Present Tense Studio

Present Tense is a Graphic Design Studio focusing on branding, strategy, and organizational storytelling. Download a pdf of current work here.

About Kate Johnston, Design Principal: Kate’s practice melds the fields of Service Design, Identity, and Graphic Design. In 2013, she co-founded the The Womens Center for Creative Work, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate LA’s feminist creative communities & practices. Kate serves as principal of Present Tense Studio and has collaborated on projects with Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MasterClass, The Art Newspaper, The Huntington Library, LA County Arts Commission, Hammer Museum, East of Borneo, and Armory Center for the Arts. She serves as Editor & Art Director of Pants Magazine and is a co-founder of the 500 Album Covers for Imaginary Bands project.

Kate’s work has been featured on AIGA Eye on Design, Typotalks,, and KCET Artbound. She is on faculty at Otis College of Art and Design and has most recently lectured at Typo Berlin, Komsfaack University Stockholm, CalArts, UCLA, and Pomona College. Kate holds an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts and a BA in Classics from Pitzer College. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Download Kate's resumé here.