My name is Jeremy Rivers, I am a designer and illustrator in Charlotte, NC and I am the face of Riverbend Branding.
I graduated from college with a degree in Visual Communications and landed straight into the school of hard knocks. That’s right; life handed me a big ole bowl of reality in the form of 2 years of working 2, and then later 3, full-time jobs that paid my bills, but didn’t fulfill my passionate needs.
Luckily, I managed to escape that exhausting lifestyle with the help of my favorite local coffee shop, FABO coffee*art*bar. I have been the manager and house designer there since early 2014 and while it may not seem like much, the shop definitely gets me charged up to do the things I love to do every single day. FABO has also provided me with unexpectedly awesome opportunities!
When I’m not slinging lattes and selling local art, you can find me working with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte as a digital designer. There I create a wide range of print and digital collateral for the 19+ branches and residents camps in the Greater Charlotte area, while working with the rest of the marketing team to ensure brand standards and values are met across program lines. If I’m not working at either of my day jobs, you can find me working on my freelance and side projects. Which brings me to my next topic:
In business, I find that some of the best results are produced when you form strong relationships between the designer and the client. Far too often, clients seek out designers (or vice versa) and have little to no physical interaction. Almost all of the design process is done via emails, computer screens, or phones and I feel those types of business practices, while effective, don’t reinforce the types of positive client/designer relationships that I seek to achieve.
With that being said, I appreciate the digital world and what it has to offer, but before I sit down at my desk to begin working on your project, I would like to meet you in person, shake your hand and get to know you over coffee. I want to work with clients who share the common goal of inspiring curiosity, creativity, and improvement in everyone they meet. My ideal client is someone who respects diversity, understands the need of constant improvement, and has a taste for whimsical adventures. If that’s you, give me a call or shoot me an email and we’ll produce great work together.
Other hobbies I enjoy
Recharging You, Finding Your Superpower, & Design Recharge
One thing that I value more than the works I create, are the relationships I build with clients, friends, and peers. I grow to respect these relationships and treat them with the upmost care. I believe that when we share what we know, and guide others along the way, we help each other grow. Out of all of those relationships, if there is anyone who deserves my respect and appreciation most, it is Diane Gibbs.
Diane is the Creator / Host of Design Recharge, an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of South Alabama, and Owner / Designer / Creator at Little Bird Communications. But, above all I believe she is a brilliant and fierce friend. She has held my feet to the fire, supported me, and guided me on my creative journey to become an excellent Designer / Illustrator.
I first met Diane through her weekly web show, Design Recharge, in 2012 when she interviewed one of my college professors. Through Design Recharge, Diane interviews many amazing designers, illustrators, typographers, artists, business people, etc. giving other creatives the opportunity to learn more about them through live interview. Design Recharge airs every Wednesday at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT. I highly recommend watching the show, as it feeds that need for a creative community and provides you with valuable information weekly!
Diane even has her own 3-part course, Finding Your Superpower, which is available for purchase through her website, Recharging You. I have personally taken this course, and found that it helped me discover what my strengths were, identified key areas that I needed to work on, and above all, highlighted my design Superpower. Each designer’s superpower is what makes them unique and helps feed their creative passions. After taking the course, I felt more confident, knowledgable, and generally more prepared to pursue my creative passions.