DDQ&A: Gregg Bernstein

May 12, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

I met Gregg last year while we were judging the Creativity International Awards in Louisville, KY. JJ was about 10 months old and Gregg’s wife was pregnant with their second — so we had lots to talk about on both the designer and the daddy fronts. And a nicer fellow you couldn’t meet…

Q&A with designer dad Gregg Bernstein

Tell me briefly about your design business and what kinds of clients you have.
I specialized in the art direction and design of music packaging and apparel for bands and record companies. I started along that path in 1996, and I worked under the studio name madebygregg. I still take on the occasional packaging project, but I fell into teaching back in 2006 and realized it was my calling.

I taught typography and design at Georgia State University for two years before going off to earn my MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design [SCAD]. I’m now back at GSU teaching type and design again, and I couldn’t be happier.

Ellipse Alphabet, original font design

I somehow made the transition from designing punk and indie albums to examining government forms and legal documents for usability and readability.

My design work: madebygregg.com |  My design usability work: iagreeto.org


DDQ&A: Brandon Peat

March 28, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

A while back a friend shared a link to an out-of-this-world adorable alphabet a designer had illustrated for his impending son. More on those ABC’s in the interview below with brand-spanking-new dad, Brandon Peat…

Q&A with designer dad Brandon Peat

Tell me briefly about your design business and what kinds of clients you have.
I graduated from college in 2007, and was soon hired by a prominent ad agency in Fort Wayne, Indiana as an Art Director. I gradually expanded into the role of Interactive Developer as well, and after two and a half years decided to strike out on my own. That was January 2010, and I’ve been successfully full-time freelance since then – now operating as Brandon Peat Design, LLC.

I specialize in illustrative design and interactive Flash development, though I have experience in every area of design and enjoy being able to bounce between them as the job requires. My main clients are design agencies who lack a full-time web, Flash, or video specialist, but I’m always engaged in a smattering of jobs from individuals as well. I’m always looking for new clients, too!

How long have you been a dad? How many kids? Ages?
I am a new dad! My first son, Tycho Maximus Peat, is about four months old. We definitely plan on having more, but hopefully not for a while yet!


DDQ&A: Michael Schafer

February 2, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

One of the reasons I started Designer Daddy was to meet and network with other designer dads (and moms) — to swap stories, compare notes, and generally support one another in our endeavor to raise aesthetically conscious children in a world of Day-Glo plastic molds. In that vein, I’m debuting a new feature: DDQ&A! From time-to-time I’ll be interviewing other designer dads about how fatherhood has affected their work and creativity, and vice versa.

To kick things off, let’s meet Michael Schafer, the owner of openbox9 (who just also happened to do the programming for this site!)…

Q&A with designer dad Michael Schafer

Tell me briefly about your design business.
Ironic question, as I started openbox9 to attract a baby-maker because ladies love graphically superior daddy types. Secondary to that, I started openbox9 to offer non-profits a design studio that can come along side them in their mission and fundraising efforts by providing strategy, design, marketing and technology. Since 1999 we have delivered a bevy of online solutions as well as the offline types. During those years I have had the privilege of seeing our clients grow and their efforts to improve the world expand.

How long have you been a Daddy? How many kids? Ages?
Five and a half years have I been a proud daddy for two incredibly kind and creative daughters that light up our office with their wit and charm… not to mention the never-ending singing of The Sound of Music song. I wish I knew what I know now and threw away that DVD before it was opened.


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