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Interviews — 4 months ago

Beyond The Digital Realm with Brodie Kaman

Since he first embarked on making flyers and posters for local bands, Perth-born, Berlin-based freelance graphic designer Brodie Kaman has been cultivating a distinct style; heavily distressed, experimental graphics contrasted with fine details and fleshed-out concepts that present a layered visual feast for the observer.

 

His footprint can be found tracing a path through the output of the key players in fashion and music, while his own graphic T-shirt designs are sporadically popping-up to the pleasure of his growing cult following.

 

We caught up with Brodie to find out what makes him tick.

 

Brodie Kaman’s ‘Nocturnal Wound’ is available for 24 hours only. Shop here.

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Brodie Kaman photographed by Sam Desouza

To get started, can you tell our community a bit about yourself?

I’m a freelance graphic designer living in Berlin, originally from Australia. I try and stay relatively healthy, keep on top of my laundry and occasionally go dancing.

Trial and error, making mistakes and learning from them

Brodie Kaman photographed by Sam Desouza
Brodie Kaman photographed by Sam Desouza

How did you first start to define and refine your style?

Trial and error, making mistakes and learning from them, these things have helped to keep things moving forward. I try to change things up project to project and experiment, growth is important.

Original artwork by Brodie Kaman
Original artwork by Brodie Kaman

It looks like you’ve forged an almost symbiotic relationship with graphic design, music and merch.

A good chunk of my clients are record labels, artists and promoters. I’ve been lucky to work with some very talented people over the last few years who have been open and supportive of where I’m going to take their project.

I get much more satisfaction working on things that materialise physically.

Original artwork by Brodie Kaman
Original artwork by Brodie Kaman

How do you approach designing for a physical medium as opposed to digital?

I get much more satisfaction working on things that materialise physically. Being able to visualise something tangible from the screen is something I learned along the way and is an important tool for creating things beyond the digital realm.

'Nocturnal Wound' by Brodie Kaman
‘Nocturnal Wound’ by Brodie Kaman

Do you think it’s important to connect your digital work to a physical output?

The majority of my design work is executed digitally, so after spending all that time hunched over a screen it’s nice to see it come to life.

Super Foreign T-shirt by Brodie Kaman
Super Foreign T-shirt by Brodie Kaman

What was the idea behind your zine?

Intense experiences, they can be a great source of inspiration haha.

Shocking Wreck zine by Brodie Kaman
Shocking Wreck zine by Brodie Kaman

Where do you turn when you need a hit of inspiration?

I’m obsessed with books, I have a healthy mix of printed matter that I turn to when necessary. Reading fiction and poetry can spark ideas too, words are powerful.

Original artwork by Brodie Kaman
Original artwork by Brodie Kaman

Any plans, hopes or dreams for 2019 and beyond?

Nothing specific, right now I’m in to taking on projects that I enjoy and not tripping on the future too much. I’ve started making music again with some friends, excited to see what happens.

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