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A Chat with Rob Brink

Continuing on from the interview with Winston Scully, here is a chat with Rob Brink, another classy typographer showing off his skills on Instagram. 

Tell us a little about you and your work

My name is Rob Brink and I'm a 22 year old graphic designer and screen printer based out of southern Wisconsin. I currently attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where I am finishing up my final semester in Graphic Design and minor in Web Design. I love being outside, either camping, exploring, or canoeing. I have a kitten named Pixel. I drink a ton of coffee, and am just an overall fun guy.

My work consists of screen printing, hand lettering, branding, and some web design and letterpress. A lot of my own work is made by hand first then usually bring it into Photoshop and Illustrator to finish the piece. Right now I work in the graphic design office at my university and I do freelance on the side. Freelance was a great way for me to connect with other designers and really start putting my work out there for people to see. I mostly do screen printing for various designers, but also do some branding for small clients as well.

How did you get into design?

I have always enjoyed art since I was a little kid. I would always be drawing something or making something whenever I got the chance. It wasn't until my senior year of high school when I was first introduced to design by my high school art teacher. It was a brand new class that she started and she taught me how to use Photoshop and Illustrator and after that I feel in love with it and every chance I got I would be in those programs messing around trying new things and just making whatever came to mind. I also took a hand drafting class and CAD drafting class in high school too where I drew houses and floor plans and really enjoyed that. I never really thought of design as a career, so when I went to college I started off studying engineering and wanted to become an architect. I hated all the math classes I had to take and found myself spending more time doing design tutorials in Illustrator than doing my homework. So, after a semester I decided to change to studying Graphic Design and have been doing that ever since. One of the best decisions I've made.

From what we can see online, you have a specific style. How would you describe it?

I would say my style would be handmade vintage typography, but also some of it is minimal and clean. I kinda have combination of the two and I think it fits my work well. 

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What is your favourite medium?

My favorite medium to use would have to be screen printing. There's something about the whole process that I find very interesting. The fact that I can take one of my digital designs and print it myself is great. I love the feel and look you get from screen printing as well, each pull is just a little bit different from the last and there are so many different results you can get from it. I love just printing over top of old artist proofs and reusing them to create some thing new from it.

Where can people find your work?

Right now the main place for people to find my work would be on my Instagram (@rob_brink), I post all my work to there first. Im currently working on designing and coding my own portfolio website and am hoping to launch that within the year. I also sell hand made textures I've made on Creativemarket.com and Gumroad.com. The textures are photoshop files that are print-ready and great for just throwing on top of a design to give it a handmade look. Once I get my portfolio site up I plan on selling some of my designs as screen printed posters, so keep an eye out for those as well.

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For the mean time, what are you doing now?

Recently I started a cool project called 365 Project, which everyday for the next year I will make a piece by hand and post it to Instagram. I got the idea from my friend and fellow designer, Scott Beirsack, who just finished his 365 Project a few weeks ago. Im really looking forward to this project and seeing how I grow as an artist and designer from it. It's going to be a long and hard project and a huge commitment, but definitely going to be worth it when I finish.

Are there any creatives that inspire you? Or what else inspires you and your work?

There are tons of creatives that inspire me and the list goes on and on. One of my best friends, Tom Lapage, who is a graphic and web design has been a huge help from the start and I always turn to him for advice and share my work with him. Others include a close group of designers that I'm apart of on Instagram Tyler Thorney, Scott Beirsack, Scott Martin, Joshua Phillips, and Winston Scully. These guys are all amazing creatives and you definitely should check out their work. A few others would be Zachary Smith, Joshua Minnich, Kyle Steed, Jay Fletcher, David Smith, and Benny Gold.

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