Take Ten with Braulio Amado

We took a break with Braulio Amado — Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and mastermind behind our OV Merch artwork — to talk design and Doing Things.

Crystal wears the Logo Longsleeve Tee in Cloud and the Dipped Warmup Legging in Ash & Dove

1. How do you describe what you do?

I spend too many hours looking at a computer screen while my right-hand moves around a weird ink-less pen.

2. What is the concept behind BAD Studio?

My name is a bit weird, so I decided to make everyone’s life easier and go by BAD Studio, which means B-ráulio A-mado D-esign Studio.

3. First thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I read the news and consider going back to bed.

4. What’s your favorite piece of work you’ve created?

My friend asked me to design a skateboard for him. I did a bunch of designs and he picked the dumbest one.

5. What do you look for in a collaboration?

Someone that likes what I do and me liking what they do. There’s no point in collaborating with someone/something you don’t care about.

6. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

Such a hard question to answer! I’m listening to DEVO as I reply to these questions and I wish I was as cool as them.

7. Name your dream collaboration.

Waiting for David Byrne to let me design a cover for him.

8. How does movement play into your work?

I always try my best to make everything look energetic. Most of my work happens while I’m sitting in a chair, so creating some movement on screen/paper is a good way to trick my body and brain.

9. Do you have a recreational routine?

I bike everyday.

10. What’s your best tip for Doing Things?

Stop complaining and go do something.

11. What’s your favorite meme?

Not really a meme, but I have this gif always ready to send:

12. Rank your top ten emojis of all time.


13. Any words to live by?

I do have the words “Start Today” tattooed on my arm, mostly because it’s a Gorilla Biscuits record, but, also, words to live by.

“Stop complaining and go do something.”

14. Rank your top ten typefaces of all time.

  • Helvetica Regular
  • Helvetica Bold
  • Helvetica Black
  • Helvetica Light
  • Helvetica Light Oblique
  • Helvetica Oblique
  • Helvetica Black Oblique
  • Helvetica Condensed
  • Helvetica Condensed Bold
  • Helvetica Condensed Oblique
  • 15. Could you make a quick drawing for us?

    No, sorry, I still can’t believe you said “no” to this corgi I drew

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