Episode 44: Brad Bishop and Michael Thurman, Co-Founders, Torch Creative

"Design by focus group, is like ordering a pizza for 10,000 people."

On this week's episode, the co-founders of Torch Creative: torchcreative.com (Brad Bishop and Michael Thurman) join the show. Torch is a creative branding shop based out of the Dallas, Texas area that has worked with many clients ranging from NCAA Division I to Division III colleges to the NHL.

Brad and Michael discuss how they got into sports design and what made them decide to make the jump in to starting their own creative business, which includes building their company on the side while they each worked full-time jobs during the day.

We also touch on navigating the bubble of the college athletics business and making connections in a world where everyone knows everyone and references are key. Including how to handle vitriolic feedback from alumni or forum keyboard warriors.

Many of Torch's sports branding projects include custom typography. The guys give us some insight into their passion for creating custom letters, as well as touching on the visual style of athletics in the 90s and how identities are moving back into a more timeless style.

Lastly, we discuss Torch's work on the Stanley Cup logos: dribbble.com/shots/1024918-2013…t=users&offset=104 for the NHL.

Mentions include:

Torch Creative on Twitter: twitter.com/torch_creative
Torch Creative's website: torchcreative.com
Torch Creative on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/3365768?…RPcmpt%3Aprimary
Brad Bishop on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/brad-bishop/a/60b/2a1
Michael Thurman on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-thurman/7/812/a76
SME Branding: smebranding.com
Hall of Fame Racing, Nascar: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_of_Fame_Racing
Torch's first college branding project: NSU Demons: www.nsudemons.com
Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.net: sportslogos.net
Paul Rand: paul-rand.com
University of Northern Colorado athletics branding: news.sportslogos.net/2015/05/18/nor…-more-serious/
Steve Jobs book: www.amazon.com/gp/product/145164…=QAVIEI7JUQTQBFYY
Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull of Pixar: www.amazon.com/Creativity-Inc-Ov…ds=creativity+inc
Stanley Cup Logos: dribbble.com/shots/1024918-2013…t=users&offset=104

Our next is Kyle Bunch: twitter.com/kylebunch. Kyle is the Managing Director of Social at R/GA: rga.comand a co-founder of Blogs with Balls: blogswithballs.com

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