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Chris Bradshaw
BFA Graphic Design , 2004

Chris is working on some websites. Many, many, many websites (and some logos, too).

As founder of Nashville Interactive, a web/graphic design studio in Nashville, TN, Chris has made a name for himself by designing websites for music stars Kelly Clarkson, Colbie Caillat, Diddy, Jason Aldean and Gretchen Wilson.

Like many creative people who move to Nashville, Chris put in years of hard work before he found success. After graduating from Appalachian with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2004, he worked at ECRS, a software development company in Boone that specializes in retail automation solutions (self-checkout systems at grocery stores are one exmaple). Chris worked in ECRS's marketing department for three years before moving to Nashville in 2007.

Soon after moving to Nashville, the company Chris worked for closed its doors due to the economy. Without a job, Chris decided to start his own company and, despite the economic downturn, he has been able to both find work and increase his income.

Chris' success is due, in large part, to his work ethic and high regard for craftsmanship—two qualities he honed while studying graphic design. Chris says the mix of graphic design, studio art and art history classes that GDstudents are required to take gave him a "wealth of knowledge to draw from on a professional basis."

Chris misses the atmosphere and challenges of being a student. He has fond memories of this place. He says he "had a blast, though maybe I didn't think that when I was up for days on end working on four different projects." In his words, he "got out of it what he put into it."

Chris plans on staying in Nashville for the foreseeable future. He's happy with his current setup and plans on growing his business. You can see his latest work at his website, nashvilleinteractive.com.

September 2011


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