CJ Draper is a designer, brander and an avid baseball fan.

CJ graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Graphic design as well as a BS in Arts Technology.

He started his career branding restaurants, startups and technology companies in New York City. CJ developed at the boutique agency, Kern + Lead, becoming lead designer on a number of projects. But he was thirsty for more.

In order to scratch that itch, CJ enrolled in the world’s first Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Founded by Debbie Millman and Steven Heller, CJ absorbed as much as he could in the accelerated, fast paced 15 month masters program.

In 2016, CJ joined the forces at Jones Knowles Ritchie to work with clients such as ABInBev, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Kraft Foods, Perfect Bar, and Diageo. There, he has created work with a phenomenal team that has been recognized by D&AD, the Art Directors Club, Graphis, Print Magazine, Type Directors Club, Communication Arts and more.

CJ is also a teaching assistant to Tosh Hall, Executive Global Creative Director at Jones Knowles Ritchie and instructor at the School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding Program. CJ has had the opportunity to lead workshops and give lectures to the students in the Branding Program.

When he is not crafting brands he is biking around the city, catching a ball game, or searching for that perfect slice of pizza.


ABInbev, Knoll Furniture, Target, Perfect Bar, Ed Schoenfeld, Hearst Communications, Boca Burger, Hippo, Red Farm, Bud Light, Diageo, Michelob Ultra, Culinaria Group, Kettlebell Kitchen, Safavieh Home Furnishings, Equinox, Blue Print Juice, Tabush IT, Served by Stadium, Jockey Hollow, Nautica, 5 Napkin Burger, All'onda, Epic Seed, National Retail Federation


D&AD / Wood Pencil: Branding, Small Organisation / Kennaland / 2017

Creative Circle UK: Silver / Identity Design / Kennaland / 2018

Graphis Design Annual: Silver / Branding/ Kennaland / 2018

Graphis Design Annual: Silver / Branding / Dream / 2017

Type Directors Club / Award of Excellence / Dream / 2017

Type Directors Club / Award of Excellence / Dream / 2017

Art Directors Club: Bronze / Use of Typography / Dream / 2018

Art Directors Club: Merit / Identity / Dream / 2018

Design Week Awards: Winner / Social Design / Dream / 2018

The One Show: Gold / Bud Light / 2017

The One Show: Bronze / Bud Light / 2017

Pentawards: Bronze / Bud Light / 2017

Clio Awards: Shortlist / Bud Light / 2017

Graphis Design Annual: Silver / Bud Light / 2017

Graphis Design Annual: Silver / Branding/ Hippo / 2018

The One Show: Silver / Logo / Hippo / 2018

Young Guns 16 Nominee