Although his family has a rich history in the newspaper business, Brian Steely elected to pursue a career on the visual side of communications as a founding member of our creative team. He joined our firm in 1997 and has become a prolific graphic designer in virtually every medium, winning an ADDY Award in 2011.
Brian’s work was selected for the LogoLounge Master Library book series, which serves as a resource for international design professionals. CMYK design magazine has featured his work as well. If you are a fan of the bands Widespread Panic, Vetiver or Dawes, then you likely have seen Brian’s freehand illustrations on concert posters in national circulation.
A native Atlantan, Brian graduated from Pace Academy. He studied English and Philosophy at Presbyterian College, where he wrote for The Blue Stocking, the student newspaper, and Figs and Thistles, the college’s literary magazine. He went on to attend The Portfolio Center, where his work won the school’s “Best of Show” award during his second quarter.
Inspired by all types of design, when Brian’s not on the computer creating the next great logo, he’s often in his basement working with his 1893 Kelsey-Victor letterpress, cranking out designs the old fashioned way. His most recent passion is creating hand-drawn type.
Brian and his wife Sarah live in East Atlanta with their two children, Stella and Dylan. They like to spend their weekends at the lake with their two dogs, Gideon and Lucinda, whose names are in tribute to Brian’s passion for folk, bluegrass, and rock music. In his free time he likes to work on his photography skills and coaches basketball at his church. He likes to unwind by putting an old vinyl record on the turntable and sketching out the next concert poster.