In 1979 JDG was founded as Johnson Design Group, Inc., when Len Johnson purchased the graphic design firm from his employer of seven years. As the company grew from three graphic designers serving a base of graphic design clients—to a broader suite of services including advertising, brand development and marketing communications—a name change was required to better represent its new business offerings. Thus in 2000, the firm changed its name to JDG Communications, Inc. and adopted the tagline, “Strategic Marketing By Design.”
When JDG was awarded a GSA AIMS Schedule contract for advertising, and integrated marketing services in 2002, it began serving clients in the federal government sector. The high-profile, award-winning work that JDG created for its federal clients includes: the National Do Not Call Registry awareness campaign for the Federal Trade Commission, the National Wildlife Refuges Centennial celebration for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and brand development for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
After 30 years in business, Len Johnson CEO and owner of JDG Communications, sold the firm to Sage Communications, LLC in May 2009.