Native Californians, Dana Johnston and Erik Marinovich met in a sculpture class at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. After a few missed opportunities to request dates or have conversations, the couple finally connected just prior to Dana's graduation. A two-and-a-half-year long-distance relationship followed before the couple moved to New York together. A few years later, on the night before Dana's birthday, Erik popped the question. With a wedding in the works back in their home state, the two decided the time was right to move back to San Francisco.
Now, Dana is an art director and Erik is a graphic designer and typographer. Together, they are The Big Animals. Erik is also the cofounder of a blog called Friends of Type.