This month our Member Spotlight shines on Benjamin Brown!
A long time member, Benjamin has served on our Board in 2010 and 2011 and is currently a Creative Partner at Masters Group Design.
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your current job?
I’ve been designing professionally since 2007, starting out as Art Director for an LGBTQ magazine startup in Philadelphia. Currently, I’m a Creative Partner at Masters Group Design, a design & branding studio in Center City Philadelphia. We help socially-minded businesses and organizations tell their stories: mgdphilly.com.
What do you geek out about?
Too much to list! Architecture, contemporary art, nature documentaries, space, film, music, minimalism, sans serifs…loving Post Grotesk right now.
Why design? What inspires you to do the work you do?
I’m a designer because there are so many problems that need solving. Good design brings about clarity and function: whether it’s a website that’s easy to navigate, a poster that resonates, or a museum exhibit that educates and inspires. I’m passionate about working with arts organizations, environmental groups, and LGBTQ advocates — because good design can lead to tangible impact.
Who helped get you here?
Clients. With each project, I learn a little more. I’m indebted to Masters Group Design owner and Creative Director Lisa Weinberger, who taught me — among many other things — the importance of approaching a project by asking the right questions and finding a conceptual way in. My co-worker, Vicki Gray-Wolfe, has been an invaluable collaborator. I also wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support from my partner of 12 years, Don James McLaughlin, who never lets me linger too long on a dead-end idea!
How long have you been an AIGA member? Why did you join?
I first joined in April 2007 and served on the board as INDEX Chair (2010 and 2011), planning and coordinating AIGA Philadelphia’s largest fundraising event — a designer’s resource fair. I’ve also participated in portfolio feedback events for graduating seniors
What do you enjoy most about the Philadelphia Chapter of AIGA?
I try to catch as many design lectures as I can. It’s inspiring to step outside your daily routine and gain new perspectives from fellow professionals who approach the creative process in different ways — and AIGA Philadelphia attracts some of the most influential designers working today.
What gets you through a rough day?
In my head I think, “What makes you happy?” (in the voice of Bernardo Margulis). That would be Radiohead, coconut water, and Muppets — not necessarily in that order.
Oh, and Robert Mueller.