“It is always an honor to be ranked amongst some of our peers, those we look up to and those we partner with. Thank you to the Clutch team and our clients, and partners for the kind words.”
Jason Schwartz, Creative Director, Partner
Today, Clutch is recognizing the top 250 service providers in Illinois for their ability to deliver, their commitment to excellence, and their past work.
WASHINGTON, DC – September 14, 2020 – Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews platform, published its report on the top B2B companies in Illinois.
Illinois is a growing hub for technical innovation. Chicago is considered one of the top cities(link is external) for a growing market of tech talent.
Out of the 250 companies on this list, the service providers specialize in branding, custom software development, IT managed services, mobile app development, and more for a variety of clients in different industries.
To qualify as a Clutch leader, the companies must display a verified presence in their location, in-depth client reviews, and industry expertise.
A platform of in-depth client reviews, data-driven content, and vetted market leaders. We cut through disorganized market research by collecting client feedback and analyzing industry data, arming businesses with the insights and analysis they need to connect and tackle challenges with confidence.
Bright Bright Great is excited to announce our addition to the Best Web Design Companies of 2020 by Digital.com.
Digital.com, a leading independent review website for small business online tools, products, and services, has named Bright Bright Great to its list of best web design companies of 2020. Service providers were selected based on multiple service lines, size of the firm, and industry focus. The guide identifies the top 19 companies from across the web with detailed reviews.
Bright Bright Great and other companies offering a broad range of services to clients across various industries, such as manufacturing, real estate, and information technology, were considered for the final list. Design companies were also rated based on size and the ability to provide personalized attention or manage large complex projects. In addition to key features, the guide highlights customer feedback and pros and cons.
Digital.com is an online publication that helps small business owners find the right tools to take their business to the next level. We review and compare the best products, services, and software for running or optimizing a small business website or online marketplace. Using our proprietary sentiment analysis algorithm across social media platforms, we are able to gather and analyze data at scale.
BBG was thrilled to have Design and Branding Apprentice Vicky Escobar join us for our 1st ever Virtual (Covid-Safe) Apprenticeship working from Florida, with our team in Chicago.
Vicky went above and beyond each and every task set before her. Not only would she tackle the task, she would tackle far beyond the task. We love working with you Vicky, and you are always welcome to design and brand with our team!
Jason Schwartz, Creative Director, Partner
This summer was one that no one will ever forget, and although a lot of things didn’t go as planned for the world, I was lucky enough to have been able to work as BBG’s first fully remote apprentice. Starting an apprenticeship at a new place can be hard, but on top of that, having it be 100% remote presents a whole new set of challenges.
I was lucky enough to be in a place that welcomed that challenge, and believed in me to take it on. One would think that being a remote intern would affect your learning, but that wasn’t the case with BBG. I was able to learn many things on the job, and some things that I learned were because we are remote, such as video conferencing with clients, and learning how to manage projects on my own time.
What is the most important thing you learned during your apprenticeship?
Working in an educational environment, such as school, is very different from being in the workforce. In school the only “client” you really have is yourself. Developing work for someone else can be intimidating, but it’s a skill all designers must have. This skill is probably the most important thing I learned and gained. I had to stand by my design decisions presented to clients, and be confident in my own work.
What is the best part of working at BBG?
Working at BBG really gave me the experience and opportunity to explore projects on my own. I was allowed to develop my own design directions as well as pitch to clients. This really has been different from other internships/apprenticeships that I’ve had. I felt more like part of a team, rather than “the intern.”
Besides the opportunities that I was given, I also was able to work alongside amazing designers that really pushed me to challenge my own creative thinking, and teach me valuable skills. You will be surrounded by people that want you to get the most out of this apprenticeship and look out for you, which is not something you can say happens at every apprenticeship.
What should someone know before applying for a BBG apprenticeship?
Anyone applying to an apprenticeship at BBG should know that this is a very hands on opportunity. Don’t expect to be making copies or prepping export files. You will be doing actual design work for real clients.
At times it can be stressful and tough, but having a supportive team behind you and seeing your work appreciated by the client makes the stress of being thrown into it exciting.
Bright Bright Great is excited to be recognized by DesignRush among the top WordPress Developers of 2020. We continue focusing on pushing boundaries, focusing on accessibility and usability and creating experiences (UX) that users will enjoy.
WordPress web design companies build custom websites with strong SEO optimization, a versatile blogging platform and safe cybersecurity. Explore the best companies below and select a partner based on their location, pricing, team size and reviews.
DesignRush is your guide to finding the best professional agencies, categorized by their areas of expertise.
