16 Dec Catching Up: Brothers Design Co.
Brothers Design Co. recently caught the attention of Southern Manners via Instagram with a few of their unique designs. Below is a Q & A with Samuel Solorzano, one part of the Brothers Design Co. team. For more information, visit brothersdesignco.com.
We’re two brothers collaborating together to make handcrafted visuals in Nashville, Tenn. One is a self taught photographer, and the other is a colorblind visual artist.
What was your earliest job and how did you get to your current occupation?
My first job in the design world was doing graphic design for a boutique clothing company in Sarasota, Fla. while I was still in art school. I really hated it but I needed the money. I just looked up their website and it seems like they tanked in 2013. I worked shitty jobs before and after that until a few months ago when I decided to start my own company.
What made you choose to open Brothers Design Co. in Middle Tennessee?
I had been in South Florida for almost 10 years and after dropping out of art school after my first year I needed a change of pace. I definitely knew I wasn’t staying in school so I packed the little I owned at the time and drove up to Nashville in 2012. One of my brothers (Juan) was living in Nashville and I had visited a few times and really liked it. He’s a great self taught film photographer and we both shared the same disappointment with the quality of work design companies were creating around town. So we decided to start working together. It really happened kinda random and the company name was birthed shortly after this realization.
Your work varies among stickers, print making, stamps and other creative visuals. What else does Brothers Design Co. produce?
Half of what we do is film photography. We also do hand lettering, album designs, merchandise, illustrations, logos etc. Our slogan is “Handcrafted Visuals”. We always start designs with a pencil and paper and all of our film photos are raw. We try to stay away from computers as much as possible.
What does your typical workday look like?
Everyday is different and that’s exactly how I like it. I live a pretty slow paced life since I work from home. Once I’m out of bed I usually just get ready, make a vegetable and fruit smoothie, take my dog out and then I start working. Every project is different so there are days that I’ll stop working at 5:30 p.m. and other days at 11:00 p.m. with lots of breaks in between.
People should love what they do each day. What is the most fun aspect of your job?
I really enjoy the freedom and the unregimented schedule it provides. I like not having someone breathing down my neck telling me what to do and when to do it. It’s great to be able to have a meeting at a bar and to not have to wear a uniform.
Tell us about your process. How do your ideas and concepts originate?
I like to sketch on randomly cut pieces of paper. The first draft for our company logo was sketched on a napkin during a road trip. I usually spend most of my time thinking about a design in my own head. Sometimes this goes on for days until it hits me out of blue and then I start drawing. Most of the time I do one sketch and that becomes the final piece.