Michael graduated from University with a 1st in Visual Art and Marketing, then proceeded to work around the world with eight different jobs in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo and New York. Aged 28, he decided to create his own company, Johnson Banks. Today, the consultancy is established as one of the pre-eminent European identity and branding companies, regularly competing for projects against companies ten times its size and twice its age, with clients as far afield as Beijing, Doha and San Francisco.
The success of the company has been reflected in the numerous awards that Johnson has collected over the past two decades, including 8 D&AD Pencils (one of them a very rare black one). Dozens of his designs are held in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and both the Guardian and Independent newspapers have recently identified him as
one of Britain’s foremost designers.
Michael served on the D&AD executive board for four years before being appointed president in 2003, the year that his project to celebrate forty years of D&AD (Rewind) was commemorated with an exhibition at the V&A and a Phaidon book of the same name. His first book, Problem Solved (Phaidon Press) has just been revamped for a second edition and he is researching two further titles.