Donovan Brien is an award winning graphic designer and co-founder of typesetting, a web-based documentary series that explores the relationship between designers, their work, and the cities in which they live. It is a travel series with a typography twist; an anthropological exploration into the geography of design. His interest in exploring typography in different cultures came after being inspired by and contributing to in-depth graphic design textbooks such as Megg’s History of Graphic Design. He has been featured in publications such as Print Magazine and Core77, and was a winner at the 2011 AIGA Best of New England show.

Mat Budelman is a Boston-based graphic designer and co-founder of typesetting. The opportunity to shed light on graphic design outside of the mainstream design press first attracted him to the project. In the process he grew his interest and passion for video, music production, and web design. In addition to typesetting, Mat has been involved in projects for The Say Something Poster Project, TEDxCambridge, and Harvard University. He is the incoming President of AIGA Boston but still found time to make a coast-to-coast motorcycle tour of the USA—from San Diego to Boston.

Translating Inspiration. We live in a digitally connected society. At any point in time, we can visit a design inspiration website and see almost any artist’s work from any region of the world. We can see a beautiful poster from Japan or an amazing piece of packaging from Brazil. But what gets lost in the translation? At this CreativeMornings event, the founders of typesetting will discuss the making of their design-themed travel documentary series, the challenges faced, and the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone to discover inspiration.

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