Underscorefunk Design

Design, Illustration, Interaction, and Artistic Direction


Underscorefunk Design is a small Canadian design and development company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, run by its sole employee, John Funk. John is a WordPress developer and university educated conceptual designer/artist who occasionally teaches at the University of Manitoba in the School of Fine Art. He is a hobbyist woodworker, musician, and a Chen style Tai Chi practitioner. He has been working in the field since 1999.

John’s approach to design is rooted in the belief that the highest level of design is the marriage of function, content, and empathy. In particular, empathy for the limitations and features of a composition’s materials/medium, its audiences, and the contexts that transform its meaning. To create a successful piece of design, the designer must possess intuitive knowledge of the language being used and technical mastery over the medium in which the message will be conveyed.

About this site

This site is created as a place to publish design and development musings, as an archive for thoughts, and a resource for the community at large.

What we do

  • Business and brand development
  • Design system development
  • Identity systems and logo design
  • Illustration
  • Print and publication design
  • Trade show and signage design
  • UI/UX design
  • Custom tailored WordPress plugin and theme development
  • Writing, teaching, and speaking about design, productivity, business, and ethics

Who we work with

Underscorefunk Design is interested in working with inclusive and positive clients who are interested in creating something great. We work with clients who are healthy members of their communities who promote growth and inclusivity. We care deeply about our clients and stand by them every step of the way.

We will not work with clients or on projects that:

  • Are exclusively about implementation instead of creating something together
  • Are deceptive or manipulative
  • Promote hate or segregation
  • Are in direct competition with existing clients and projects

If you are interested in working with us please contact us John at