We analyzed and ranked hundreds of agencies to help brands find top full-service agencies, web design companies, digital marketing firms & top technology companies.
Finding The Right Agency For Your Brand Can Be Difficult and Time-Consuming
Businesses need to find professional partners who have the necessary knowledge, trustworthy team members and proven track record of success. But this arduous task is time-consuming and unrefined.
We noticed this frustration and created a platform that ranks the best agencies around the world.
In DesignRush’s Agency Listing section, users can further search for a top partner firm by area of expertise, team members, leadership, clients, reviews, testimonials, portfolios, prior work, pricing structure, cost and more. They can quickly and easily compare the most valuable qualities of the best agencies, discovering and selecting the best agency for their business more efficiently.
Our approach sought to reinvent the user experience considering every step of the user journey …
KIWI Arts Group is a privately held art archive in Miami Florida created to house some of the world’s sweetest grails in modern art. The museum, simply referred to as “KIWI” by most, is home to a plethora of cultural mementos and hosts exhibitions that feature some of the behind the scenes looks at the Art World’s favorite’s such as Robert Kennedy, and Andy Warhol. Although based in Miami, KIWI is an international arthouse we saw massive potential in.
Through this project, KIWI Arts Group sought to increase its visibility in terms of visitation, and profitability as well as transforming the brand architecture to allow for collaborative growth. Through this rebranding we worked directly with curators to entirely rethink KIWI’s approach to their graphic identity. Our approach sought to reinvent the user experience considering every step of the user journey from digital and web applications, to the physical experience of collaborating with the curators and owners of the brand. Our new branding system integrates a wide breadth of touchpoints including printed materials, signage, stationery, merchandise and packaging, amongst others.
The Sunburst is a mark we landed up naturally after investigating into the brand heritage, and explorations of the arthouse’s archives. The Sunburst’s arms reach out to emulate that of a camera’s lens flare and energy behind some of the greatest image makers. Capturing this energy and representing the luminosity of a camera flash became central to establishing the bright and youthful identity that would help us set KIWI apart. The mark acts as a vehicle of discovery transforming in state to interact with users in novel ways, be that through cursor interactions on the web or the use of the sunburst as a sticker motif on packaging and collateral. We sought to push the visual language even further through the incorporation of a traditionalist serif typeface, Canela, juxtaposed against Graphik’s modernist forms. This contemporary type pairing creates an immediately recognizable lock-up, creating endless possibilities for typographic exploration within the art and publishing house.
Through attempting to balance the arthouse’s modernist identity and the typically serious tone of the art world, we were able to carve out a unique space in the market that pushes the bright energy of the house’s curators. Much like the juxtaposition of KIWI’s bright identity and the typical uniformity of the art world, we’ve crafted each component of the KIWI identity to remind visitors how exciting and sweet art can be.
“Bright Bright Great could not be more proud to be working with The Gettys Group and amazing global innovators from Disney to Hilton, working to reimagine hospitality’s challenges during COVID-19.
This is a great opportunity for the BBG design and innovation team members to jump in and ideate with industry leaders. BBG is also acting as the design and development partner for the HoT digital experience.”
The Gettys Group Relaunches The Hotel of Tomorrow® Project, Uniting Global Innovators to Solve Hospitality’s COVID-19 Challenges
Chicago, Illinois — In response to the unique challenges facing hotels, restaurants, and travel in the era of COVID-19, The Gettys Group relaunched The Hotel of Tomorrow® Project—a reframed version of the industry-leading think tank they founded in 2003 to unite brands, designers, manufacturers, owners, and operators in elevating and transforming the hospitality industry in the near and more distant future.
The forum has been updated to fit the world’s new remote reality, using collaboration platform Batterii to connect participants from around the world to develop, refine, and visualize their concepts before sharing virtual prototypes for consumer testing. Over 250 participants bring diverse areas of expertise from a variety of companies and institutions—including owners, operators, research institutions, designers, and tech companies. In cross-industry teams, they are re-examining every component of hospitality—from consumer-facing messaging to technology integration—for all points of the new guest experience journey.
“Ideas collide and combine in meaningful ways when people with diverse perspectives collaborate,” said Ron Swidler, Chief Innovation Officer of The Gettys Group, “In September, we will share concepts that have been envisioned by the industry, refined by experts and vetted by guests, brands, designers, manufacturers, and more—everyone who has a stake in the future of hospitality.”
