Brandon Alvarado is a printmaker and graphic designer. Born in Pasadena, California. He received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Iowa State University in 2012 and worked as a designer for firms in Minneapolis, including Cue, Inc. and Periscope .
In 2015, he was awarded a Mentorship with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts(MCBA) through the Jerome Foundation. The MCBA helped develop his interest in printmaking and letterpress. He later became a co-op artist with the MCBA for a couple years along with his wife, Annie.
As of this year, my wife and I opened Pretty Good Co. in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Pretty Good Co. is our letterpress print shop and graphic design studio. We operate on a Heidelberg Redball and a C&P. We also have a retail storefront promoting work from local and midwest artists.
Brandon’s work is very process-driven with a great love for art books, illustration, and zines. One of his ongoing projects is a series of letterpress printed books called “Rulebooks”. Each book is created following a pre-written set of rules that allows for variation and random-chance.
Brandon has had work in the MCBA, Abecedarian Gallery, Georgia Center for the Book and The Soap Factory. Some of his books are in the special collections at OTIS College, University of Utah Marriott, and Baylor University.
He also enjoys maintaining some illustration side projects and regular contributions to Illozine, an illustration zine edited by James O’Brien.
Brandon an more of his work can be found via various ways: