for Publication Excellence, June 2016 

Runner Up, Avian Outlook, Creativity Quarterly 44, 2016 (Runner Up)

Gold Award, Springhill Yardage Book, Marcom Awards, 2015 (With Benjamin J. Shamback)

Award of Excellence, Azalea Yardage Book, Apex Awards for Publication Excellence, 2015 (With Benjamin J. Shamback)

Gold Award, Uncracking the Egg,  Hermes Creative Awards, 2015

2nd Place, Hollows Grove Movie Art Competition, 2015

Special Merit Award, You First, Light Space & Time Online Gallery, , 2015

Special Recognition, Regarding Loneliness, Light Space & Time Online Gallery, 2015

Top Prof Recognition, University of South Alabama, 2015

Finalist, Tools at Work!, U.S. Book News, 2014

Gold Award, Tools at Work!. Hermes Creative Awards, 2011

Gold Award, Tools at Work!. Creativity Annual Awards, 2011

Award of Excellence, SportsReports Publication. Apex Awards for Publication Excellence, 2009

Award of Excellence, SportsReports Publication. Apex Awards for Publication Excellence, 2008

Honorable Mention, SportsReports Publication, Hermes Creative Awards, 2008

Work Published, the Speakeasy Remains. Creativity Annual Awards, 2006


ARS 121, Perceptual Drawing I

ARS 122, Perceptual Drawing II

ARS 271, Introduction to Graphic Design

ARS 272 Typography

ARS 273, Graphic Design Applications

ARS 290, Special Topics, Drawing for Game Design

ARS 372, Graphic Design Production

ARS 373, Graphic Design Identity Systems

ARS 374, Publication Design

ARS 375, Digital Graphic Design

ARS 376, Illustration

ARS 472, Senior Graphic Design

ARS 473, Web Design

ARS 479, Design Business Practices

ARS 488, Graphic Design Thesis

ARS 494, Directed Studies

ARS 496, Professional Studies Internship

CAS 100, First Yr Experience