About

We want you to keep your memories close.

Everyone has a story. It’s what makes you you. Why not tell it visually? Maybe you’re madly in love with the town you grew up in. Or you got engaged at a kooky location. Perhaps you’ve lived in 26 different states. Whatever makes you special, show it off with our clean, unmistakable, State Icon illustrations of U.S. landmarks.

Displayed in your home or office, these mini framed prints of local memorials, buildings, and statues, will remind you of the places that are special to you. 

We’re touched by your stories.

Our founder and CEO, Christy Johnson, began working as a freelance graphic designer and artist in 2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over time, she created little digital illustrations that she named State Icons. These graphic depictions shine a spotlight on structures from all over the nation that are historic, quirky, and everything in between. Whether recognized around the world or known only by locals, she understands the attachments you have to these landmarks and the memories they spark.

When you set misty eyes on a particular drawing or share the connections you have to a particular piece, Christy is reminded that this work is what she's supposed to be doing.

 

United Goods founder Christy Johnson and her dad Jeff who makes her frames

Here's Christy on a good hair day, and Jeff, toolin’ around in his shop (a.k.a. his garage).

We're proud to be unique, high-quality, and handmade. 

Christy draws her State Icons with a mouse (yes, a mouse) on her computer, and prints them in her studio with archival-quality paper and inks. She finishes the giclées in black, beveled-edge, wood frames that she somehow convinced her dad Jeff to make. Her mom Kathy got in on the fun, too: she sands and hand-paints them.

From the beginning, it's been important to Christy to use materials that are made in the U.S., so everything is, unless noted on our product pages. 

What do you wanna see in a wee frame? Tell us your idea for the next State Icon.