I am beyond excited to have Susan Brinson on today’s Inspired By series. Susan and I go way back – I actually used to be her intern back in college during a summer internship in NYC! Since then we’ve remained email buddies and I have fell in love with her blog, House of Brinson. Susan and her husband are both super talented; between their skills in styling, photography and graphic design, their blog is hard to stay away from!
What inspired you to become a graphic designer/stylist/blogger? I have always loved design and art since I was in high school, so graphic design was very natural to me. After I was in the design industry for many years in NYC, I became more interested in design management and branding. I supplemented my need for hands on creativity by working on the blog with my husband, William. I am at a stage in my creative career where I don’t like labels to limit my creativity. With the blog, I can design it, be a stylist, a creative director, or style the food.
What do you do to continue to challenge yourself as a creative person? This might sounds critical but I always think things ‘could have’ been better. Not in a regretful way, but I am always ready to push a concept or idea to the next level and see what kinds of improvements we could have made. I’m also a ‘what if’ person. We might be shooting something for the blog and we’ll shoot in an additive manner, meaning we get a good shot and we keep saying ‘what if’ we did this or that. At the end we pick the best shot and often times the ‘what if’ shot is the winner.
What are you inspired by on a daily basis?
My husband / I love having a deep creative conversation, specifically creative strategy. I can talk William’s ear off and he still listens.
My dog Nero / I am 100% aware of the dorkiness that is attached to this statement. Nero challenges my everyday convention and has taught me how to chill out about the small stuff.
Food / I’m always baking or canning. I used to love crafting as a kid, and this is my new way of making something to share.
Light / I’m so inspired by the very bright or very moody light. I like the contrast and effect it can have on aesthetics.
Collecting / I’m driven by the hunt of finding new things and the hunter and gatherer in me goes wild.
All photos taken by William Brinson