We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chase, what inspires you?
I’m most inspired by intention. I love small details that in the grand scheme of things don’t mean much. I love movement and organic details that become intentional details. I feel inspired by repetition and muscle memory in things like design and lettering that require a solid understanding of form and function.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My whole entire world of creativity surrounds letterforms. Like many other sign painters and type designers, I got into letterforms via graffiti growing up. In regards to letterforms themselves, I’m obsessed with forms and the utility behind them. I love that you can break apart the anatomy of letters and examine what makes it a letter that can be read and what makes it a shape. I am interested in exploring that area between legibility and strictly aesthetics. I have been fortunate enough to have a complicated and well-rounded career path that has allowed me to pursue more “niche” corners of the creative world. I’ve also had to make sacrifices along the way to learn and build the connections that I have. In my personal projects, I focus so strongly on small details that center around the true gestural movements of the body or tool being used. I love intention and knowing that someone really spent time and thought on things others might not find so interesting. Little notches, intense curves, things like that. I love the things people usually overlook.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I’d start by taking them to Boulder and exploring the foothills in that area. I’ve only recently moved out to Denver and prior was in Boulder, so I feel pretty comfortable showing all that area has to offer in regards to the outdoors. Gross Resevoir would be on the list of not-so-known spots that I think everyone needs to see. For Denver, first stop for breakfast would be Breakfast King on Sante Fe. It’s basically a 24/7 diner that hasn’t aged in years. When you step in, you know exactly what you’re getting, and I really appreciate that. I would also like to highlight what is in my opinion the best breakfast burrito on the planet down in Louisville, CO. It’s called Locos Hermanos and it’s on McCaslin. I just have never a breakfast burrito that hit quite that way. For lunch, we’ll head over to Ratio Brewery on Larimer for a drink. I personally think Ratio has the best beer in Denver. I also love that they name the beers after old pop punk songs. That hits close to home for me. Maybe once we wrap up we drive down Federal to Taco River for $1 tacos. Hidden gem. For dinner it’s easy. My favorite restaurant I’ve eaten at is Wolf’s Tailor down in North Denver. Great for drinks and atmosphere, and the food speaks for itself. Also, my friend Brendan painted the signage and it’s crispy. I’m so bad with itineraries, I really like to be pretty fluid with plans. I think some other notable spots that have really found a place in my heart are Uncle Ramen, US Thai in Edgewater, Cart Driver, Hops & Pie, Queen City Coffee, and Inga’s Alpine Tavern on Leetsdale. The MCA in Denver is also a beautiful spot that I think needs to be visited at least once. That or head down Broadway and see all the graffiti that is still running. Plenty of large old signage all over the city that serve as a history lesson, as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a shoutout to every person in the lettering, sign painting, type, and design world in general that has taken time to answer any sort of questions. Adam Vicarel has been a huge help and inspiration in typography and design, as well as my sign mentor Brendan of Atlas Signs.
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