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CJ Draper

CJ graduated from Illinois State University with degrees in both Graphic Design and Arts Technology. There, he was able to build a foundation for his skills in typography, illustration, and technical skill. Shortly after graduation, CJ moved to New York—sans job—to pursue his dream of being a designer.   


CJ currently works for a boutique branding agency in the heart of the Flatiron District called Kern + Lead. At K+L, he has developed a passion for creating and developing unique identities and brands for the working world.    


When CJ is not hard at work, you can find him taking in a concert, biking around the city, or in continuous search of the best slice of pizza in New York but admittedly, he’s yet to taste anything that compares with the thick, saucy greatness of Chicago’s Art of Pizza. As a Chicagoland native, his allegiance runs as deep as the pizza itself.

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