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Life & Work with Briyanna Tiafoe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Briyanna Tiafoe.

Hi Briyanna, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Hi! My name is Briyanna (Bri) Tiafoe and I am the designer behind Book Breezy Graphics. I am a freelance designer that specializes in digital flyers, motion flyers, logo designs, and more. I always had a knack for creative arts but I started playing around with photoshop towards the end of high school.

Once I started college at Towson University, I would make designs for different organizations at school, and as I continued I developed an extreme passion for graphic design and after that the rest is history. I love what I do and through everything, I’m extremely grateful for all the lessons and blessings along the way to get me to where I am now, as well as my friends and family who support me day in and day out.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has definitely not been a smooth road, but it’s always been a road worth traveling for me. As a graphic designer, my main priorities for myself are to bring my client’s vision to life as well as to inspire. Bringing someone’s vision to life is not always as easy as it may seem. I’ve had instances where clients did not like at all what I created or situations where I’ve messed up on something that I worked really hard on.

I’ve also just struggled to master certain concepts, as I am an extreme perfectionist and often very hard on myself. But throughout all the hardships, I learn something new about the art or myself each time and that is what I love the most. It’s bigger than me.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
As a freelance designer, I do a little bit of everything. I’ve done a lot of things that I personally did not even think I was capable of. I’ve made e-book covers, concert flyers, billboard designs, t-shirt designs, etc. I would like to think that I’m most known for my flyers, as that is my best-selling service.

I’m surrounded by many talented individuals and many peers that inspire me and push me unknowingly, however, I think what sets me apart is my determination to try and one up myself each time. I’m always trying to think outside of the box, and each time the box gets bigger so I’m always up for the personal challenge that brings.

My imposter syndrome tendencies make it very hard to decide what I’m most proud of, but I think I would have to say a Naira Marley concert flyer I made for my friend Michael. I was nervous because for me that was a big task, but the feedback received, both good and bad, reassured me that I’m in the correct field. It reminded me why I developed this passion in the first place.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Something surprising that most people may not know is that it is very rare that I actually like something I did. It takes me an extremely long time to look at a flyer I made and be like, oh yeah, that looks nice. I’m often in denial when people tell me they like my work, I never believe them lol.

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