Apprenticeship Recap âÂ Quan Ika Vu
Quan Ika Vu joined Bright Bright Great for 9 months uponÂ graduating from Columbia College with a degree in Graphic Design. His portfolio stuck out to Bright Bright Great as one of exploration, modernism and we knew he would fit in well with the design team.
Thanks again to Quan for his hard work while at BBG.
“I’ll definitely miss Quan’s humorÂ in team chat. Never change a thing. Let the true Quan shine. ð¥”
By: Quan Ika Vu
IÂ knew of Bright Bright GreatÂ and the highly anticipated conferences they co-hosted. I knew that if I could join them I would be doing killer work.
Working with the team at BBG was truly transforming. I did not expect the experience I gathered after 9 months with their teamÂ would surpass my 4 years of college education.
There was no time toÂ slack. Every day was incrediblyÂ fast-paced.
It’sÂ one of the things I love about a small agencyÂ like BBG. You will learn to output lots of amazing work quickly, while being self guided. Each team member is expected to carry his or her own load from start to finish. At any given time, I hadÂ 3 clients/projects, which demands a lot from a designer, but thatâs how you grow! Not a lot of agencies out there offer what BBG does. FromÂ the get-go, I was in client meetings, conference calls, and working alongside the entire team and leaders in the community. I also successfully designed 2 retail typefaces, which totally boosted my skill set to a new level.
Youâll never feel left out at BBG and are expected to be a one-person army fromÂ the first day.
In school and at bigger agencies, they wonât teach you how to interact with clients, let alone deal withÂ sticky situations; aÂ skill entirely missing from what you learn at school. Iâve come to learn that if youâre not able to sell your design through client communication and persuasion, youâre not a good designer. Clients are tough; not like your teachers or parents who always tell youâre the best. Out in the real world, you really have to make a stand for yourself and earn it.
My takeaway post-BBG is to be versatile. A saying by Nick Lush that I would always remember, it goes something like this: âAll designers can be great and happy at what they do, but a versatile designer can afford longer vacations than a niche one.â That saying is self-explanatory. Being versatile not only with your skill set, but also with the ability to pitch yourself and your work. I can now design websites, typefaces, and make presentations look sexy, none of which was taught at my print-based degree in school.
The BBG gang is my family, and Iâm honored to have them in my professional career. I will never forget how much fun we had, all the mini road trips and goofy team chats, and most importantly the knowledge they gave me.