Drawing before he could ride a big boy bike, Jon has had a passion for all things creative since
he was a small boy. At age 5 he made the pivotal and excruciating choice of a career in art
over paleontology. He loved dinosaurs but he decided if he could never ride one then
what’s the point.
Always on top of his class, he only had his older brother to push his artistic abilities. Throughout
school Art, Recess, and Lunch were his 3 favorite subjects (in that order).
Shoe customization was introduced to him fairly early on. Joining forces with his brother, the
pair reformed the genre into an art form. Designing insoles, tongue tags, and leather uppers,
switched his focus from art to design.
Throughout his professional training he was told design was not art but deep down he knew
design was art with its business suit on. His time spent with the amazingly talented professionals
at Iowa State University molded all of his artistic background into the illustrating designer he is
today. ISU honed his obsession for fixing flawed design and formed him into an art director
never short on helpful suggestions.
Don’t hesitate to email questions, comments, and projects, to Jon@JonnyRaygun.com