Welcome to the Geek Shirts HQ Designer Unlocked Interview Series where we put the best independent designers under the spotlight.
This week's designer is someone is lives not too far from me in a neighbouring city with the UK. I first came across Gordon B Designs through his cool Anchorman design, as I am a massive fan of the movie!.His designs are cool and with his own spin on pop culture, making him a designer that I think is original in an over crowded field of t shirt brands and designers.
This Week Geek Shirts HQ Welcomes Gordon B Design
I heard when Gordon is not designing (if that is his real name) he works for the British Secret Service. He is basically battling KGB agents by day and designing by night. Has anyone not told him the cold war has been over for twenty years and there is no Soviet Union.To relax, he can be seen playing with his bionic cat (yes I did say bionic!) and playing up to his alter ego as Gordon Brebner, the geek!I cannot confirm or deny this, but I have heard that Gordon has a unique way of starting his designs. He uses Play Doe and tries out his designs in 3D.
Welcome to the secret world of "Gordon B Designs".
Can you start by giving some background about yourself? Where you are from? What is your background? How did you get into design?
Hello! My name is Gordon Brebner, I’m 26 years old and from the Midlands, UK.
I am currently a freelance graphic designer. I have always been into art in one form or another and studied it at college but had to get a job so never moved it higher. A friend once told me about Photoshop and since then it’s been my main artistic medium.
"Your Pikachu is fully charged, please remove usb safely".
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
I find inspiration from everything around me as corny as that sounds. I’m constantly looking for inspiration and I always try and look at things differently. Oddly it was an interest in graffiti that made me enjoy working with letters in different way. Such great graffiti writers like Astek, who take a letter and change it in such an amazing way.
When you create a new t shirt design, what is sort of process do you follow?
Firstly I’ll think about the idea in my head to make sure it’s ok, then I run the idea past a few people (friends/my Fiancée) and see what they think of the general idea. Then I get straight in with an outline, then add detail. I know a lot of people who sketch it out first on paper and that is something I think I may start doing.
Looking at your own portfolio what is your favourite design and why?
I would have to say my ‘Anchorman Big deal” design as that was my very first sale on a t-shirt which was incredibly exciting when it happened.
"I’m kind of a big deal” – Ron Burgundy quote but done in the style of the Obama Hope poster. I made this as I love Anchorman.
This design will help you ‘stay classy’ and show your dedication to the Jazz fluting legend that is Ron Burgundy."
What current projects are you working on now? And can we get an exclusive peek?
See the screenshot I have sent you
And here is the finished design
"Mashup of Kill em all by a famous metal band, and the lovely creatures known as Pokemon."
Who are your favourite designers?
I like so many designers/artists who all have different backgrounds.
In terms of t-shirt designs it has to be all the varied artists in the RBC group on Facebook. I loved looking at all their designs, which dominate the t-shirt world and then they were kind enough to acknowledge me and give me advice when I need it.
Do you try to convey any message in your designs?
Personally I don’t other than I would like to make people smile with my designs. I love art/design that gets right to the point.
Star Wars or Star Trek? Which do you prefer?
I grew up with Star Trek on the television therefore I am going to be brave and going with that, but both are fantastic (no hate mail please lol).
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to make a living out of graphic design, so that’s what I’m aiming for. Also married and have children with my lovely lady.
"Do you like going into Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace"
What other interests and hobbies do you have when you’re not designing?
Generally mostly geeky things, watching movies, reading graffiti books and magazines and annoying my cat.
What advice would you give a budding designer?
I would still see myself as a budding designer, but I would say if you have an idea just go for it as most art is subjective and if one person doesn’t like it, there will be another who does.
"Time for some Eggy weggs my brothers? Well show your love for Clockwork Orange with this tshirt my Redbubble Droogs".
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
Stephen Wildish, Synaptees, Buzatron designs, ‘In stank we trust’ and all the artists at RBC for all their knowledge. Thank you to all the people who have bought my designs, it means so much to me.
Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you
One last question, when you going to design a Firefly shirt as I am a massive fan?
I love all things space related so I will look into doing one eventually
Thank you for interviewing me.
Thank you Gordon a really cool interview and don't forget to check out some of Gordon's designs, over at his Redbubble Store.