Real Talk: BBG Internship Edition
By Amy Dosen
My summer internship began with a Tuesday night Taco party at Logan Square Design Bldg and ended with a company trip to Chicago Comic Con, so it was pretty much the best summer of my life.
Beyond mass taco consumption and purchasing vinyl toys with my BBG buds, my internship entailed actually working with clients on real projects — no cleaning the bathrooms or making coffee here. You’re expected to work like a pro and trusted to handle projects and client relations with tenacity and tact. From the first day, the three interns were totally immersed in projects, meeting with clients, jumping on conference calls, and working together to produce some killer designs. Through the guidance of Jason Schwartz & Jason Gross, I learned the intricacies of business workflow and how to effectively interact with clients. Jason Gross taught me how to speak professionally on the phone and how to leave voicemails without rambling on with a three-minute goodbye. (I’m notoriously bad at leaving voicemails).
After graduating from a design program that was completely print-based, I had no real experience with digital and interactive design. While interning at BBG, I not only learned the basics of digital design (the 960 grid is your friend), but also how to carry out a project to beautiful completion, from art direction to finessing the fine details.
I learned more in my summer at BBG than I did in an entire year of undergrad. I have a solid understanding of how an agency operates, as well as experience working with real clients. These are things you can only learn on the job, and BBG was an amazing environment for learning. I came in every day, hung out with the coolest people I know, and designed beautiful things all day.
That’s the way life is supposed to be, right?
BBG Internship Summer 2012
By Molly Bramlet
One of the most valuable things I learned while interning at BBG is how to make design usable and functional. In design school we all learn how to make things pretty, but there’s a big disconnect between what you learn in school and how you use that in the real world.
At BBG, we approached every project with the mentality “we know we can make this look awesome no matter what, how do we make the user experience awesome”. Now on every project I work on I keep that thought in mind in every decision I make. A cool looking site is
useless if you don’t have information or don’t know how to use it. The team at Bright Bright Great acknowledges that this is something
schools tend to skim over and goes out of their way to help the interns come up with the right solution and be a part of the process.
While working at BBG I worked on websites, apps, and print material and got hands on experience on applying usability to all outputs. I
was able to compare and contrast what systems work in what circumstances.
All the interns were given the opportunity to work closely with the team throughout the whole process. Within one week, we were presenting to and working directly with the clients. If there was ever down time, we were told to take a stab at art direction for a new project. Because BBG is a smaller firm, we really got hands-on experience in every step of the strategy, creative, and production process that I would have missed out on had I been interning at a company with separate departments.
Another plus was the studio space. Logan Square Design Building is full of really awesome, creative, talented people. It’s a very laid
back, but everyone around you is working on really cool projects that will continue to inspire and motivate you. It definitely makes you
feel like part of a community. There are always different people coming in and working. Not only do you get a chance to make
connections and meet people, but you also get to make some cool friends.
And, you get to hang out with a dog everyday. That’s cool too.
BBG Internship Summer 2012
By Alex Sheyn
The following are words to describe my internship at Bright Bright Great:
Amazing. Magnificent. Awesome. Badass. Stunning. Sexy. Jammin. Exemplary. Fantastic. Great. Bright. Distinguished. Airy. Oaky. Tremendous. Aces. Tops. Bees Knees.
What I’m trying to say is that my internship at BBG was one of the greatest things to have ever happened to me. I truly mean that. Bright Bright Great provided me with the opportunity to do some amazing work. I think it’s safe to say I learned more in my 2 month internship than I did during 4 years of design school.
Some of the perks of the internship:
– Company trip to Comicon
– Awesome monthly events where you get to meet tons of design community pros
– Coffee snobs make sure every cup of coffee is the best you’ve ever had
– Company dog is the best dog
– Trips to subway
– Intern dumpster diving championships
I’ve had a few other internships in recent years, all of which basically used me for manual labor like taking out the trash and cleaning the bathrooms. At BBG, I never had to take out the trash or clean anything. I was a design intern, and design was all I did. Most people think of an intern as the lowest level employee at a company, doing the projects that no one else wants to do. On my very first day at BBG, I was thrown onto one of the biggest projects the company had ever worked on. I was given responsibility, and the opportunity to prove myself. Every day was something new- a new problem to solve, a new thing that you learn, a new opportunity to make something beautiful. A BBG internship gives you responsibility to the point where you feel extremely appreciated. You feel like it actually makes a difference that you are there.
I didn’t only learn how to design a pretty website. I learned about how to develop and expand a brand, how to look at a website as a product and not just a digital brochure, how to talk to clients, and so much more.
Long story short, if your goal is to get your foot in the door of the Chicago design community, the BBG internship will make that happen. I learned everything.
Bright Bright Great is excited to be one of three Chicago agencies to be part of AIGA Chicago’s Studio Night on August 17th. We’re excited to be a part and can’t wait to meet some new Chicago-based creatives.
In 2011 Bright Bright Great was contacted by Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery located in Hinsdale, IL for a total rebrand and interactive overhaul. The project launched in Summer 2011, but until now we haven’t posted it online.
Better late than never. (Since, handoff in 2011, Sweet Ali’s has taken over the site and updated the design and development on their own. What is currently live, is a slight departure from our original designs.)
Lots of people from Chicago’s design and tech community came to enjoy ice cream with the BBG team. Take a peek at some of the awesome toppings people brought and the mountainous sundaes that people made. Also, the official unveiling of the #FREEBIGSEXY tee.