So honored to be leading off for the brand-new interview series from some of my best friends in the world over at Cotton Bureau called “Freshly Laundered”.
Go read about my interests from fire all the way to German rap music.
Friend and incredibly talented lettering/calligraphy artist and designer Andy Lethbridge did me the great honor of interviewing me as part of his final university project.
Then he went and made this amazing book. You can find links to pics of his brilliant book, our interview, and most importantly, his great work through his Tumblr (http://hand-type.tumblr.com)
And if you somehow aren’t already, follow that man!
Since CB opened our doors a little over a year ago, letterer and designer (and our good friend) Ryan Hamrick has quickly become one of our more prolific designers. In the past twelve months he’s had six different tees for sale on the site, with five of them successfully going to print. We chatted with Ryan briefly last week to get the inside scoop on his new adventure in Austin and what keeps him going while he’s hard at work. Interview after the break.
Below is an interview I conducted with gifted American designer and letterer Ryan Hamrick ( hmrck ). The interview was part of a body of research and content for my final university project; A zine based on the subject of letterforms - ‘Handtype/issue one’. Enjoy, and in the words of Mr Hamrick ”Speak Softly & Hustle Hard”.
Q: For those not familiar with yourself or your work, would you like to tell us a little about yourself?
A: Sure! I’m Ryan Hamrick, and I’m a 30 year-old independent lettering artist and designer based in Pittsburgh, PA. I have a son and daughter, a beautiful wife, two Shiba Inus, and a cat named Vector that all just so happen to live in the extension of my home studio.
Contrary to your probable belief, I am still alive. It’s been a helluva couple weeks. We’ve been here in Austin for over 10 days now, and Texas is hot (yes, I know, everyone’s already told me, “I have no idea”).
The moving truck finally got here a week ago, but only with about half of our stuff—quite a bit of it damaged—and we’re hoping to maybe get the rest of it by this time next week…
I’m still missing half my office (kept my iMac in the truck with me, because I wisely didn’t trust it with them), most of our clothes, all of our TVs and a ton of other stuff, but we have our beds, we have each other, and I finally got Time Warner to get my damn internet working, so if you’re waiting on a response or some work from me, it’s coming.
If you’re in Austin, let’s be friends.
Final vector submitted to Sullen for the tee design they commissioned me for.
Today marks five years since I created my Twitter account. Literally one of the most important things I’ve ever done for my career.
Building a network of not only business connections, but also friends presents so many opportunities for growth and success.