About The Gettys Group
The Gettys Group is a family of hospitality-focused companies dedicated to creating the inspired moments that stay with guests and the defined details that enrich brands. For more than 30 years, they’ve guided developers, operators and brands in the creation of meaningful and rewarding hospitality experiences around the world. Whether they’re designing interiors for all tiers of the chain scale, directing program management for new developments, launching exciting brands or demystifying the procurement process—they elevate and transform, make things easy and create value. For more information, please visit gettys.com.
McKinsey & Company asked the following question, “How do the best design performers increase their revenues and shareholder returns at twice the rate of their industry counterparts?”
We tracked the design practices of 300 publicly listed companies over a five-year period in multiple countries and industries. Their senior business and design leaders were interviewed or surveyed. Our team collected more than two million pieces of financial data and recorded more than 100,000 design actions.1 Advanced regression analysis uncovered the 12 actions showing the greatest correlation with improved financial performance and clustered these actions into four broad themes.
The four themes of good design described below form the basis of the McKinsey Design Index (MDI), which rates companies by how strong they are at design and—for the first time—how that links up with the financial performance of each company.
McKinsey & Company is founded on a rigorous understanding of every client’s institutional context, sector dynamics, and macroeconomic environment.
For this reason, we invest more than $600 million of our firm’s resources annually in knowledge development, learning and capability building. We study markets, trends, and emerging best practices, in every industry and region, locally and globally. Our investment in knowledge also helps advance the practice of management. We publish our findings extensively, and we engage with leading thinkers on the most pressing issues facing our clients and society.
Our clients’ needs are constantly changing, so we continually seek new and better ways to serve them. To do this, we are bringing new talent into the firm, acquiring new companies, and developing new capabilities, for example, in design, analytics, and digital.
We serve clients at every level of their organization, whether as a trusted advisor to top management or as a hands-on coach for front line employees. We partner with clients to put recommendations into practice and work directly with them over the long-term, to help develop workforce skills, drive operational improvement, and apply new working methods.
No matter the challenge, we focus on delivering practical and enduring results, and equipping our clients to grow and lead.
“I’m glad we are over time. At the 7 minute mark, I wondered how this was going to be sustainable for 40 minutes.” – Jason Schwartz
A big thank you to Princeton University’sDesign Nation Conference 2020 for having BBG’s Creative Director, Partner Jason Schwartz as he presented “Design is Super Easy” workshop session. Additionally, a big thank you to Meg Lewis for being the Bawse and assisting with the session. The Catholic Church, Milk and Tiffany & Co. should be proud. (Or should I say Tiffany & Cow.)
Thank you again to everyone involved in making this conference happen. 🙌
Below are answers to the Q&A during the session but didn’t have time to answer.
When you have brainstorming/ideation sessions, how do you judge and make sure good ideas stand for themselves, not because they’re from people with reputation/authority?
The person who yells the loudest doesn’t make them more correct.
When we ideate with all levels of employees involved in research.
When we do offsite ideation digitally, we do it anonymously. When we share the results from ideation after our team has parsed it, we don’t share whose idea it was.
When we ideate in-person with a team, we accept every single ideas in the first pass. At the end of the day, we look for ideas that align with a company’s mission and their goals. Anything that can bring us closer to those 2 items are considered gems.
At what stage of your creative process do you introduce rapid ideation? At the very beginning or after some research?
Before starting. During the entire project. After finishing.
A company cannot be static, simply because the world around them is changing. Even if a company is internally static, the outside world will have an impact, changing story, outward voice, marketing, design, etc. In 20 years, we’ve never worked with a company that was static internally. That means business itself will be changing and new ideas, will arrive.
One thing that is important to note is that typically your clients are not Designers and have all of the creative tools at the start of a project. Good ideas from those who don’t typically think out of the box will come with the education. It’s ok to speak up. It’s ok to think about who we COULD BE. Not only WHO WE ARE TODAY.
Always be open to new (and better) ideas before, during and after a project.
What strategies do you use when dealing with a difficult client?
All Clients are different (especially when working at a consultancy), so you will be working with new people all the time (and pretty much on every project), which means you need to get to know them and they need to get to know you.
You MIGHT be taking things you learn throughout your career fore-granted. Your experience is not their experience. Something that seems obvious and simple to you, might be complex and difficult for them.
Always remember that you have been hired to be on their team and for your expertise. That said, you should be able to share your expertise to arrive at a solution you believe in.
The Client has hired you for your expertise. At the end of the day, this is a job. If you struggle to connect with a Client and have the flexibility financially to walk away, walk away. It won’t matter how hard you work educating the Client, if they are unable to work with you and you them, it’s not a fit. Designers do not deserve to be berated, or psychologically poisonous environments. Ever. Period.
