Brandon is an alum of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. After growing up in the mountains of Colorado, he moved to Denver for school and has been there ever since. Brandon’s experience has taken him from a small product design agency, to his own two-partner design studio, to MojoTech, where he enjoys the challenge of solving real-world problems. He’s a major coffee snob and is often seen hanging out with his wife, and Dachshund, Parker.

Read on to learn more about our newest Mojo!

Brandon Mannheimer, Design at MojoTech

1. Where’d you get educated and/or what jobs led you to your new job at MojoTech?

I went to college at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver. While in school, I hopped around a couple shops as an intern, eventually accepting a position at a small product design agency right out of school. After a couple years there, I left and started up a two-partner design studio working on projects both print + digital. A few years passed and then I became interested in MojoTech for the next step in my career because of the great projects and team that work here.

2. Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project you ever worked on?

The most interesting project I’ve ever worked on was a product for buying and selling cars. It was interesting because I’d just been through the dreadful process of buying a new car with my wife so I was able to use that knowledge to inform my decision making during the project.

3. What do you enjoy most/least about design?

The best thing about design is having the opportunity to create solutions for everyday problems. My least favorite thing in the design industry are egos.

4. What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful designer?

You have to be a good listener. As much as you’d like to think you know about a particular subject, it’s good to be able to understand knowledge from others, and receive feedback on your work.

5. What do you get out of design work that you couldn’t get from any other kind of work?

Sitting down at a desk every morning and owning the potential to make something, it’s a great feeling. Better than filling out spreadsheets all day.

6. Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your know-how.

I’ve worked on a couple naming projects in the past that were extremely challenging. Naming someone else’s company is no easy task.

7. Now that you’re at MojoTech, what are you most excited about?

I’m excited to work with a team of talented individuals on fun/challenging projects. Also, the office dogs are a major perk.

8. Which professionals do you turn to or what blogs do you read for inspiration?

I turn to a lot of printed design as inspiration for typography and layout — magazines, newsprints, packaging, etc. Blogs that I frequent are: BP&O, Design Made in Germany and Site inspire.

9. You’ve been banished to a deserted island with—gasp—no wifi, but lots of power outlets. What one piece of technology would you bring?

Tough question. A solar powered drone maybe? So I could see how far I have to swim to find civilization. Or it could be a high-tech ‘message in a bottle’ situation.

10. What technology is going to take over the world next?

I’m sure VR and AR have been common answers here so I’m gonna go off the cuff and answer with Chatbots and/or one of the Boston Dynamics Robots.

11. If you weren’t a designer, what occupation would you choose?

If I wasn’t a designer, I’d probably be an Architect or a Chef. Architect because I love working with space and dimension. Chef because I love food/tacos. Who doesn’t?

12. What is your idea of happiness?

I’m a simple guy. Sharing a quality cup of coffee and a tasty pastry with my wife is what makes me happy.

13. The red pill or the blue pill?

Both. See you on the other side!