Brock Davis is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary artist and 17-year veteran of the advertising/design industry, where he has collected every notable industry award including the prestigious Cannes Lion. He is a regular contributing artist to the New York Times, Wired, Esquire, Fast Company, Time magazine, and The New Republic. His work has been viewed and shared millions of times over (via 171,000 Instagram followers and counting) and has been featured on NPR, USA Today, ABC, Comedy Central, G4, and was recently named one of Wired Magazine’s 18 influential design leaders. Follow him on Instagram @brockdavis.
What inspires you?
I’m always inspired by being surrounded by other creatives. It doesn’t matter what the discipline is. I get inspired when I eat at a restaurant, and I look at the food in front of me and think about how much time and composition goes into that; when I look at how people express themselves through fashion or through music. Minneapolis, of course, a lot of creative people in all of those disciplines, that’s very inspiring for me to be in that community.
When it comes to making my own work, I really try and draw inspiration from just basic, ordinary things that we see in life that we forget about. My most inspiring times of the day is probably when I’m doing something mundane and mindless: sitting in traffic, cutting the grass, washing dishes. My best ideas always come during these kind of times where I’m scrubbing a pan, and “Oh!” and something hits me. Sometimes it’s something cool and sometimes it isn’t, but there’s always a curiosity there.
How would you describe what’s going on in the Twin Cities right now?
It’s definitely a really good time to be a person who makes things. The maker mentality over the last couple of years, is really strong. There’s such a great, creative culture here, musically, lots of just really talented designers and artists. It’s really easy to be inspired, and I think that it helps make the work better in anyone’s creative discipline.
How would you describe your personal style?
I like minimalism. I like kind of the less is more mindset. I love the process of having an idea and executing that idea so that it resonates as clearly as possible. I like to go back and strip things away until it’s precise and clean. Also, I like to capture things that feel everyday and normal to people, but keep that composed so that it just looks very pristine and clean when I take my images.
What’s your favorite J.W. Hulme Bag?
I love the Editor Brief: lots of compartments for my camera, phone, laptop, change of clothes if I need it, whatever. I also love the esthetic of it, the simplicity. It’s very nice.