The Story

Hatherly began their studio practice in 2014 focusing on brand identity design for small businesses and startups before working as a graphic designer with The Brand Consultancy from 2016-2018. From 2018 to the Summer of 2020, Hatherly worked as the Creative Director of Oak & Oscar, helping to build the design language and guide the creative and operational strategy for one of the premiere upcoming independent watch brands in the United States. In 2020, John founded Sondwerk—an interdisciplinary creative studio dedicated to building peace through nonviolent communication.

John currently serves as an art director with the award-winning Moncur branding agency where he helps guide creative transformations of highly technical and complex brands in the advanced manufacturing, energy, education, and professional services industries.

Hatherly’s designs have helped launch companies on the New York Stock Exchange; provided moments of unexpected delight, curiosity, and joy; and helped to build a passionate community around a high-end, purpose-driven luxury brand.

John enjoys sharing their process and perspective on the value and responsibility of design in society. Their work for Oak & Oscar garnered a loyal community of fans for the brand and was featured in publications around the world, including:

The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Wired Magazine, Gear Patrol, Cool Hunting, Chevrolet Magazine, Hodinkee, WatchTime Magazine, Fratello Magazine, aBlogtoWatch, InsideHook, Great Lakes by Design

John is a leading memeber of the Chicago Graphic Design Club, a member of the Society of Typographic Arts, a sustaining member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a member of the Spudnik Press Coöperative, a resident artist at Platform Studios, and a member of The Design Museum of Chicago—serving on the exhibit design committee for the initial build out of the first permanent-space exhibit, Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future in 2012.

Hatherly believes in mastery taking generations, and approaches their work with a sense of naïvety and wonder—an infinite search for voice through a series of discrete, playful explorations in a search for forms that illuminate life.

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