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Creative Director, Principal
Voted “Least Friendly 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015,” Jason leads the creative and interaction teams at BBG, bringing continuous curiosity about the world and how we interact with it.
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Awards! Society of Typographic Arts STA100, KIWI arts GROUP

“KIWI was a great opportunity for us as a design team to push the boundaries past the traditional and explore all collateral outside of the digital product.”

Greer Mosher, Art Director

Bright Bright Great is excited to announce our recognition from the Society of Typographic Arts, STA100 2020 for our work on KIWI arts GROUP.

KIWI arts GROUP

KIWI arts GROUP KIWI arts GROUP

“I am beyond proud of the BBG design team for their work with KIWI arts GROUP. This project is very special to me as a lifelong fan of Warhol. The discovery of the William John Kennedy Warhol photography is a significant find, and one that should be shared with Warhol lovers globally.”

Jason Schwartz, Creative Director

About Society of Typographic Arts

The Society of Typographic Arts is Chicago’s oldest professional design organization. We are designers who promote high standards and focus on the art and craft of typography, design, and visual communication.

About STA100

The STA 100 international competition is 42 years in the making. Each fall, we bring the global design community together by inviting all creative professionals to submit typographic work and get recognized for it while building a network with unique industry opportunities in Chicago and beyond.

We honor the 100 best examples of typographic excellence produced around the globe each year. Entries must have been published between September 2019 and October 2020. The fee structure for the STA 100 competition is designed to stimulate submissions from designers, agencies, freelancers, students, and organizations while encouraging new membership to our non-profit.

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Bright Bright Great is Looking For A Senior Back-End Developer

Back-End Developer with Basic Front-End Knowledge

BBG is looking for a passionate, multidisciplinary back-end developer with a focus on WordPress CMS, back-end technologies and integrations. The ideal candidate has high fluency in the technologies that comprise our back-end stack and some fluency in front-end technology.

What you’ll be doing

  • Building reliable websites and services with PHP and WordPress
  • Implementing and optimizing deployment and hosting infrastructure
  • Maintaining and improving back-end code bases across a variety of client websites, and identifying where portions of them can be abstracted into reusable components
  • Collaborating with designers and front-end developers to create organized, documented, predictable back-end implementations to enable their work
  • Communicating with clients throughout the entire project, from kickoff through launch
  • Contributing to our team culture through code reviews, contributing ideas, improving processes, and giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Directly collaborating with clients throughout the project lifecycle, including presenting and pitching work

Technical Requirements & Skills

BBG is constantly evolving and changing, and the sites we have built reflect a wide array of technologies and processes. We expect you to come in with your own understanding and guidance as to how we structure and deploy the backends of our future projects, but you will frequently need to dip into older projects and solve problems using the tools and methodologies upon which they were built. These include:

Team-lead fluency in the following technologies:

  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Continuous Integration (CI) and deployment tools
  • WordPress metadata extension via Carbon Fields/Advanced Custom Fields
  • WordPress form builder tools such as Ninja Forms/Gravity Forms
  • Building against and extending the WordPress API
  • Asset packaging/optimization via Grunt/Webpack
  • Basic SEO practices
  • Git and code review

Because we are a small team, you may also need:

  • Competency in performing basic front-end tasks:
    • Updating HTML/Laravel Blade templates
    • Integrating front-end JS with back-end data via API or on initial page load
    • Minor CSS updates

We look to find that a person who has these skills and exhibits familiarity with these tools and processes has at least four years of experience working with WordPress and PHP.

