Brad J. Aldridge is a designer and art director in San Francisco, CA

About Brad J. Aldridge

About Brad J. Aldridge

 
Portrait by Vince Donovan.

Portrait by Vince Donovan.

 

Brad J. Aldridge is a designer, art director, speaker, and magician based in San Francisco, CA.  He learned about design, theater, and art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Oh, there's another guy named "Brad Aldridge," he's a painter in Utah. So, our designer Brad added the "J" to help avoid confusion.  

Starting his design career in journalism design, Brad took to telling stories across platforms from digital screens to large-scale architectural environments.  Recently, Brad left working as inaugural Design Director for Communications and Exhibitions at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and moved onto be a Principal Designer at Butchershop, a creative agency.

As a designer, he strives to straddle the line of being succinct, subtle, and clear with being loud, obnoxious, and difficult to ignore.  His inspiration as a designer comes from studying how people see and use their eyes to interact with the world, as well as the art of magic and conjuring—Brad is a practicing magician, he goes by the name Bradmagic

Speaking and Honors

  • Print Magazine Regional Awards
    Environmental Graphics, December 2016
  • Thinking About Perception and Understanding
    Creative Mornings SF, September 2016
  • Magic and Design
    San Francisco Design Week, June 2016
  • Communication Arts Award of Excellence
    Environmental Graphics, September 2015
  • Designing for Museums
    San Francisco Design Week, June 2015
  • Designer vs. College Radio
    UC Berkeley, April 2015
  • Magic, Design, and Art
    San Francisco Art Institute, September 2014
  • Guest speaker at Emergence 2014
    Emerging Arts Professionals, June 2014

Here is a list of things about Brad:

    1. Can quote lines verbatim from Back to the Future trilogy and The Big Lebowski
    2. Been to every Disney theme park in the world
    3. Except Hong Kong (but planning a visit in 2016...or 2017 since Shanghai opened)
    4. Designing web and print experiences since 2000
    5. Magician
    6. Mixologist
    7. Magician Mixologist
    8. Can juggle
    9. 6 plus 7 plus 8
    10. Can make things out of wood and metal and plastic!
    11. Had dinner with Neil Patrick Harris
    12. Had dinner with Neil Patrick Harris at Disneyland
    13.  (Yeah, he was kind of a third wheel)
    14. Has a book autographed “To Brad” signed by Walt Disney
    15. Has 2 life-size cardboard cutouts of…himself
    16. Likes to refer to the Internet in the plural sometimes.  Internets
    17. When he writes his name fast it looks like ‘Bird Alderon’
    18. His DJ name is ‘Bird Alderon’
    19. His grandfather is Buzz Aldrin
    20. His socks don’t match
    21. He lied about number nineteen
    22. Ukulele songwriter
    23. He feels really guilty about the fib in number nineteen
    24. This is the last list Brad ever made