April Johnston

Web Designer


April Johnston
Minneapolis, MN

Graphic and web designer with over 15 years experience across a broad range of media with a primary focus on the web. Passionate about web design and development, seeking to bring a wealth of experience to web projects while working closely with developers to create excellent web solutions.

Technology + Skills

  • Abilities:
  • Website Design
  • Application Design
  • UI/UX
  • Print Design
  • Logo Design
  • Photo Editing
  • Web Tools:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • ColdFusion
  • Git
  • Design Tools:
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Balsamiq
  • Flash
  • Dreamweaver


Freelance    2015-Current

Pursuing further education, expanding into web development and taking on various design projects both in print and web.

WolfNet   2003-2015

Involved in the UI design and styling phase of each successive version of WolfNet's real estate property search application, WolfNet IDX, reaching millions of users across the nation, in over 500 MLS markets.

Creation of countless custom website designs, website templates, web application design, Flash movie design and creation for hundreds of clients.

Creation of numerous print brochures, flyers, booth skins, banners, promotional material for social media, logo creation, and style guides for in-house use, promotional campaigns, and tradeshows.

Coded responsive header/footer template skin for use in wrapping WolfNet IDX search solution for real estate agents.

Working in WordPress to override theme issues that arise when clients use the WolfNet Plugin to insert the WolfNet IDX Search Solution, QuickSearch or Listings widgets into their WordPress site.

Maintenance on company website, both static website and new Mura CMS website.

Updating legacy code with HTML5 and CSS3, separating the appearance layer from the application layer, reducing overall markup.

Aiding customer service team by testing product implementations, addressing issues and working up solutions that the customer service team can implement through an administrative tool to speed up issue turnaround.

Performing QA on application UI and submitting and tracking issues.

Evolving my skills and broadening my experience to understand and improve how my role connects with other teams within the organization; collaborating with other designers and marketing directors on major projects.

Assisted with wireframe/mockups for current version of property search application.

UI design and mockups for earlier version of property search application.

DratCat   2001-2003

Self-employed handling web and print projects from start to finish for clients.

Successfully completed numerous projects large and small, creating websites, Flash movies, logos, business cards and stationery, illustrations and advertisements for companies and individuals across Minneapolis.

Worked with Endless Sky to create their identity, marketing materials, and web presence, as well as clever promotional pieces for prospective clients.

PixelFarm   1999-2001

Helped start PixelFarm's multimedia division as the department's very first web designer.

Web design and production for major portal/informational web sites, VirtualVet.com and VivaCostaRica.com. Built out VirtualVet from mockups, and led the design and build of VivaCostaRica.com. Prepared hundreds of photos for both sites and some illustrative work for VirtualVet.

Turned web site mockups into working prototypes; did creative work for web clients.

Photo editing and retouching.


Academy Education Center   Graduated 1999

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design, Multimedia and 3D Animation