We are an eclectic mix of artists and technologists, storytellers and strategists, driven by a common purpose to bring humanity back into our economic system.

You see it too, right? Eroding trust in institutions, political polarization, a climate crisis, growing civil unrest. It feels like we are on the brink.

Somewhere along the way, we lost our humanity. What good is “disrupting” an industry or growing an organization if you leave people and the planet worse off in your wake?

We are the creative agency for brands that put people first. For brands that make our communities stronger and our environment cleaner. For brands that want to change the culture for the better.

We are the creative agency for activist brands. If that sounds like you, work with us, and together we can redefine what it means to be on the BRINK.

Simply remembering that corporations were invented should alone empower us to reinvent them to our liking.
Douglas Rushkoff

Our History

Danny Vinik launches a counter-culture blog at BRINK.com and secures a U.S. trademark on “THE BRINK.” The trademark office doesn’t know what the fuck a blog is, makes him call it an online magazine instead.
Danny raises millions of dollars and starts UGROUND.com on the Sunset Strip. Becomes the first person to stream a full length film on the internet. Everyone has dial-up internet in 1999. Streaming video goes on to become a trillion dollar industry years later; Danny starts BRINK instead.
BRINK Media Inc. is incorporated and officially sets up shop in Tucson, AZ. Works with brands like Ford and HP on rich media advertising and builds Triggerstreet.com with actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Bruneti, helping grow it into a community of 100,000 filmmakers and on TIME Magazine’s 50 Best Websites.
BRINK hits a new level when it becomes the digital agency of record for the U.S. operations of the Netherlands Tourism Bureau. Builds the first ever social network for destination marketing at Holland.com and a variety of groundbreaking campaigns including a “New Amsterdam” world in Second Life.
Josh Belhumeur, formerly BRINK’s lead developer, takes over business strategy and opens a second office in Washington, DC. Secures major clients like the MPAA, Army National Guard and Gates Foundation out of a tiny U street office. Becomes one of the Partners and hasn’t coded a website since.
BRINK buys the KY Building in Tucson and renovates a new studio and headquarters for room to grow. Expands capabilities to include video production and starts doing work beyond digital such as brand strategy and traditional advertising.
BRINK lands on the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, is #10 on the Washington Business Journal’s largest Visual Design firms and expands its DC operation to a new studio space near the infamous K Street downtown. Josh takes over the company as Managing Partner and splits his time between both offices.
Danny starts a new nonprofit called the BRINK Foundation, putting those many years he spent understanding the web and its impact on culture to use in fighting the damaging effects of fake news, internet bubbles and conspiracy theories on our society. Doesn’t want to see another Donald Trump, Pizza Gate or Charlottesville again.
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MEET THE TEAM

Good ideas aren’t magic but the result of talent, experience and the joining of diverse minds. We don’t have a creative department, we are all creatives.

Danny

Danny Vinik

Contrarian

Founder / Executive Director of BRINKfoundation

b. 1958 avant-garde, unorthodox, an enfant terrible, ne'er do well, rule breaker, punk rocker (D & the P’s 1981) instigator, founder (BRINK 1995), mechanic, artist, guru, producer, novelist (BLUE PAIGE 1999), architect, non conformist, pioneer digital filmmaker (SPUN 2003), pissing people off, still a punk rocker, curator (PIDGIN PALACE ARTS 2020)

Josh

Josh Belhumeur

Managing Partner / Creative Director

Designer / Coder / Strategist / Director / Writer / Producer / Musician / Futurist / Self-taught / Leader / Nothing In-between / You Wouldn't Want It Any Other Way

Chris

Chris Beauchemin

Partner / Strategy Director

Accelerator of insights, ideas and impact / Driven by curiosity, imagination and collaboration / Proud husband and dad to two girls / Grateful for today while keeping my eye on tomorrow.

Mary Ann

Mary Ann Brazil

    Partner / Finance Director

    Wanted to be a writer / Floundered in college / Tried art from the perspective of student and model / Fled the Midwest for the southwest / Desk clerk at Hotel Congress, 1983 / Kissed the doorknob of the old café and Club Congress was born / Friends were all around me / Now I ran the Hotel / Smack dab in the middle of it all / Manager / Fast forward 20 years / Roots in the desert / Husband Danny Vinik and child Zobella / All on the BRINK

    Sean

    Sean Madrid

      UX & Tech Director

      Deep roots in Tucson and enjoys talking about them / Descended from cavemen / Alive in the age of information / On a cybernetic quest for fire / Lover of craftsmanship / Especially drawn towards wearables and watchables / Would like to control things with his mind / Enjoys controlling things with code in the meantime

