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Interview with videographer Andrew Linker

May 10, 2014

Nate McDonald


The title track from my band’s second album was recently featured as the soundtrack in a promotional video for Chattooga Belle Farm. I got the chance to catch up with Andrew Linker, the up-and-coming videographer and sustainable food advocate behind this project. Read more


Portfolio Highlight

My design work reflects my illustrative flavor, but branches into other styles as well. A logo especially needs to project a certain mood that might call for a less illustrative style. As any designer will say, when you know your limits for a project, you can clearly seize the opportunities they create. One of my favorite quotes about limits in creativity is from John Stewart in an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. He says,

“I’m a real believer creativity comes from limits not freedom … When you have a structure, then you can improvise.”

I’ve selected some of my work posted below. If you want to see more, please visit Starlite Creative on Flickr.

Logo for Tsunami Bay, the wave pool at Magic Waters Waterpark (Cherry Valley, Illinois)

Logo for Adventure Quest, an Atwood Center summer day camp (Rockford, Illinois)

Logo for Atwood Center, the environmental education facility of the Rockford Park District

“S’more Fun” tee design for Camp Lone Oak (Rockford, Illinois)

Sign for The Lazy Lizard, a snack stand at Magic Waters Waterpark (Rockford, Illinois)

Logo for Walk Around The Block, an event of City of Gardens (Rockford, Illinois)

Final logo for Ties & Tennies Together

Logo for Ties & Tennies Together, a Rockford Park District Foundation fundraiser

Logo for Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition held in Rockford, Illinois

Logo for Summer Wood, an outdoor amplitheater at First Free Rockford (church)

Starlite Radio tees

22 Blackbirds CD jacket design (2008)

See more on Flickr.


Portfolio Highlight

Writing and performing music became a serious venture for me when my two brothers and I formed Starlite Radio back in 2002. Since then, my wife has joined the band, and collectively we’ve recorded, produced and independently released two full-length albums. More recently, we’ve expanded our work to create music for commercial projects. We feel we’ve just begun exploring all that we can do with our music.

Live Life Slow

A fellow creative and filmmaker, Andrew Linker, recently created a video for Chattooga Belle Farm, and featured the title track of my band’s second album, Live Life Slow. The song was a perfect match for the visuals that were captured by Andrew.


Give It

This song was written and recorded for an in-store sales video for Stride Rite that was produced by Full Contact Advertising in Boston. I think this is my band’s first song under three minutes!


This is some music my band did for a Cumberland Farms commercial in 2011. The commercial itself won a Hatch Award that year. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available to view on the web, so the only visual is a photo of my brother Jordan and his crazy hair.

Go Together remix

This is an instrumental remix (done by my brother Jordan) of a song my band wrote and recorded in 2012. We think it would be perfect for a smart car commercial!