Christy Johnson is the founder of United Goods. She started working as a freelance artist in 2003 while simultaneously holding down a full-time job as a writer/editor and going to art school part-time. In the beginning, she made a variety of items: mixed-media pieces, drink coasters, greeting cards, scarves, and mini digital illustrations. She went under the name redshoes26, which came from her college nickname (she wore red cleats while playing softball for St. Cloud State University) and the jersey number she’s been obsessed with since having it bestowed upon her at age 15.
As the years went by, she found that her passion lied in the digital illustrations of U.S. landmarks she’d been creating. As her focus went solely to these State Icons, she was thrilled to see the collection—and its popularity—grow. Her mom and dad even got into the mix by hand-making the frames that hold the tiny giclée prints.
In March 2017, after several years of kicking around a new name for her business—one that better fit the focus of her work—she officially rebranded as United Goods.
In what now seems like a past life, Christy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications (Photojournalism emphasis) from St. Cloud State University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International Minnesota. She grew up in North St. Paul, Minnesota, where she jumped on any chance to play volleyball and fastpitch. She still plays these sports competitively, and resides in Minneapolis with her “computer nerd” husband and a boatload of houseplants.