      Jasmine

      Jasmine Sante

      Digital Project Manager

      Mix of southern charm, western intrepidity and Washington DC nerdery / Passionate advocate of divergent thinking & cognitive empathy / Collaborator / Convener / Middle child / Book omnivore / Oenophile / Hiker / Diver / Fascinated with the alien beings we call octopuses

      Malcolm

      Malcolm Critcher

        Content Director

        Born in Desert / Cut teeth in LA / Loves arthouse cinema / Loves bizarre internet videos even more / Millennial Scum / Wants to fight Mark Zuckerberg / All whiskey, no water

        Luc

        Luc Goodhart

          Operations Manager

          Bon cœur en mal d’amour / Francophile / Logophile / Iconophile / Homophile / Fashion school dropout / Prissy gearhead / Protean generalist / Amateur aromachromologist / Soft-sculpture specialist / Professional driver / Rêveur / Flâneur / Unabashedly louche / Fluent speaker of crosswordese

          Sierra

          Sierra Bourne

            Planner

            Automatic / Supersonic / Hypnotic / Funky-Fresh

            Joel

            Joel Foster

              Planner

              Writer, scribbler, journalist and bathroom manifesto composer / East coast transplant who doesn’t mind the dry heat / Cynical news junkie who loves to discuss the finer points of golden age hip hop and Mystery Science Theater 3000, preferably at the same time

              Katie

              Katie Ormsby

                Senior Designer

                NorCal Born / Designer / Skating Waitress / Craft Beer Snob / Amateur Hiker

                Kai

                Kai Miller

                  Senior Developer

                  Former game developer and digital environmental artist / Heavily experienced in web development / Maker of weird things / Clothing and pillow fabricator / Married with children / Drink of choice: Mountain Dew

                  Cora

                  Cora Beckett

                    Producer

                    Filmmaker / Feminist / Tucson native / Occasional pickler / Mother to Figgus (terrier) / Queer to everyone else

                    Sax

                    Danny Sax

                      Producer & Post-Production Manager

                      Born and raised in AZ/ Lives in VA/ Works in DC. I shoot first, ask questions later.

                      Linus

                      Linus Schief

                        Content & QA Coordinator

                        Weaver / Wicker Lover / Karaoke Enthusiast / Maximalist / Clothing Maker / Percussionist / Strong belief that eggs are the perfect object / Exploring the intersections between weaving, coding, rocket science, space exploration, and “women's work” / Text as Thread ---> Textile

                        David

                        David Pike

                          Managing Director & VP of Distribution, BRINKvision

                          Runs the film distribution arm of Brink (BrinkVision) / Acquiring Films / Strategy / Marketing / Theater Operator / Festival Director / Filmmaker / Writer / Producer / Bourbon Enthusiast / Giallo Film Junkie / Revolutions Started / Tigers Tamed

                          Jim

                          Jim Rundel

                            Senior Producer, BRINKfoundation & BRINKvision

                            Failed stuntman / Gifted sleeper / Sarcasm connoisseur

                            Molly

                            Molly Ragan

                              Associate Producer, BRINKvision

                              Tucsonan in the big city / Strategic design grad student / Vintage snob / Crossword nerd / Big fan of figs

                              Acantay

                              Acantay Christian Patton

                                Associate Designer

                                Pittsburgh native / Prefers the desert / Still eats french fries on his salad / Former athlete / Current designer / Digital creator / Most likely has a MacBook nearby / Love > hate

                                Deborah

                                Deborah Ruiz

                                  Associate Designer

                                  520 OG / Eegee's model / Getting MFA at the School of Art / Wes Anderson everything / Music is my coffee / NIИ for the WIИ / #NewBioWhoDis

                                  Dario

                                  Dario Andrade Mendoza

                                    Associate Developer

                                    Community Organizer / Engineer / Software Developer / Feminist / Teller of Stories / Poet / Bilingual / DACA Recipient / Tutor / Super Smash Bros. Competitor / Most likely to be singing at the office

                                    Sam

                                    Sam Yepiz Valencia

                                      Associate Designer

                                      Born in AZ / Raised in Mexico / Industrial designer / Linguaphile / Animal Lover/ Former helpless cheerleader / Two last names / Appeared on Italian TV / Believes moon has powers / Dislikes balloons and blenders / Never knows what’s going on / Somehow made design in Japan / Board Games and plant pots maker / AKA Samonster

                                      OUR STUDIOS

                                      We dig our roots deep into our communities with creative spaces that play host to neighborhood events and programming and provide us resources and inspiration to produce great work.

                                      AZ

                                      The KY Building is home to the BRINK studio and headquarters. We renovated the abandoned building in 2013, maintaining its original mid-century modern charm, making us proud leaders of the downtown rejuvenation movement.
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                                      DC

                                      Just 2 blocks from the White House off the infamous K Street, the BRINK DC studio provides a funky creative island in a sea of lawyers and lobbyists. Be sure to catch our next event.
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