Brian Tran Brian Tran

Brian Tran


  • Motion design


About Me

  • I’m a designer who specializes in motion. I love finding ways to mix mediums and combine design, illustration and animation—there just isn’t enough time to explore everything.

  • Senior quote:
    All work and no play makes a good GPA.

  • Why did you choose VCD?
    After making an animated typography video instead of a slideshow for a final in my freshman year of high school, I knew I wanted to pursue some form of visual communication without limiting myself to the stereotypical “graphic designer” role. Kent State wasn’t too far from home, and I had heard its design program wasn’t to be underestimated. I'm glad I made that choice.

  • What inspired you to be a graphic designer?
    I was always fascinated by graphics and movement throughout my middle school and high school years, and wanted to be making that for a living. Although some things have changed since then, I still feel that desire and am thankful to have figured out my calling so early on.

  • Favorite keyboard shortcut:
    Command + S, every 5 seconds.

  • Worst VCD moment:
    Spilling a can of gold ink with a friend in Type High.

  • Best VCD moment:
    Receiving a student show award after being rejected the previous year.

  • What inspires you the most?
    Seeing the incredible and diverse work that today’s designers, illustrators, and animators are doing. I’m kind of a child and want to be doing some of everything.

  • Goals in 5 years:
    Create a narrative animated short film; code my portfolio site; be doing personal work on a daily basis; get into a healthy sleep and exercise lifestyle, finally.