Artist Series: Garritt Gilbert

Our next Artist Series feature highlights good friend and talented designer, Garritt Gilbert. His organic hand drawn style has graced everything from skateboards, to watches, to our shelves on some of our favorite two letterpressed cards. Drawing inspiration from the Arizona landscape and the great outdoors, Garritt has a special knack for finding vintage books and illustrations and repurposing them to give them a new life. Looking for a couple of outdoorsy themed cards, we reached out to Garritt and he beautifully drew up the Toad-ally Rock and Wild Thing Love card that have quickly become top sellers in the store. Catch him skating, hanging out with his three dogs, sketching on the iPad, and learn a little more about the illustrator behind the work in our newest Artist Series.

Tell us about yourself and where do you live?

My name is Garritt, and I’m a California native who’s been living here in the Arizona desert for the past 12 years or so. I dabble in freelance typography and illustration based design work. 

How did you get started doing design and what do you like most about it? 

Growing up I was always involved in some sort of art project whether it be in school, or just in my free time. After sustaining a bad knee injury a few years back, I focused a bit more on how I could turning that creative pastime into a source of income. Through some small projects for a few local businesses and friends’ websites I began to develop a style that I was comfortable moving forward with. I think that the aspect I enjoy most about the work I do is being able to create digital graphics and logos that maintain an authentic “hand-drawn” feel about them

How do different creative outlets (surfing, skating, the outdoors, photography, etc.) inspire your design?

I would say that my fascination with the outdoors plays a large role in how my work is influenced. Although, I constantly try do draw inspiration from all creative activities I’m involved in and re-implement it somewhere else. I feel that creativity flows strongest and most naturally for me when I stimulate myself in all areas. Whether it’s skateboarding, motorcycle building, or exploring the desert out here, I think that the more you involve yourself in the easier it is to maintain that productive mindset. 

What would be your dream client or project to work on/for?

That’s a tough one. I’ve put a lot of thought into this over the years, and I don’t have a definitive answer. I’d definitely like to do some work with companies that I have aligned interests in, since those are always the most fulfilling jobs. Some sportsman, camping goods, or art driven skateboarding companies would be rad opportunities for sure. I just want to keep doing gigs with people who are equally as passionate about aesthetic and what it is that they do.

What type of music do you like or listen to?

Music taste for me is ever changing. Depending on what mood I’m in, or what activity I’m engaging in, my musical preferences can fluctuate quite a bit. Whether it’s motown classics, old hip-hop, classical piano, jazz or a new indie band, I like to keep an open mind and go with what suits the present situation. 

Where's the coolest place you've ever traveled?

I’ve traveled the states quite a bit when I was younger and skating heavily. I like different places for different reasons. Every place has its quirks that make it a little different than the next. I have been spending a lot of time in Madison, WI where my father lives , and I could definitely see myself living in a place like that. Old Victorian style brick buildings, beautiful seasons, plenty of nature and places to venture out in. I’m easy to please. Give   me a town with a little bit of culture, away from a huge city, and some fresh air and greenery, and I’m sold.

How can people find you and follow your work?

I’m currently working on a new portfolio and website, but you can find some of my work on Instagram under the @ggtypo handle!