Meet The Face Behind

CHARLEY CHARTWELL

A BRIKA maker story

Timothy & Aurelia

MADISON, WI
"We call the inspiration behind our design 'structured irreverence.' It’s a balance between crisp information architecture and good-natured wit."
“A challenge that we’ve worked on overcoming—and which many of our colleagues share—is having the courage to express our own unique voice in our work. We’re always attempting new things, and it’s great to see groups like BRIKA giving small creative producers like us a place to share and thrive.”

“Independent-spirited creatives who find ways to make ingenious work and support their families at the same time inspire the work that we do. We know several couples that are raising kids while making a living by doing work that makes them—and so many others—happier.”


“We’re not interested in trying to scale up to become a larger business. We find great courage and comfort in running a simple little shop where we can put most of our time into inventing new ideas and charts.”


“Independent-spirited creatives who find ways to make ingenious work and support their families at the same time inspire the work that we do. We know several couples that are raising kids while making a living by doing work that makes them—and so many others—happier.”


Calling it “love at first sight” when Tim and Aurélia initially saw infographic prints in local shops, they quickly envisioned making their own creative contributions to the world of designing charts, and thus, Charley Chartwell was born. “Charley” is a tribute to Charley Harper, the epic illustrator, and “Chartwell,” taken literally, refers to Tim and Aurélia’s conviction to make the best charts possible.


Having previously worked as a freelance designer and Montessori preschool teacher respectively, Tim and Aurélia did not anticipate the hundreds of hours it would take to complete their first foray into chart-making with their infographic "A Grand Treasury of Shakespearean Insults." Despite the lengthy endeavor into Shakespearean history, it was a pursuit they both deemed well worth the effort. With every new infographic idea, “we’re always discovering unexpected twists and turns that force us to freestyle and rethink,” they said. Citing inspiration in any person who chooses to step beyond what they think they’re capable of, Charley Chartwell donates 5% of profits to building high-quality healthcare in some of the world’s most impoverished communities, which makes their work extra happier.

We believe...

Beneath our everyday exteriors lie our truest, silliest selves.

We love it when... 

We hear people chuckling as they read our charts—it’s music to our ears.

Words we live by are...

“To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.” – Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes

What three things make you happiest in the world?

1. Helping someone who really needs it.

2. Building forts or playing in creeks with our 3-year-old daughter.

3. Unexpected moments of wonder, i.e. gazing at the stars, our daughter’s bright eyes, snowfall under streetlamps, or the simple, kind gestures of strangers.


“Making handmade goods is important because it gives us the creative freedom to experiment. ”
PRODUCTS BY CHARLEY CHARTWELL
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