Brown and Blue (formerly Brown Graphic Design) was founded by graphic designer James K Brown III in 2008. Our specialty lies in logo design and branding materials for businesses or organizations of all sizes. We have decades of experience in handling newsprint and magazines as well as offset and digital printing methods for marketing collateral. We have the ability to produce or source products like business cards, brochures, presentation folders, flyers, posters, trade show displays and miscellaneous promotional items. We also provide digital services for social media and web design, or other media as needed.
"I've been a graphic designer before I even knew what one was. Early in elementary school, I began drawing comics and providing layout for classroom publications, and ultimately joined the yearbook club in high school. Shortly after graduating from college in Arizona, I returned to my hometown of Soldotna, AK where I obtained my first full-time design job in the composition and paste-up department at the local news paper, the Peninsula Clarion, in Kenai, AK, 2002. After a few years of working simultaneous full and part-time design jobs, I finally founded my first official freelance identity, Brown Graphic Design, in 2008. In the early years, my freelance career played second fiddle to my varied gigs up until 2012 when I took a job with an agency in Anchorage (during which time I only maintained a small amount of preexisting clients). 2018 brought new opportunities and therefore a new name: Brown and Blue."
In order to leave room for future growth—and satisfy a yearning for abstract Alaskan symbolization—James coined the name Brown and Blue for this updated venture. The inspiration came mostly from a general admiration of husky breeds and a fairly common distinction they share—heterochromia—different colored eyes which are typically Brown and Blue. Abstractly speaking—again—this also represents our ability to view things through different lenses.