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Meet Tina Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Brown.

Tina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I originally went to school for photography, I loved being in control of composition and capturing a moment in time. My second year of college, I found myself working more on the computer and less in the darkroom. It was during this time that I realized how much more I could create and incorporate with my photo work. My approach became more about telling a story while working in multiple mediums. After school, I needed to find how I can turn my creativity into a working career. When I moved to Chicago, I took a job hand-lettering and illustrating chalkboards. I use my extra time to strengthen my digital skills, dabbling in illustration, typography, and layout. This is where I discovered where my true passion is.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a long journey of experimenting with different artistic disciplines and styles. From wedding photography, hand-lettered chalkboards, to working with brand identities and creating logos. My obstacle was to select which direction to take, and to not pull myself in so many different directions. This exploration allowed me to refine my work and grow into the artist I am today. I’ve always had an interest in working the research, the creative problem-solving and visual solutions of a project. How type, color, photography, and layout all work hand-in-hand with one another. My journey has given me time to have a deep appreciation for design and use it to create a unique human experience.

Please tell us about Tina Brown Studio.
I am a graphic designer with a desire to create a meaningful design experience. My work spans a wide array of mediums because I believe it’s important to understand the individual needs of each project. I am a lover of typography and dedicated to visually strong layouts. A few areas of focus right now are brand development and print + editorial design.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have explored more topics in school. Maybe add a minor in advertising design, art history, or web design. I would have told myself to just explore more, in general, you never know what you could be missing!

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