Fire them. It’s ok to walk away.
Firing a client doesn’t reflect poorly on you. It just goes to show that you understand your own limits, and are also doing the Client a favor by allowing them to work with someone who they may succeed with.
How are you able to ask clients questions so that they lead to more efficient answers?
This is a great question. Starting a project off in a non-efficient way will most likely screw up the rest of the project.
After doing something for 20 years there are 2 certainties:
You already know a lot of the answers. (This comes with experience and expertise.)
Some answers will totally surprise you.
One thing that I feel continuously gets lost in the design space is that conversations between certain groups of people happen that both parties take as fact, but are not shared with the rest of the team. I personally like using a shared Project Management tool for all communication, so the full team can be included and in the loop. It also acts as a record of decision making, very helpful for future reference. Creatively, sometimes I ask, “how did we get here as the answer?” It’s very helpful to look back in reflection.
At your position, how much of your skill set is people management versus creative work?
I am now 20 years into my career. I worked in the following roles, Designer, Senior Designer, Creative Director, Director of Marketing, Advisor, Director of Operations and Investor.
At the very beginning, when I was a Junior Designer interviewing, I was always surprised when a Creative Director said they barely designed anymore. At that time, I thought it was the wrong answer. My belief was that the full design team should be designing to stay relevant.
Then I realized that time is money. Experienced designers are more valuable helping to educate and guide decisions to ensure successful projects, not do all of the work themselves.
Good design will always be good design. If you were a good designer as a Junior, you might not have the business skills YET, but you will probably be a good designer as a Creative Director, without the time to do it.
When I first started I was 100% design.
At this point in my career, I am probably 20% design and 80% operations, however it is my company and that isn’t something that I’ve felt has been able to be “handed off” completely to someone else. My passion is design, which is why I am still involved. I guide checkpoints and act as a sounding board for ideas.
At this point I hire people whose design inspires and instills confidence in me.
About Design Nation:
An all-expenses-paid exploration of the versatility of a career in design, how design is applied differently across industries, and what it looks like to be a design leader facing the business and social challenges of our world.
We’re not just looking for designers; entrepreneurs, artists, writers, and makers are all welcome—anyone with a love for design wishing to learn more are welcome. all applications are considered on a need-blind basis, and all costs are covered for accepted attendees by Princeton University.
“This is an exciting opportunity to connect with some of the world’s brightest minds to talk design, business and very likely the Kool-Aid Man.”
Jason Schwartz, Creative Director
BBG is excited to share that our founder and Creative Director, Jason Schwartz will be speaking May 16th, 2020 at Princeton University’s annual Design Nation Conference 2020, an exploration of the versatility of a career in design, how design is applied differently across industries, and what it looks like to be a design leader facing the business and social challenges of our world.
This conference will be attended by designers; entrepreneurs, artists, writers, and makers are all welcome—anyone with a love for design wishing to learn more are welcome with all costs covered by Princeton University and Business Today.
About Princeton University
Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.
About Business Today
Business Today is an undergraduate-focused business organization based out of Princeton University. Business Today’s team of Princeton undergraduates and board of alumni trustees are singularly focused on expanding the opportunities for communication for today’s undergraduate leaders.
Currently, Business Today achieves this mission through two multi-day conferences, an on-campus seminar series, a bi-annual magazine, an online multimedia platform, and many other assorted programs. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Business Today is committed to creating the best experience and most value for all conference attendees, content consumers, and organization members.
About Jason Schwartz
Jason Schwartz is an enabler crafting engaging experiences that intersect human interaction with technology.
Over the past 20 years, Jason has worked with Clients from start-ups to global leaders in various capacities from Interactive Designer, Digital Strategist, Advisor, Director of Marketing, Creative Director & Investor.
Currently, he acts as the Creative Director at Bright Bright Great, the agency he founded in 2007.
We are excited to share printed posters for the inaugural debut for Insert Coin SXSW 2020!
Poster Series for Insert Coin SXSW
About the Insert Coin Documentary
Insert Coin recounts the oral history of a team of geeks and misfits in the back of a Chicago factory creating the biggest video games (Mortal Kombat, NBA JAM, and others) of all time. (World Premiere)
Eugene Jarvis, the creator of 80s classic videogames such as Defender and Robotron, returns to the industry in the 90s. In the process, he assembles a team that pioneers the concept of bringing live action into videogames, kickstarting a new era in the arcades.
The technology mushrooms into massive hits such as Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam and soon the team begins to conquer the world. What began as a small tight-knit group begins to deal with success and eventually the rise of home consumer technology.