The Rest of the Stack

This is what BBG utilizes for the rest of our technology stack, so please let us know if you have experience with any of the following:

  • HTML, semantic markup, and ARIA roles
  • CSS and CSS preprocessors (we use SASS with the SCSS syntax)
  • JavaScript (especially Vue)
  • SVG
  • OpenGraph Metadata

Additionally, we commonly field requests from clients to build integrations against other services they use in the course of their business, so let us know if you have any experience working with any of the following:

  • Marketo
  • Hubspot
  • Pardot
  • Custom social media API integrations (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

The ideal candidate is:

  • Detail oriented
  • Thoughtful
  • Personable
  • Optimistic
  • Empathetic
  • A problem solver
  • Over communicative
  • Passionate and motivated to learn
  • Works well both in a team and independently
  • Able to handle multiple projects at the same time
  • Works well in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment

Expectations

As a small, agile company, we expect our developers to jump in and take an assertive role, sometimes as a technical lead, always supporting our team’s needs. You’ll be involved from estimation, through launch and support, always assisting with client communication. You’ll build some really cool stuff, further your skills, and learn some new ones… with our amazing team.

About Bright Bright Great

Bright Bright Great is a strategic digital brand agency founded in 2007.

We create world-class brands and meaningful, inclusive experiences that delight, engage, and deliver value to all users. We’ve partnered with clients large and small across education, finance, retail, fashion, food and beverage, and travel.

As of 2020, Bright Bright Great is entirely remote, with a physical HQ in Chicago. Talented applicants from all locations are encouraged to apply.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401K savings plan
  • Paid time off
  • Bonus time off with tenure, goals and milestones
  • Company life insurance plan
  • Short-term disability insurance

How to apply

To apply, please send the following to careers@brightbrightgreat.com.

  • A brief introduction to yourself
  • Your resume
  • Your portfolio URL with at least 5 sample projects breaking down your role within each project and other team members involved in the project.
  • Link to your GitHub

We’re a diverse team that enjoys working together. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

No recruiters. BBG is an equal opportunity employer.

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Bright Bright Great is Looking For A Senior Front-End Developer

Front-End Developer with Basic Back-End Knowledge

BBG is looking for a passionate, multidisciplinary front-end developer with a focus on user experience and usability to join our team. The ideal candidate has high fluency in front-end and UX-related technology and some fluency in our back-end tech stack.

What you’ll be doing

  • Building beautiful and accessible websites and interfaces with HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, and PHP
  • Maintaining and improving front-end code bases across a variety of client websites, and identifying where portions of them can be abstracted into reusable components
  • Collaborating with designers to create engaging and delightful digital solutions that meet client and user needs
  • Communicating with clients throughout the entire project, from kickoff through launch
  • Contributing to our team culture through code reviews, contributing ideas, improving processes, and giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Directly collaborating with clients throughout the project lifecycle, including presenting and pitching work

Essential qualifications

At least four years of experience as a front-end developer.

Team-lead fluency in the following technologies:

  • HTML, semantic markup, and ARIA roles
  • CSS and CSS preprocessors (we use SASS with the SCSS syntax)
  • Javascript (especially Vue)
  • SVG

Fluency in asset packaging/optimization tools such as:

  • Grunt*
  • Webpack
  • Fluency in implementing analytics solutions such as:
  • Google Tag Manager, Search Console and Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel

Competency in performing basic tasks with our underlying tech stack:

  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • Understanding of OpenGraph Metadata and debugging issues with social media sharing
  • Experience with Git and code review
  • Baseline understanding of SEO
  • Strong soft skills to support healthy client communication

The Rest of the Stack:

This is what BBG utilizes for the rest of our technology stack, so please let us know if you have experience with any of the following:

  • Carbon Fields*
  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • Ninja Forms*
  • Gravity Forms
  • Bedrock/Sage

BBG is constantly evolving and changing, and the sites we have built for clients reflect a wide array of technologies and processes depending on when they were built. While all of these can be found in many of those builds, including sites you will actively work on at BBG as part of our ongoing relationships with past clients, technologies or processes that we have phased out of current/new builds are flagged with an asterisk (*).

