Brianna Graves is a designer in our Branding & Graphics studio who notes that her path into design was a rather direct one. She grew up in a family of makers. Her aunt is a painter who traveled around Greece seeking inspiration for her plates and bowls. Her grandmother made sure that paintbrushes, hammers, and glue guns were never out of reach throughout Brianna’s childhood. And her mother still spends time every day in her studio.
At Page, Brianna has collaborated across our market sectors, working on project such as The University of Texas at Austin Athletics, Ruby Hotel, San Antonio Museum of Art, Pease Park and 1155 Barton Springs.
“Collaboration is definitely my favorite part of design,” says Brianna. “The stronger the connection you make with the people you work with, the better the work. Each project is the culmination of everyone’s unique viewpoints and experiences all working towards the best solution.”
She notes that the Ruby Hotel has been a particularly fun project for her. A boutique hotel set in Brushy Creek Round Rock, the project name derives from an old letter found on the site. The letter was addressed to Ruby and Brianna along with the Branding & Graphics team developed the the brand around a story they created for Ruby’s life.
“For the Ruby Hotel, we drew inspiration from the 50s and 60s,” explains Brianna, “which means a lot of mid-century modern inspired pattern making, signage exploring and type hunting. Seeing this story and brand grow throughout the year and come to fruition has been an absolute treat.”
Outside of the office, Brianna is busy. A project she developed with friends will be included in the 2018 Waller Creek Show, a public art exhibition held each fall in Austin whose artist are selected by a juried competition. She enjoys volunteering at the Austin Zoo or Pease Park’s volunteer days. She notes that when it comes to hobbies, she has tried many.
“I’ve crocheted, worked with needlepoint, pottery, photography, origami, until I finally found it,” she says. “Now I dedicate Sundays to painting little 4”x4” tiles and firing them at a neighbor’s kiln. I hope to make enough for my own kitchen backsplash one day.” When she is not painting, she heads for the mountain bike trails.
Her favorite quote captures her sense of adventure: “Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing.” —Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter
Brianna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.