Good Fucking Design Advice
In September of 2010 Brian and Jason launched Good Fucking Design Advice on a whim.
There were no plans of posters or coffee mugs, no promises of speaking engagements or book deals, no chance collaborations with our design heroes or other amazing people half-a-world away. It was simple really, they just had this idea that made them laugh, it took them away from the agonizing workload of graduate school and client work, and rather than shelve it like many other ideas before, they took a risk and decided to run with it.
The outcry of support was humbling, and before they could get our feet under them, they were in business selling shirts and prints. Time disappeared quickly and it wasn’t long before they were facing their fears standing in front of crowds of people telling their story and airing the dirty laundry of all their failures and fuck ups.
Now they’re on a mission to give back. They want to stir the courage that exists in everyone. They want their fans and followers to look deep inside themselves to discover their passions and then bravely put one foot in front of the other to follow their own unknown path. They want them to reject mediocrity and comfort and actively make use of their gifts and not simply their capabilities.
They’re initiating new members into their community every day. What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? They’re going there too, and you’re coming with them. Pack your fucking bags.
Whenever there’s a storm in Brian Buirge’s general vicinity, he is the quiet calm at its center. Brian is the fulcrum, he is the laughing buddha, he is the friendly voice reminding you to breathe. His expertise in martial arts lends him patience, and focus, and his advanced education in design helps him never cease to be curious about the world around him. Brian’s greatest talent is keeping his balance. Anyone who loves equally making sushi, setting type, and getting punched in the face by close friends, really has to be comfortable with himself. His placid surface and flowing depth are what make Brian Buirge a successful designer. He doesn’t force, coax, or coerce; he wills a thing to happen. Oh, and if you enjoy chicken wings and bad kung fu films, you may just have a new best friend.
Jason Bacher is a vehicle for hard work. He goes 100 miles an hour and runs on his own special blend of high octane motivation. His destination: Get-shit-done Avenue. When he was ten years old he was carrying buckets of paint around his family’s business, at sixteen he rodded out a 1984 Pontiac Fiero, at twenty-five he co-founded GFDA in his basement while in grad school. Whether it’s grilled cheese sandwiches or mid-century industrial ephemera, he has a penchant for the spartan. His personal tastes and professional work lay in intelligent, highly functional design. Jason Bacher is a man possessed by a rare tenacity, and there’s nothing he enjoys more than savoring the fruits of his labor. (Whatever you do, though, never get between him and a jar of hot giardiniera.)