Additionally, we commonly field requests from clients to build integrations against other services they use in the course of their business, so let us know if you have any experience working with any of the following:

  • Marketo
  • Hubspot
  • Pardot
  • Custom social media API integrations (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

The ideal candidate is:

  • Detail oriented
  • Thoughtful
  • Personable
  • Optimistic
  • Empathetic
  • A problem solver
  • Over communicative
  • Passionate and motivated to learn
  • Works well both in a team and independently
  • Able to handle multiple projects at the same time
  • Works well in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment

Expectations

As a small, agile company, we expect our developers to jump in and take an assertive role, sometimes as a technical lead, always supporting our team’s needs. You’ll be involved from estimation, through launch and support, always assisting with client communication. You’ll build some really cool stuff, further your skills, and learn some new ones… with our amazing team.

About Bright Bright Great

Bright Bright Great is a strategic digital brand agency founded in 2007.

We create world-class brands and meaningful, inclusive experiences that delight, engage, and deliver value to all users. We’ve partnered with clients large and small across education, finance, retail, fashion, food and beverage, and travel.

As of 2020, Bright Bright Great is entirely remote, with a physical HQ in Chicago. Talented applicants from all locations are encouraged to apply.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401K savings plan
  • Paid time off
  • Bonus time off with tenure, goals and milestones
  • Company life insurance plan
  • Short-term disability insurance

How to apply

To apply, please send the following to careers@brightbrightgreat.com.

  • A brief introduction to yourself
  • Your resume
  • Your portfolio URL with at least 5 sample projects breaking down your role within each project and other team members involved in the project.
  • Link to your GitHub

We’re a diverse team that enjoys working together. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

No recruiters. BBG is an equal opportunity employer.

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Selected Firms Names BBG Among Top Web Development Companies in the USA

For Immediate Release
November 4, 2020

Bright Bright Great has been ranked among the Top Web Development Companies in the USA by Selected Firms

Bright Bright Great is a celebrated name in the web development industry, and their continued efforts and hard work have got the company comfortably placed amongst the top web development companies in the USA by Selected Firms.

It’s evident that website services have immensely changed how the business industry works. In the advanced technology era, having a website that is just good-looking cannot survive without merit. It is very essential to build a feature-rich website that doesn’t only meet industry standards but also well-structured and responsive by incorporating elements that focus on ease of navigation for the end-user. The latest web development process is a superset task that includes designing, web development, scripting, network security, optimization, conversions among many others. Our experts’ understanding of this process has helped us in delivering the perfect web solutions to our clients to satiate their imminent business needs.

Headquartered in Chicago USA, Bright Bright Great is a group of multidisciplinary experts that leverages exceptional engineering talent and advanced technologies to deliver world-class customized software solutions in diverse fields such as web designing, website development, marketing, and more.

We have a highly competent team of web designers and developers who have years of experience in dealing with web development projects from all over the world. We are well poised to develop websites using advanced tools and techniques.

There is a lot of experiential learning that we have been through since our establishment in 2007. Having worked with some of the best global organizations, we know the value of certain qualities – professionalism, on-time delivery, and post-deployment support. This outlook has become a core part of our DNA and it reflects in all our previous and recent work irrespective of the size of the project which is justified by our clients’ testimonials.

How Selected Firms Help Businesses

Selected Firms is a great platform for businesses who are seeking service providers and helps them to make a better decision in choosing a technology partner. They evaluate companies by various factors like the reputation, experience, industry & service expertise, client reviews, portfolios, and many other important parameters defining the company’s credibility.

Selected Firms has similarly evaluated Bright Bright Great and confirmed the company’s expertise and competence in the web development world by adding it to the list of the top companies in web development USA.

Selected Firms 2020 Top Web Development Companies

We All Have A Choice

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DesignRush Names the Top WordPress Developers of 2020

BBG would like to thank the DesignRush team for inclusion in their list of the Top WordPress Developers of 2020. As our focus grows connecting WordPress to various marketing automations, business changing plug-ins, and more; we aim to further the WordPress CMS from design and usability through accessibility.

Jason Schwartz, Partner, Creative Director

From DesignRush

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 22, 2020

The top developers that are experts in using WordPress know how to build custom websites with strong SEO optimization, a versatile blogging platform and safe cybersecurity.

DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, named the best developers in 2020 who have expertise and experience with the free, open-source WordPress platform.

