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Well hello there. My name is Brandon. I am a freelance graphic designer, operating from Columbus, Ohio. I used to rock the mic, but have been doing design full-time since 2005. I design merch graphics, logos, posters, and anything else I can apply my creativity to. I have a pretty hefty website. I tweet whatever is on my mind. I dribbble what I'm working on. I take snapshots of things I enjoy. I have a love affair with simple typography. I film various whatnots, and I throw them all together. Know what, we should work together. Hit me up.

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    Creative Works Memphis - My Take.

    Creative Works Memphis - My Take.

    The heavy pistons that were pounding in my soul have subsided to a gentle hum. The chaos that has been hindering every thought is now still.

    Clarity.

    My chin comes back up, and I can finally see the path in front of me. That season, whatever it was, is over.

    This past weekend, a humble design conference in Memphis was the first time I found myself truly experiencing Church. While there was no mention of a defined higher power, the conference represented and shed light on every aspect of what we truly believe, and what truly fills our souls.

    Creative Works Memphis was founded and executed by my friend, Josh Horton. His love for Memphis was quite evident, and filled an intimate room full of 200 creatives. Artists eager for inspiration and insight into their diverse creative careers, sat upright in their chairs, extracting every ounce of hope, encouragement, and inspiration from each unique story.

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    There are conferences that people arrive ready to impress and network. Unlike those events, Creative Works was full of artists open to vulnerability. It was a room full of talent, all doing big things, and we just wanted to…

    Exhale.

    Miraculous things happen when artists open up and tell their story. These seemingly well-adjusted and established creatives open their souls wide enough to let the listeners right in. These esteemed professionals let their guard down, and assure their congregation that they have the same pain, the same doubt, and the same insecurities as them.

    Events like this stretch a safety net right under the tightropes that we all walk on a daily basis. We suddenly allow ourselves freedom to take a new path, to push harder, to pull back, to change perspective, and to make leaps without the fear that we once had. Creative Works Memphis made us realize that someone is cheering us along, but also there to catch us if we fall.

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    Work in the creative field long enough, and you’ll soon realize how important it is to connect with a creative community. Work in the field even longer, and you may muster up the courage to foster that community. Josh, with his heart, coupled with his tenacity and attention to detail, managed to wrap his arms around the attendees and speakers of a sold-out event. His undying conviction and love for his city made a mark large enough for the rest of the creative world to take notice.

    Creative Works is one big group hug that the whole creative world needs to get in on.

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    For me, it was a time to tell my own story, and to bear my own soul. I arrived broken, jaded, and exhausted in my own day to day operation. Speaking for thirty minutes was only a to-do item on an event that I attended in hopes of having a good conversation or two.

    I got so much more than what I came for. I was lucky enough to see every speaker, and hear every story. I couldn’t help but to think of all of the ways that I could change and improve upon the approach that I take to my work. With every speaker was a new way that I envisioned stretching my business.

    But then there were the conversations. There’s something that happens when the people who inspire us tell us how inspirational we are to them. Our whole perception of life flips around, and we suddenly allow ourselves to see something new in the mirror. We see someone who is inspirational, capable, and more powerful than we ever realized. Not only did I get pulled up off the ground this past weekend, but this community also dusted me off, straightened my collar, and hoisted me up.

    Thank you, Josh. Thank you, Yellow Shirts. Thank you, Memphis. Thank you, Creative Works. I am fully restored.

    New Work Added

    New Work Added

    If I could update my site on a weekly basis, I would. But, for whatever reason – I can’t. But I can give you a huge update once in a blue moon, and that’s what I managed to do this morning. Just added a ton of new work to the portfolio. To be exact, 129 new pieces spread across 9 new pages. Check it out.

    The new updates include work for Twenty One Pilots, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Nine Inch Nails, Gary Clark Jr, Fall Out Boy, Christina Perri, Pharrell Williams, Paramore, Panic! At The Disco, Rage Against The Machine, Paul McCartney, Neon Trees, Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears, Pearl Jam, Blink-182, Alice In Chains, The Fray, One Republic, Billy Joel, Korn, KISS, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble, and Deftones, and a few others. Whew.

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    Dirty Clique

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    Color Mask

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    Eye Chart

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    Radio Silence

    Photo by David Sherry

    Photo by David Sherry

    I tend to disappear for extended periods of time. At first, it was a trait that wasn’t as glaringly obvious as it has become today, but slowly my friends and colleagues began to recognize that I tend to fall off the face of the earth quite frequently.

    Obviously, I still feel fully present in my own day-to-day, but the idea of “keeping my head down” and grinding through my work feels quite literal. The ability to isolate and churn out unbelievable amounts of work has been the very attribute that has led to my success in my niche of the design world. While I can recognize and sympathize with the benefits of a more extroverted lifestyle, the nature of my work has forced me into an intensely introverted state. People who know me well would never characterize me as an introvert, and it feels like a blatant lie when I describe myself as such. But, the reality of my current operation shows all of the tell-tale signs of a chronic shut-in.

    In the past few days, I’ve found myself emerging from my cave for an uncharacteristic amount of sit-down conversations with friends and fellow creatives. I’ve learned that after I panic through initial dreaded small-talk, I quite comfortably nestle into deep conversation. There’s a part of me that’s so deprived of quality conversation, that I’ll quickly cut the crap, and get straight to the good stuff; The “How are you really doing?” type of questions.

    For the past couple years, my regret in these types of conversations is that I feel like I’m in no condition to have those feel-good dialogues that many expect. When I used to answer “How’s it going?” with a quick but honest “Fantastic!” I have found myself with only the ability to muster up a “Eh, I’m alright, I guess..”

    Part of the reason that I stay isolated is because I don’t want to have to be the Eeyore of a conversation. But, I also don’t want to lie to anyone. So, if I commit to getting coffee, but also want to stay honest, I may not be able to muster up the “Fantastic!” response that I once could.

    The good news is that none of this is permanent. While my work setup breeds isolation, my current life transition is a black cloud that doesn’t look like it will pass in the immediate future, but definitely is not terminal. Not to bore you with details, but my current state is a mix of blessings and inconveniences – some of the most annoying first-world problems that can be thrown at you.

    Basically, we sold our house which we loved, to build a house on a dream property that we love even more. The in-between involves ripping us from our old house and shoving us into an apartment (which we hate) while we wait out the construction process. My life is only about saving up money, and little else. The more I isolate, the more work I get done, the more I can save, and the sooner construction gets underway. That’s life for this 2-year process that I’m currently smack-dab in the middle of.

    I am not here to complain about any of that. Ultimately it is an enormous blessing after a decade of tireless hard work. I’m immensely thankful and grateful.

    My frustration is the areas of my life, work, and personality that I’ve had to sit on the back burner: Inviting friends over for dinner or games, thinking up new business ideas and doing them, starting something new, sitting on a back porch without staring neighbors in the face. I’ve realized that so much of my happiness was attributed to having an environment that was conducive to creativity and new possibility. My big ideas don’t fit so well into this cave.

    So, more than anyone else, I can’t wait for my radio silence to be over. I can’t wait to have the mental clarity and optimism that I once had. I can’t wait to have an environment that will allow me to carry out these ideas that have been bouncing around my head like lottery balls. I can’t wait to come to back life.

    -B

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    Seal

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    Division

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    Groove

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    Boxed

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    Tiger

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    Wolf

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    Stencil Triangle

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    Scales

    Knock Circle

    Knock Circle

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