One on One with Jon Benjamin

Jon Benjamin

BUCKHANNON — Jon Benjamin owns and operates Argo Books, located on Main Street in Buckhannon, W.Va. He is also a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College and has started the West Virginia Art and Design Association.

Benjamin received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. For eleven years, Jon was a Senior Graphic Designer for an association management company located in a suburb of Washington D.C. Jon developed brands, designed websites and produced scientific journals. His clients included the American Society of Consulting Arborists, the Association of Water Technologies and the Cardiology Leadership Alliance. 

Benjamin is currently teaching courses at WVWC, where he is the Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. His courses include Graphic Design, Typography, Web Design, Brand Identity Systems, Motion Graphics, Video Production, Video Game Design, Art History, Graphic Design History, Principles of Visual Communication and Television Broadcasting.

Benjamin opened an Independent Bookstore in October of 2021. The store was intended to be a space for Benjamin’s Graphic Design and Art studio, where it would have been named Argo Design and Media. At the time, his wife Abigail had just finished her master’s in Creative Writing and had read around 200 books. She asked if they could order more than just art books, so they ordered all types of books. Argo Design and Media became Argo Books where they sell and rent books, conduct online learning and host creative clubs.

Argo Books hosts writers’ groups, anime, film, photo and game design clubs. Benjamin would like to see Argo Books as a community center, where people are welcome to come in and follow their creative passions.


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