Closer&Closer is a versatile branding and representation agency started by Drew Melton. We connect top tier artists and designers with brands, agencies and publishers to create incredible visual experiences. We help artists find clients, negotiate pricing, negotiate licensing, manage contracts, sharpen their creative vision, and make sure the checks come in on time. We help brands, publishers and agencies to locate unique creative talent quickly and manage the creative process efficiently.
As a studio, we bring together our talent to work as a team for projects at Closer&Closer. This allows us to offer comprehensive creative services as a studio. We specialize in creating typographic design solutions for a wide range of clients. In the past we’ve worked with including Adobe, McCann, Saatchi&Saatchi, Penguin, Nike, Target, Vh1, and many more.
We represent artists who specialize in: Type Design, Hand Lettering, Calligraphy, Font Design, Font Development, Illustration, Branding Design and more.
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Trinchero Family Farms
Penguin Random House
Creative Direction & Consulting
Creative Strategy Development
Art Direction, Design
Signage & Wayfinding Design
Packaging & Label Design
Founder & Dot Connector
With almost a decade as a freelance designer and type designer Drew Melton has had experience managing almost every facet of a freelance business. His passion these days is finding the greatest talent and connecting them with great brands, publishers, and companies to create incredible things together. You can find him in New Orleans pacing on his phone.
Dave is a type designer and lettering artist from Sydney, Australia. He loves letterforms, and is happiest when drawing them, digitizing them, putting them to work in a type design system, and even animating them. He has a quirky, playful style, and has enjoyed collaborations with Dolby, Westfield, Jamie Mag, City of Sydney, Buck, Typofonderie, CareMore Health, and Mint Velvet.
Neil Secretario is a left-handed lettering artist and graphic designer currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia by way of California. He has drawn logos, custom letters and type for clients like Condé Nast, GQ Germany, Intercom, Lagom Magazine, Lionsgate, Mikimoto, Penguin Random House, Sony Pictures, Trinchero Family Estates, and YouTube Red. He is also a contributor at Lost Type where you can find Calafia, a script typeface he designed inspired by left-handed brush lettering.
Luke Ritchie is an independent Designer from South Africa. His hunger for trying new things over the years has made him a versatile designer, with a vast and impressive body of work. Luke’s great love and passion for what he does, drives and inspires him to new heights. He has had the privilege of working with many great clients and agencies all over the world including The Wall Street Journal, Mcdonald's, Jack Daniel’s, GQ Magazine, Entertainment Weekly magazine, Monotype, Fonts.com, Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi and many more.
David J Weissberg
David J. Weissberg has been art directing, lettering and illustrating for the better part of long time. Often referred to as ‘Mr. Black Magic behind the scenes’, happy clients include The Standard Hotel, Just One Eye, Nike, Adidas, Jane Mayle, Eames, Silas (& Maria) UK, Dr Romanelli, 2K, Shepard Fairey, as well as publications like Diner Journal, Anthem, Z!nc, and XLR8R (where he was both the Creative Director as well as the Arts, Style and Culture editor). He currently lives in Echo Park, Los Angeles with his ornery dachshund Ira and and absurd collection of coffee mugs.
Sean is a graphic designer based out of Michigan. He has a strong curiosity for typography, focusing around hand-lettering, type design & illustration. He has worked with clients such as ESPN, Disney, Pixar, Southwest Airlines, VH1, Corona, and many others. Through his work, he hopes to re-inspire the childhood sense of wonder that still lives inside of all of us and to make the world a friendlier place.
Matthew Smith is an identity designer, illustrator, and type designer based out of NYC. He's worked with companies such as Adobe, luxury fashion brands like Maiyet, tech start-ups, individuals like the award-winning director Cary Fukunaga, all of the way down to local bakeries. Matthew's work stems from a singular mission: to create thoughtful and meaningful experiences.
Scott Biersack is an independent Designer, Illustrator & Type Designer currently living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. His work takes on whatever form is necessary to solve problems of companies such as Adobe, Girl Skateboards, TGI Fridays, Warner Bros., Starbucks, Nature Valley and many others. Whether he is working on calligraphy, custom lettering, illustrations, typeface design and beyond, he tries to do it all.
Drew is a Texas native, whose fascination with album cover art and D-I-Y mentality, forged a path into the design world. A self taught screen printer and musician, he’s no stranger to finding different avenues to push his creative energy. He has co-operated a small brand studio Sturdy, worked with Helms Workshop and is now at Guerilla Suit as Art Director. When he’s not slanging pixels, you can find him somewhere outdoors, adding jalapeños to everything or shredding at a local dive bar.
Founder & Dot Connector
Rosemary Kathryn is an up-and-coming illustrator based out of Detroit, Michigan. Heavily inspired by nature, she specializes in work involving organic forms, textures, and fine detail. She is driven by her passion and awe, continually striving to grow and create stunning work that inspires others as she has been inspired herself.
Jake Weidmann is a professional artist and certified Master Penman based in Denver, CO. As one of the youngest in history among twelve existing Masters today, he received his Master Penman certificate through the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) in July of 2011. Jake works across numerous mediums in art and calligraphy. He is most well known for his use of traditional calligraphic flourishing and hand lettering in the context of his fine art. His recent clients include Apple Inc, PIXAR, The Anschutz Corporation and Montegrappa Pen Co.
"Drew is that rare trifecta of the most important things I personally look for in a vendor/artist. He’s a true craftsman, he's extremely easy to work with, and he goes above and beyond what’s asked of him, bringing to the the table his own unique creative insights. In other words, he consistently makes the end product better."
— Kevin Jordan, VP Brand Creative Director of VH1
"Working with Drew on Sag Harbor Rum label was an amazing experience all-around. From the onset he was a good listener, which is sometimes rare in a designer, taking the time to really understand what we wanted to get communicated in the final label. Then he was able to translate those ideas into a robust design that continues to receive accolades.”
— Jason Laan, Founder of Sag Harbor Rum
"Drew is way talented and communicative. He's also a deadline champ."
— Cheyne Gateley, Variety Magazine
"Drew is a pro. With such a broad range of styles, he can go from knocking out funky ‘80s type to creating the most beautiful ampersands for us. On top of his talent, he's great and easy to work with, which makes my experience as an Art Director that much better."
— Lesley Palmer, Art Director at AARP
"I hired Drew for The Scarlet Sisters because of his amazing portfolio, but he's so much more than an incredibly talented typographer— he's the kind of person that makes the creative process a pleasure. He gave me fantastic options from day one and tackled revisions with ease. He created a final piece that took into account all of the art direction AND was better than I could have imagined. Everyone LOVED the cover."
— Catherine Casalino, Art Director