Life, curated.


I’m John.

Relentlessly aspiring creative designer,

graphic artist, typophile, brand strategist,

last-minute marathoner, and

general lover of



John Hatherly

Communication Design


Hi, I’m John, a continually aspiring creative, data visualization nut, web designer, capoeirista, oenophile, Gallophile, last-minute marathoner, and general lover of life. I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mom’s from Alaska, and Dad’s from Costa Rica. I moved around quite a bit – five states to be exact (Texas, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and now Illinois). I’m a Midwesterner at heart, and a Chicagoan by choice.

I learned some important lessons while studying Mathematics & Economics at Loyola University – Chicago. First, I am fascinated with two things: what motivates people, and how they communicate those motivations. Second, I’m not cut out to wear a suit to work every day (though, every once in a while is just fine).

This site is my exploration of technology, communication, language, imitation, construction, and ambiguity. It is a thread of written words and images, sewn together with a voice. My work, my portfolio, my lab; words and images as material.


Life, curated.

 “Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” 

Shall I do
for you?


Creativity with Strategy.

A brand is the start of a conversation, an emotional tie between generations, a set of promises cultivated by a thousand small gestures. Your brand is your most valuable asset. Start a conversation… and create a friendship for life.

From logos to slogans, defining your brand voice to deciphering what drives customer behavior, I’ll help identify your market position and refine your brand promise.


‘Click. Boom. Amazing!’

I specialize in WordPress CMS development, the World’s most popular content management system. WordPress is extremely flexible, user friendly, and W3C compliant, meaning your site retains continuity through all modern browsers.

Jay-Z, UPS, ebay, and The New York Times all trust WordPress for digital solutions. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the company.


Life, curated.

Design is more than responsive websites, gorgeous typography, effective infographics and concise copy. It’s more than a product, it’s a process. Design is a promise to identify a problem and deliver an elegant solution.

I eat design for breakfast, listen to it while I work, and sleep on it at night. It’s my passion. Life is a certain form, curated.

Ready to ship?


Liam Oscar Victor Echo

Surrealist Mixed Media Art

I Am I

Project exploring the spectrum of human sexuality, and the association of color to gender identity.

Smart Social Storytelling

Brian and I teamed up to redesign his professional website into an engaging story of his expertise. […]

Uptown Downers

Custom Business Card Design

Uptown Downers

Gig poster design

“I sought out John to create a comprehensive brand and website for my business. John’s work exceeded my expectations. He was receptive to my comments, demonstrated interest in my field, and created a product that helps to define myself, my practice, and my business. John’s work was truly impeccable, it was clear he conducted thorough research and he impressed me with his knowledge, not only of web design and branding, but of the specifics important to my field of work. I know my business will greatly benefit due to John’s creative, thoughtful and professional work.”

Rachel Riley-Fancher, PsyD

a line

photo1 (11)

Contact Information

I’m a great listener, and I’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in talking design, or just need a sounding board, drop me a line, we’ll grab a drink.


Phone: 773.998.1606



about life, in all its aspects, I think, is still the secret of

great creative people