My name is Charles Draper, but you can call me CJ. I am a graphic designer specializing in identity & brand strategy.

I might not be quite as suave as Don Draper, but I like to think I can bring the same stroke of genius to any conference room. My focus stems from my extensive work with various startups in the technology and the hospitality realm.

Let's create something together!


In 2012, I graduated from Illinois State University with degrees in both Graphic Design and Arts Technology. There, I was able to build a foundation for my skills in typography, illustration, and technical skill. Shortly after graduation, I moved to New York—sans job—to pursue my dream of being a designer.

I currently work for boutique branding agency in the heart of the Flatiron District called Kern + Lead. At K+L, we pride ourselves on creating and developing unique brands for the working world. Our clientele is ranges from tech companies, to the hospitality realm.

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