Bright Bright Great is excited to be listed at #8 with an expertise focus on UX Design, Branding, and Website Design.

About DesignRush

DesignRush.com is a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies. DesignRush features the top agencies around the world, including the best Digital Agencies, Logo Design, Branding, Digital Marketing, Website Design, eCommerce Web Design Companies and more.

BBG Named Top Small Business Web Design Agency by Clutch

Clutch Announces the 2020 Leading B2B Firms

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Hundreds of Hospitality Ideas Ideated by Hotel of Tomorrow 2020 Teams

The opportunity to pair with forward thinking hospitality teammates from Hyatt Hotels, Disney, The Gettys Group, Kohler Company, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, SC Johnson and 100+ additional industry leaders comes rarely and is too good to pass up on. The Bright Bright Great team is absolutely humbled to contribute to such an amazing project.

Bright Bright Great is Honored to be a Part of the Hotel of Tomorrow Project

Trendline 09:

Five Big Ideas and the Trends that Drove Them

We asked ourselves, “What hotel and travel challenges and opportunities did the pandemic create? What will future guests expect, and how might we deliver solutions and services in the short and long term? And, how can we best collaborate immediately, around the globe?”

When we restarted The Hotel of Tomorrow® Project (Website designed and developed by the BBG team in partnership with Getty’s Group) back in June, we didn’t know where the project would ultimately lead us, but we were eager to start solving the new design and operational challenges facing our industry. These new complexities meant that we needed to both widen our view and the types of contributors to our think tank: technologists, University researchers, operators, investors, brands, associations, manufacturers and consultants.

325 industry leaders came together at two levels of engagement. We assembled a database of articles to track what was being explored and applied elsewhere to serve as inspiration. We then created 16 teams, consisting of hotel designers, manufacturers, owners, and operators from around the world who ideated as industry partners to envision The Hotel of Tomorrow® Project—every aspect of the development, service and guest journey.

We are particularly grateful for the expertise and contributions of Chad Reynolds of Batterii, Gayatri Keskar of Material ConneXion, Matt Phillips of Phillips & Company, Maxwell Luthy of TrendWatching, Adam Kubryk of Global Allies and Jason Schwartz of Bright Bright Great.

The Top 5

79 powerful ideas were narrowed to 16, then tested and further narrowed down to five. We then surveyed industry experts to gauge the most viable ideas for the future. We are pleased to reveal the results below, presented with the most viable ideas at the top.

Hotel of Tomorrow Rendering

Bed XYZ allows guests to gamify their sleep: controlling, monitoring and optimizing their sleep ritual and environment.

Outside In, Inside Out is like an over-scaled terrarium creating the convincing illusion and benefits of being in nature.

Outside In, Inside Out is like an over-scaled terrarium creating the convincing illusion and benefits of being in nature.

Hotel Rover

Hotel Rover allows guests to extend their hotel experience to the open roads.

Journey Pebble

Journey Pebble is an encrypted digital wearable that helps hotels personalize guests’ stays according to their preferences.

 A deconstructed food-and-beverage experience where robots with distinct purposes and personalities allow guests to drink and dine outside of a traditional restaurant or bar’s footprint. Small refrigerator/warming units follow guests like companion animals, then double as side tables or dining surfaces wherever the guest might like to be—inside or outside the hotel. The larger counterparts of these units become gathering hubs, with integrated audio-visual components that allow small groups to enjoy music or take in a movie or game together. Small drones communicate guests’ needs back to a bartending robot—overseen or AI-powered by a skilled mixologist—that can deploy a refreshed unit. Robots speak to one another in beeps and whistles, and to guests in whatever language they require. … Robots are full of personality as well as the food and beverages that they are delivering to guests throughout the property.

