College for Creative Studies: Product Design


Michael Johnson

Senior Industrial Designer, the Oakwood Group

B.F.A., College for Creative Studies

Michael Johnson is a Chicago native, pursuing his artistic passions, which has taken him to Detroit - his current home - from Seattle, Minneapolis and Phoenix - with extensive travel across Europe and Asia.

Head shot Michael Johnson
This 40-year professional journey began with extensive commercial illustration work mixed with fine art commissions. His specialty was highly detailed India ink (Rapidograph) and colored pencil fantasy art. As a Consumer Electronics product designer, he established PrecisionPower, Lightning Audio, Esoteric Audio and IXOS as global brands and helped launch Sirius Satellite Radio into CE as well. As a freelance consultancy with offices in Changping China and Detroit, MJ Design includes Best Buy, Systemax, Honeywell, Sony, Proforma, Target, T-Mobile, Hama, Kenwood, Clarion and others among its client list for product, packaging and marketing services. Currently MJ is Senior Industrial Designer at The Oakwood Group in Dearborn Michigan, a Tier 2 automotive supplier for luxury car audio metal interior trim and safety impact systems. Additionally, their VICONIC Military and Sporting divisions provide blast and impact safety products.

Research Interests:

  • Product Design for consumer electronics
  • Packaging and marketing for Consumer Electronics
  • Car Audio
  • Home Audio
  • Automotive Design
  • Horology
  • Illustration

    Significant Publications/Presentation/Exhibition/Projects:

    Recently, Johnson completed a series of etchings and automotive-themed digital prints. One of these was a large-scale commission for the flagship Starbucks Troy, MI location. Some of these are also on display in the Farmington Hills, MI City Hall and the Woodward Warehouse in Royal Oak.