"Johnson is a universe shaper, with a powerful mind careening slightly to self-parody, and a lot of attitude." ~Kirkus
I'm the author of two novels and a book of essays, and co-author of two bestselling books on scrum. I've been editor in chief of a weekly newspaper and was a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the LA Weekly. I was a columnist at the late, great Buzz Magazine in Los Angeles, a contributing editor at Worth and Inc., and have written for InStyle, Oprah, The New York Times Magazine, Us Weekly, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Premiere, Details, Self and many more national publications. I'm currently senior editor at Sactown and editor and publisher at Dymaxicon.
If At First You Don't Succeed is an essay I wrote for Inc. magazine about growing up with a serial entrepreneur for a dad.
A Mighty Heart. A profile of WNBA star Ruthie Bolton for Sactown magazine. A finalist for a 2017 Maggie Award.
Truth and Consequences. Pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered brain damage in NFL players and paid a heavy price for being the whistle-blower. From Sactown.
The Economy of Modernism. How modern architecture and the visionary philanthropy of one family saved the town of Columbus, Indiana. From Worth magazine.
Against Creativity. Why the very concept of creativity mitigates against us. An original essay on medium.com.
Diary of a Female Rapist. This is a dark little piece of work, so consider yourself forewarned, but it is to my knowledge the first and only time the LA Weekly ran a piece of fiction as a cover story.
Coding & Design
As principal at Dymaxicon for six years and Creative Director at Agile Learning Labs for seven, I designed for print, developed web properties and produced promotional videos, creating workflows along the way.
- HTML, CSS, JQuery
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Wordpress Theme Development
- Agile Project Management
The advantage of being a writer, designer and coder is that I understand how the parts fit together to tell a story. On a small project I can wear all of those hats; on a large project I can manage the people wearing those hats, with empathy. I'm an agilist: I aim for the smallest set of features that can accomplish the task. This website, for instance, is plain old HTML.
I'm also a conservationist. I believe time is an endangered resource, and want to preserve it for everyone, especially the reader or viewer, but also for the people building the product or paying for it. If a website can be one page, it should be. If a book can be fifty pages, it should be. Better that resources should be spent on refactoring and documentation. Lots of documentation!
I taught basic keelboat at UCLA Extension; have raced in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay and Antigua. Currently racing 40-50 days per year.
- Santana 35, Ahi, Andy Newell
- Wyliecat 30, Nancy, Pat Broderick
- Bailey 26, Cinnamon Girl, Mariellen Stern
- Beneteau 40.7, Spirit of Venus, Sue Glenny
- Ranger 23, Roadrunner, Greg Demetrulias
- Murray Peterson Schooner, Lifee P Baker, Verna Vanis
- Olson 30, Insanity, Frank Mendez