Dezignjk = Justin Kohout

Designer. Illustrator. Designustrator. 

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Justin Time - a Self Portrait

My name is Justin. When someone says "just in time" or "just in case" there's usually a moment when I think they are talking to me, even if they're not. For some friends it's already a nickname. Well, now it's a self-portrait. 

There are lots of symbols in this piece. In addition to burying my visage in a collage of time-keepers, I've personalized it in regard to the animals. Yes, I currently share my home with 2 dogs and 3 cats...and a parrot. If you've met me in person then you understand the giraffe, and the roosters refer to my family name. Even the time is symbolic. In addition to making killer eyebrows, they're also a nod to the family. I'm half Czech (10:10 is when clock hands form a check mark). 

Half Czech, half clever.


Actually, that's kinda 'me' in general. I like clever. Clever is concepts and ideas, subtext and symbols (for example, I've hidden my 'jk' logo in the 'Justin Time' drawing), sociology and psychology (for example, as soon as you finish this paragraph, you plan to check for that logo I hid) and bringing it all together to create something unique or unexpected. Clever is what really inspires me about design, art, architecture, and, well, life. I like stuff that makes me think. Or makes me laugh. Or makes me think about laughing. If I laugh too much while I'm thinking though, people give me looks.

Yes, the logo is really there. Keep looking.

I've always enjoyed writing and will credit myself with having a way with the written word. Spelling, grammar, and communication in general are some of my greatest strengths. I am passionate enough about English to get the urge to correct half the Internet on its misuse of "your" and "too", but wise enough to avoid donning the term "Grammar Nazi", due to the glaring spelling or grammar mistakes that somehow always seem to follow that statement, regardless of my best efforts. So I won't go that far. But I'm close.

In addition to avoiding grammar fights on the web, I also pride myself on my bizarre ability to generate acronyms for pretty much anything. Like: 

C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S! = Children Hope Rudolph Is Scheduled To Make A Stop.


S.N.O.W. = Slippery Nuisance Obstructing Walkways.


J.U.S.T.I.N. = Jocularly Using Software To Illustrate Novelties

Jocular means 'given to telling jokes', by the way. Although I'm competitive, I'm not what you would call a jock. Or a jockey. Definitely too tall for that ride. You could say I'm jovial too, but jocular just sounds cooler.

Alright, enough reading. Get to looking:

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