Chris Johnson


Chris Johnson has a passion for both design and education. He hails from the great state of Michigan. GO BLUE!! He was raised in Detroit (yes, inner city Detroit) but currently live in Adrian, MI. He has a son, Samuel (6), and daughter, Sepporah (14). They are his life. Chris has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master in Educational Technology. Ten years ago God led him to start his own graphic design company, Tyrus Design. Recently Chris felt a tug at his heart to get back into teaching of some sort. Through a string of God-ordained circumstances, Chris found his way to Excelsior Classes and teaches graphic design. It is his hope to build a graphic design program that will give students the knowledge they need to know in order to pursue a career in that field. Some of his hobbies include CrossFit and Baseball. He is currently the head varsity baseball coach at Lenewee Christian School and a HUGE Atlanta Braves fan. He looks forward to teaching your kids!

Classes Taught By Chris Johnson

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Blog Posts By Chris Johnson

Logo: From Start to Finish

Logos are everywhere. From and M to a swoosh….Logos are what make a brand known. But how are they created? It might be more simple than you think. [video width="1440" height="900"...

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New Club! Starting and running a small business!

Have you ever considered starting your own small business? Finding a job can be a hard thing for a teenager. Thank goodness for small businesses! Whether its a lemonade stand, pet sitting, babysitting, photography, or even graphic design, a small business can help you...

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What is Graphic Design and Why You Need to Know It

At some point in your life you will need to create some sort of advertisement. Whether it’s a project for college, a poster for church, or even a website for your own business you will want it to look professional. Knowing the ins and outs of graphic design is a must....

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Love for Chris Johnson

Thank you so much for class! I enjoyed it so much over the past two years I've done it. I am so sad I'm a senior and won't be attending next year, but my love for Photoshop began in your class and now I'm pursuing a career in [Graphic Design]. 🙂

A Student 

By taking Photoshop 101 and 201, I learned numerous ways to edit, and create. It opened up a whole new passion for graphic design, and built upon my already-existing passion for art. Mr. Johnson was very patient, helpful, and always had an answer for any question I had. I am excited to take Adobe Muse from Mr. Johnson this Spring!

A Student 

Through the Photoshop II class, I learned various ways on how to use Photoshop. We learned simple things like how to edit pictures and more complex things like graphic designing. Mr. Johnson was an excellent teacher! He was extremely helpful, patient, and fun. He was always willing to help us grasp each concept and learn how to do it. Mr. Johnson really cared about his students, which made class and homework so much better! This is a MUST class for anyone who is thinking about being a graphic designer or photographer.

A Student 

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