Brian is a great example of our JS mantra to “look for the better way.” The cult-following he attracted by working after-hours on his signature monoline style led us to partner with him on Steely Works, a studio-within-our studio.
His art is a marriage of simplicity and intricacy that he says eliminates the unnecessary so that the necessary can speak loud and clear. His first big break came after he sent an unsolicited poster design to the band, Widespread Panic. They loved it, and soon after, Phish, Mumford & Sons, the Dave Matthews Band and My Morning Jacket were lining up for their turn at the drafting table. Brian’s whimsical creations can also be spotted on buildings, beverage containers, sports gear and other items around the globe, thanks to his ever-expanding Instagram and Pinterest fan base.
Interestingly, Brian started his JS career on the PR side after completing his studies in English and Philosophy at Presbyterian College in S.C. He quickly discovered that the visual side of communicating was more his jam, and put himself through night school at Atlanta’s Portfolio Center, winning “Best of Show” during his second quarter. He’s gone on to earn many professional awards, including six Addys in 2018 and consistent recognition in LogoLounge, an inspirational reference book for commercial artists. More recently, he’s been guest lecturing about his work and process, further fueling his appreciative fan base.
Brian’s inspiration often comes from nature and music, both of which are plentiful during his weekends at the lake alongside wife, Sarah, and their children, Stella and Dylan. He’s got family ties to Kentucky, which means he’s also a die-hard basketball fan who spends his volunteer hours coaching the youth team at his church.