John Pobojewski is a new media artist and partner & design director at Span. His work explores the intersection of brand, sound, motion, and generative art, in pursuit of new expressions for communication.

As an artist, John has been part of several group exhibitions including CHGO DSGN at the Chicago Cultural Center and Mark Applebaum’s Metaphysics of Notation project at Stanford University. His digital theatre sets for Chicago Repertory Ballet’s production of Macbeth brought “a contemporary look” and were “especially potent” according the Chicago Tribune.

As a designer, John was profiled by Communication Arts Magazine in their 2016 feature “New Currents in Chicago Design.” In 2007, he was named one of Print Magazine’s "New Visual Artists: 20 under 30." From 2003–2019, he was a designer and later partner at Thirst, and his work with the studio has appeared in many design publications including Graphis, ID Magazine, IdN Magazine, and is currently part of the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Letterform Archive, and others. John has received professional recognition from the Type Directors Club, the Society of Typographic Arts, the Chicago Design Archive, AIGA, and SEGD.

John has presented at numerous conferences including SALT Istanbul, the SEGD Conference, the MAS CONTEXT Analog Conference, AIGA National Convention, Processing Conference Chicago, and TEDx. He also lectures at colleges and universities around the U.S.

John is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and a Bachelor of Music. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.


John Pobojewski
Selected Exhibitions

Typeforce 9, Chicago, 2018
LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, 2015
Typeforce 6
, Chicago, 2015
Typeforce 5
, Chicago, 2014
CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design
, Chicago Cultural Center, 2014
Metaphysics of Notation
, Stanford University, 2011
Graphic Design: Now in Production
, Walker Art Center, 2011
Architecture & Design Film Festival
, Toronto, 2011
, Chicago, 2010
Typeforce 1
, Chicago, 2010
Chicago International Poster Biennial,
Chicago, 2009 and 2010
Sound in Print
, New York, 2006
Design Life Now: National Design Triennial
, New York, 2005

Lectures and Workshops

HalfRez 7 Conference, Chicago, 2018
School of Art Institute of Chicago, 2017 and 2016
MAS CONTEXT: ANALOG Conference, 2017 and 2012
Iowa State University, 2017
College for Creative Studies, 2016 and 2009
SEGD Experience Chicago, 2015
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
SALT Istanbul, 2012
Columbia College Chicago, 2012
Processing Conference, Chicago, 2011
TEDxBGSU, 2011
SEEK Conference, 2011 and 2008
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
Judson University, 2011
Florida Atlantic University, 2010
Northern Illinois University, 2009

Awards and Publications

Design50, Newcity Magazine, 2018
New Currents in Chicago Design,
Communication Arts Magazine, 2016
Sappi Ideas That Matter, Grant Recipient, 2009
New Visual Artists: 20 under 30, Print Magazine, 2007

Featured Clients

Acute Angles, Inc.
Eighth Blackbird
Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Chicago Repertory Ballet
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
One Leg Up Productions