It all started in art class. Charles and Talamieka developed a friendly rivalry, always trying to best each other. “Besting” led to becoming best friends; love followed, then marriage. The award-winning duo worked separately at first; she in the graphic design field, he as a member of the honor guard, paratrooper, and photojournalist with the U.S. Army. When Charles returned from Afghanistan, they decided to combine their creative forces, and Brice Media was born. The two built up clientele and won awards for their work before Charles completed his military career. When Charles earned an honorable discharge, the couple officially launched their new life with an art show titled Combat Boots & High Heels, detailing Charles’s deployment from both his and Talamieka’s perspectives. The Combat Boots & High Heels book is underway. Brice Media approaches every client project with passion, from designing hubcaps for the US Wheelchair Fencing Team, to calendars for the Mississippi Firefighters Burn Association, to ongoing work for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Women's Fund of Mississippi. In 2012, the Brices were featured in BOOM magazine as one of Jackson, Mississippi's power couples; their work was also recently showcased in Smashing magazine.
Where were you born and where do you live now? How does that affect your design sensibility?
In Mississippi, and even though we’ve traveled extensively we still live here. Mississippi is complex, it has a warmth and grittiness to it bigger than the black and white usually associated with the state. Subconsciously these elements have become part of our designs, complete with bold colors and texture.
Who would you say is the most influential graphic designer of the past 50 years? How have they influenced your design?
Being graduates of an HBCU (Historically Black College & University), as well as fine artists, we always wanted to combine strong typography and artistry with an urban flair. Fatoe has mastered the combination and was a strong influence on our early designs, as well as John Jennings, Associate Professor of Visual Studies, University of Buffalo, New York.
What is your greatest strength and weakness as a designer or design manager?
Perfection has been our nemesis. The combination of understanding the human element and the stories behind the brands we’ve created have been our strength.
Red + Blue = Purple
Tetris, it’s the ultimate example of
visual problem solving
Favorite TV Show?
The Walking Dead
Taming Your Gremlin & Outwitting the Devil
Kill Bill, Volumes 1&2, Shawshank Redemption, Hero & The Color Purple
Favorite Musicians or Bands?
That Scoundrel, 5th Child, The Furrows, Gorrilaz, 7even:thirty, Queen, Jay Z, The Cave Singers
Favorite Fine Artist?
Naruto, Smashing Magazine,
The Gnome Workshop, Deviant Art
Talent You Wished You Possessed?
Mantra or Saying You Live By?
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Shakespeare Sonnet XVIII