Will Bryant

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Will Bryant is a designer who excels at following design trends. His use of triangles is both ironic and non-ironic. He also has an illustration style that is very reminiscent of a lot of other illustrators working today. Overall, Mr. Bryant is fantastic at creating work following the lead of a select few trendsetters.


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  • Micah

    Greg,

    It seems this is a counter-productive blog written without any research on your part. The movement of using shape, color and texture is nothing new. I must think that you are referring to several more “mainstream” popular designers that maybe have become more successful than lesser known designers. That in no way means that Mr. Bryant is following the coat tails of them and just being trendy.

    In fact every design movement is influenced by other movements, that I would assume you, who has the authority to write a blog about illustrators and design would understand. Obviously not. For instance the work of Rob Dunlavey has been around for quite sometime and also seems to mirror some of your designers/illustrators work that I am sure you thought began this revolution.

    links
    http://www.robd.com/pages/portfolios/other/news.html
    http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-rob-dunlavey

    Surely you aren’t so naive to assume that people across the globe can’t be drawn to the same shapes, textures and colors that your “unmentionable designers” like as well? Maybe next time you write an entry you can focus on some positive things and make sure that what you are putting out doesn’t sound so trite. Also, a link to Mr. Bryants site would’ve been nice where we could view his entire portfolio before making the same judgment as yourself.

    For everyone who is interested:

    http://www.will-bryant.com/

  • http://longliveanalog.com Chad Kouri

    At first look Will’s stuff is very similar to a handful of other artists out there but if you take time to look a little deeper you will find some really great humor and a much cleaner execution than most. Also he has to be one of the nicest radest dudes on the planet which makes a big difference in the crazy world of internet persona.

  • http://www.pitchdesignunion.com margot harrington

    Does one always know who is following another’s design trends? Maybe it’s impossible to tell really, not sure it matters in the long run. All I know is Will does fantastic work and just might be the nicest dude on the whole of the internet. He’s got some great projects out there, so keep you’re eyes peeled. We haven’t heard the last of that little monkey!

  • http://french-blast.com/ French Blast

    I like his style!! Really great work!

  • http://durtydurham.com Chris M

    Why did you even go so far as to tag him as trendy? This blog post doesn’t say much about his work at all. Are you angry at him?

  • MJSG

    I have to say, you definitely wrote a description that made me skip right over this guy. And you picked what i see as his most yawn-worthy work to feature. It’s a serious dis-service to Mr. Bryant, who is pretty clever and talented (I say this after an inspection of his website). Thanks to Micah, and the rest of the comments here for encouraging me to take a second look and give this guy another chance… B/D I love you, but you’re here to inspire and to encourage fresh artists, not to pan them or put them down, right?

  • http://www.gregruben.com Greg

    Apologies for not linking to Mr. Bryant’s site. That was an honest mistake and not a purposeful exclusion. Thanks for your valuable comments, and it’s nice to see that people are actually reading what we write here. I think my handling of Mr. Bryant was a little callous, and I would like to apologize for that as well.

    My explanation is that I spend a lot of time researching what’s current in art and design and cannot help but observing certain visual trends, which my natural tendency is to rebel against. And while it’s really impossible to tell what comes first, I assumed that because I noticed Will’s work so late after everyone else’s he was a trend-follower. I realize now after reading these comments that probably isn’t a fair assumption. I’ll make sure to keep my research more on point in the future.

    Thanks,
    Greg

  • http://www.matthewthehorse.co.uk John Thomas

    What is the internet doing to design education and the development of talented artists by popularizing design as a commodity of cool?

    Design students are making work that is derivative of graduates, who in turn are making work derived from young designers who are still not properly established commercially or artistically. Because it’s so easy to find this work. Just go anywhere that’s trendy- the high street, clubs, TV, music, this blog, whatevers. It’s everywhere, but rarely brilliant.

    It’s great people are making work and putting on shows. I’m trying myself to develop a practice and am painfully aware that I’ve done the same as Will on occasions- it’s not laziness, just over exposure to other inspiring work. We aren’t nurturing a sustainable industry, because the standard is being effected by the culture. Individuals are loosing a sense of their own voice as a result of trying to sound like their hero’s.

    You can’t expect to grow up strong, eating your own shit.

  • http://www.migreyes.com Mig Reyes

    If by “following trends” you mean Will Bryant is an example of an illustrative badass who commands a crowd and shrouds the internet with glory by his online presence alone, then I’d say you’re right. Regardless, you’d be hard-pressed to find Will -not- working and collaborating with other talented people from all over the world.

    Yes, he might have a certain visual aesthetic to his work. But it’s one I find rather addictive and well executed.

    If anything, this boy puts out. Last I checked, people like people that put out.

  • Eric

    You want to talk about trendy, look at this website… It looks like a hipster threwup a half case of PBR onto the Urban Outfitters website… you got your horizontal black lines, italicized serifed fonts, throwback pixelated styleings, rainbow color scheme… gack. Give me abreak.

  • http://www.robd.com Rob Dunlavey

    I’m kind of late to the party here but a search showed me that my name was mentioned in this comment thread. I like Beautiful Decay. I like Greg; he writes a lot and sees a lot of work and is trying his best to be fair to artists and readers. Perhaps, reading between the lines a little, I share some of his take on Will Bryant’s style perhaps not being cutting edge. But cutting edge is a rare place to be. Or perhaps worse, a rare place to find yourself.
    Illustration is a funny business that gets close to the edge but to be successful, it helps to veer away from the edge and consistently solve illustration-related problems. Clients generally appreciate that.
    The bigger issue that we’re possibly getting sidetracked by is that of influence, style and attribution. Illustration is full of people who simply copy and provide a service to the various industries that consume illustration. All of us stand on the shoulders of giants however and we all pass through phases of being very influenced by the trend setters and pioneers. Art is a hard profession no matter which flavor you practice. The best practitioners, in the long or short run, eventually succeed at making original contributions in some way or another. A good analogy may be Pop music: there are those that originate the style and then there are legions who mine the style and enlarge its true potential. Some of those people go on to make truly significant contributions to the culture.