Jon Schafer is a designer, art director and illustrator working under the moniker Why, Hello There.

Photo by Lael Tyler.

Here goes

Jon entered the world of design through the accident of obsession. Despite having no formal arts education, he found himself helplessly drawn to Joseph Mueller-Brockman’s “Grid Systems,” clean Nordic design, and the tireless intricacies of Lance Wyman. His restless exuberance and appetite for knowledge spurred Jon on a self-taught path towards his future craft.

Jon moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004 searching for further growth and creative opportunity. In the decade-plus since, he has worked on design projects of nearly every conceivable scale, method, and medium. His day jobs have included time at small studios like Nemo, Opolis, and Sandstrom, and larger outfits like Nike, Columbia Sportswear, and Razorfish.

Why, Hello There began as an extra-curricular side-hustle to bring in additional creative work, but over the years it has become something more; a platform for celebrating great design, and a launch pad for projects driven more by love than labor. He is always happy to discuss new opportunities and creative partnerships.