Back in September of 2010, with a lack of discretion, a bit too much coffee, and some consternation with teaching—GFDA was launched as a joke on a whim. Within six weeks, then graduate students, Brian Buirge and Jason Bacher, were plunged headfirst into business selling prints, shirts, and coffee mugs from the basement of their rental property in Northeast Ohio.
Over the last seven years, GFDA has become established as a powerhouse in the international creative and entrepreneurial community. The GFDA story is overflowing with embarrassing failures and stupid mistakes, which they view—not as road blocks—but as sign posts on their way toward inevitable success. Holding to the perspective that they either win or learn, they believe wholeheartedly that experience only comes the moment after you need it.
In this lecture, GFDA looks to address the barriers that wedge themselves between ideas and execution. They take great pride in using their experiences as unlikely entrepreneurs to champion creative courage, risk-taking, and rule-breaking.
Co-founder, Designer, Head Janitor / GFDA
Brian Buirge is the Co-founder of Good Fucking Design Advice. He is an international speaker and consultant for brands looking to embrace a culture and mind-set of risk-taking and innovation.
Brian's work has been featured and mentioned in Businessweek, Fast Company, Rolling Stone, Slate, Print Magazine and other national publications both in print and online. His GFDA Classic Advice poster co-created with Jason Bacher adorns the homes and offices of folks like: Jony Ive, Vera Wang, Marc Newson, Genevieve Gorder, Cheryl Strayed, James Victore, Kacey Musgraves, Jessica Hische, and Ashton Kutcher.
Brian has shared the stage with bestselling authors such as Richie Norton, author of "The Power of Starting Something Stupid," and Forbes 30 Under 30 artist Ivan Cash.
Brian received his MFA from the School of Visual Communication Design, Kent State University.