Michael Braley

Clarity, simplicity and impact.

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ON NOT OVER WORKING AN IDEA:

“The hard part is for some people is allowing themselves TO be that simple, and overcomplicate it, not more is better, but to overthink it … sometimes you’re just done, you have it. It might take five minutes or it might take 3 weeks—but just stop when you know you have it.”
— Michael Braley: Creative Director, Designer, Simplifier.

In this episode to talk to Michael Braley graphic designer with over 25 years experience in branding and annual reports and most notably poster design. I catch up with him from Kentucky to discuss the power research, discovery, and sometimes just to know the right time to finish that project.

During our chat I learned a lot more than I knew before. His father, Richard Braley, designed the logo for Behr paint, he aspired to be in the same company as the co-workers at Cahan and Associates, and that even though he has created some visually stunning posters, he values the process of coming up with  them more than the final. (Sound right up our alley)

Thanks Michael for being my first Skype interview, and keep it CSI!

Links, Mentions & resources

Cahan and Associates

Favorite Typefaces

Where else to find Michael:

Ice Breakers

This or That
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Toast or Bagel
Rock or Hip-Hop
Chicago or NY Pizza
Beatles or Rolling Stones
Books or Movies
Helvetica Neue or Akzidenz Grotesk

Word Association
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Creativity: Endless
Design: Process
Art: Mystery
Business: Mystery
Failure: Disappointing
Clients: Part of the job
Mistakes: Part of the job
Tools: Crutches
Skills: Napoleon Dynamite
Opportunity: Take it
Future: Unknown
Risk: Evaulation
Process: Enjoyable

An educator, designer, and a creative catalyst, George is a native New Yorker who started a podcast in 2017, because he didn't like to write. He also wanted a way to learn and chronicle varied ways or making. We hope you enjoy his journey.

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