A deconstructed food-and-beverage experience where robots with distinct purposes and personalities allow guests to drink and dine outside of a traditional restaurant or bar’s footprint. Small refrigerator/warming units follow guests like companion animals, then double as side tables or dining surfaces wherever the guest might like to be—inside or outside the hotel. The larger counterparts of these units become gathering hubs, with integrated audio-visual components that allow small groups to enjoy music or take in a movie or game together. Small drones communicate guests’ needs back to a bartending robot—overseen or AI-powered by a skilled mixologist—that can deploy a refreshed unit. Robots speak to one another in beeps and whistles, and to guests in whatever language they require.

Robots are full of personality as well as the food and beverages that they are delivering to guests throughout the property.

The Hotel of Tomorrow Project has been featured in Forbes, Luxe Beat, Architectural Digest, Trendline, HOTELS Magazine and many more.

About Getty’s Group

In September of 1988, a group of Cornell School of Hotel Administration graduates founded The Gettys Group with a vision to deliver world-class hotel design and procurement to discerning hospitality clients around the world.

After over three decades in business, The Gettys Group has carved a unique place in the hospitality industry landscape as an award-winning, global design and development firm serving clients from offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Middle East. Widely regarded as a leader in the design, branding, procurement and development space, the firm collaborates with the world’s foremost hospitality brands and has competed more than 1500 projects in 32 countries.

About Hotel of Tomorrow

325 industry leaders came together at two levels of engagement. We assembled a database of articles to track what was being explored and applied elsewhere to serve as inspiration. We then created 16 teams, consisting of hotel designers, manufacturers, owners, and operators from around the world who ideated as industry partners to envision The Hotel of Tomorrow® Project—every aspect of the development, service and guest journey.

Related Work

New Work: BBG Develops The Landing Hotel Brand ID for Rivers Casino’s Upscale Boutique Destination

Bright Bright Great Participating in the Hotel of Tomorrow Project

New Work: The Landing Hotel, Rivers Casino Hotel Experience

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BBG Recognized by International Business Times (IBT) in 2020 Spotlight

Bright Bright Great Recognized by International Business Times in 2020 Spotlight as Top National Service Provider for Web Design. You can learn more about this recognition here: https://www.ibtimes.com/spotlight/best-web-design-companies-in-chicago-il

It is an absolute an unexpected honor to be recognized by International Business Times as a top web company of 2020. We are humbled and honored by IBT.

Jason Schwartz, Owner, Creative Director

International Business Times 2020 Spotlight Announced

International Business Times (IBTimes.com), the global business news leader, has launched Spotlight to help businesses navigate the myriad of vendor options and make informed decisions about choosing the best providers for their needs locally.

There’s no shortage of business-service providers. The SBA estimates that there are more than 30 million in the United States alone.

“We demystify and take the guesswork out of an often complicated and opaque process,” said Mel Gray, IBTimes U.S. managing editor. “Spotlight eliminates the hassle of finding trusted vendors and allows businesses to focus on what they do best.”

About IBT

IBT Media is a fast-growing global digital news organization delivering news and insight to more than 30 million monthly readers across the world. IBT Media engages a new generation of readers with content that speaks to their interests, analysis that serves their businesses and makes sense of a globally connected world.

You can view additional recognition in the Awards & Recognition section of our News.

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Bright Bright Great Recognized as Top Digital Agency and Web Design Studio in Chicago by Clutch

BBG Recognized Among Top WordPress Developers of 2020 according to DesignRush

Bright Bright Great Named to Clutch 1000 2019

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Clutch Announces the 2020 Leading B2B Firms

“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.

Top B2B Companies Illinois 2020

 

About Clutch

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.

BBG was also named a top B2B Agency in 2018 by Clutch as well as appearing on the Clutch1000 in 2018 and 2019.

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Bright Bright Great Named Best Web Design Company of 2020 by Digital.com

“It’s nice to receive recognition for all of the hard work the team puts in. We appreciate the nod from Digital.”

Jason Schwartz, Creative Director, Owner

Best Web Design Company 2020

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.

View the Press Release here: Digital.com Highlights Top 20 Web Design Services of 2020

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About Digital.com

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.

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Apprenticeship Recap – Victoria Escobar

Victoria Escobar

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.

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