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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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BBG Creative Director Amy Schwartz and Managing Director Jason Schwartz Profiled by the American Marketing Association

A Life, Redesigned: How Married Designers Balance Life, Work and a Rebrand

Originally posted by the American Marketing Association on 1/31/2019
Article by Hal Conick, Photos by Alyssa Schukar

Amy and Jason Schwartz have a new baby and run their own agency, Bright Bright Great, which they’re rebranding. As life has changed, so has their work.​

Amy and Jason Schwartz

​​Amy Schwartz sits on a couch next to Lucas Nelson, a young designer on her team at Bright Bright Great, a design and branding firm in Chicago. A cold, bright November day shines through BBG’s frosted windows as Amy, creative director of BBG, taps her fingernails on a coffee cup and sings aloud to herself. “OK!” Amy says, focusing on Lucas’s laptop screen; he’s pulled up illustrated icons he designed for Health Champion, a startup client whose website and brand BBG is building from scratch. Health Champion will be an app that collects patients’ health data, making medical records portable—Amy and her husband Jason Schwartz, founder and managing director of BBG, are fresh from the belly of the healthcare system, having given birth to a child three months prior. They felt a personal connection to the startup’s mission of easy access to medical records. Part of their work philosophy is to collaborate with people who are innovative and passionate, another is to put good work out into the world. If you’re creating something that’s bad, Amy says, you’re a jerk; if it’s neutral or mediocre, what’s the point?

Bright Bright Great Ideation

“If we add multicolor icons, do you think it’ll be all over the place?” Lucas asks Amy.

“I don’t think that it’ll be good for these,” says Amy, 28. She has a cherubic face and wears a hoodie with torn jeans. “Keep it single color.”

The heart of Bright Bright Great—ceilings covered in copper and aluminum pipes, walls decorated with murals, awards, wacky toys and bizarre photos of women pouring mustard into a high-heel hot dog—is a rectangular group of 10 white desks bunched into the middle of the room, including Amy’s desk, which is filled with half-sheets of paper, a purposefully misspelled pennant that says “problmes” and a note to herself posted to her monitor that says “green is not a creative color.” Jason’s wooden desk sits just 15 feet east, a sparse arrangement highlighted by a bright-pink Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Jason’s slightly graying beard rests in his left hand as his right hand scrolls his calendar, which looks like a disastrous game of Tetris. At 39, Jason is the BBG patriarch, a veteran compared to his young staff. He wears a black hoodie and cuffed jeans, his legs pumping like pistons underneath his desk. Amy turns around and asks Jason if he has time to take another call today.

“I’m booked at 10, 11, 1, 2, 3…”

Bright Bright Great Morning Meeting

BBG Team Work Session

Read the full article on the American Marketing Association website.

About The American Marketing Association:

The AMA leads an unparalleled discussion on marketing excellence. Continuing in the tradition of Borden and so many others, the AMA offers differentiated content that focuses on the tension between Best Versus Next Practices™.

With content coming from unrivaled scholarly journals, like the Journal of Marketing, and award-winning publications, like Marketing News, the AMA offers a robust perspective that understands marketer are expected to provide both solutions for today and solutions for tomorrow.

No other organization provides more ways for marketers and academics to connect with the people and resources they need to be successful.

About The Dracula Family

The Dracula Family is the Creative Output from Amy Schwartz, Jason Schwartz and Hype Schwartz. This includes speaking engagements, creative works and more. More about The Dracula Family.

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New Work: Stern Pinball Digital Experience and Strategy

Bright Bright Great is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Stern Pinball website and digital experience. This project is a dream for our team. Honestly, we could not be more proud of this launch and collaboration.

“Everyone on the Bright Bright Great team is a gamer in some capacity, so the ability to peek behind the scenes as to what goes into making a pinball machine is a dream come true.”

Jason Schwartz, Managing Director

Stern Pinball Website Detail New Games

Home page detail with new games and merch.

BBG worked to not only updating the user experience, but also includes an introduction of the Stern Insider loyalty program, for those looking for insider access, exclusive merchandise, and more. Additional functionality includes, a pinball machine locator, a games archive and use of a unified Shopify Plus login for the website and online store.

Stern Pinball Stern Insider

Stern Pinball Stern Insider all-access sign-up flow.

Stern Pinball Shop

The shop experience is a surprisingly technical integration with Shopify Plus. This includes a unified login for both the website (Stern Insider) and the online store (Shopify Plus.)

Stern Pinball Online Shopify Plus Store

Stern Pinball Website URL

About Stern Pinball:

Stern Pinball, Inc. is a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball.

Visit: Stern Pinball Website

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Should I Update WordPress 5.0 and the New Gutenberg Editor?

WordPress logo

WordPress announced TODAY that they would be releasing WordPress 5.0, a major update to their platform (view information on WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg.)

Although the ability to utilize 5.0 as a Beta has been around for a minute, every WordPress site now has a large “Update Your Site to 5.0.” The main question is, should you update now and what you need to be concerned with.

What is WordPress 5.0

WordPress 5.0 is a major release to the WordPress CMS. It has been in the works for some time and was released December 6, 2018 with almost no notice to digital agencies that utilize WordPress and hundreds of thousands of companies who utilize WordPress as their CMS.

WordPress 5.0 Call To Action

Should You Update to WordPress 5.0

There is a lot to consider before updating. How many plug-ins do you use? How much of your site is tied to custom plug-ins, or 3rd party technologies? Have those technologies updated to be compliant with 5.0.

A good example of this is Advanced Custom Fields, a plug-in used by MANY WordPress developers.

Here is what you see as of this morning. 100% compatibility with WordPress 4.9.8. and Unknown for 5.0.

Advanced Custom Fields

Personally, BBG considers this an issue and would not update a site until that says 100%. WordPress sites could utilize many plug-ins, so checking into every single one and every single technology connection is important before making this update.

Back-Up Your Site!

Before you update to WordPress 5.0 create a back-up of your site. This is critical. Your digital ecosystem is comprised of the WordPress CMS as well as connections to external sources and external sources talking to your CMS. You want to make sure that all of these work.

Our Recommendation Is To Wait

As this is new TODAY, BBG recommends waiting on updating your site. Plenty of early adopters will find bugs, transitional issues, non-compatible plug-ins and there will be a scramble to fix over the next few months. Let that happen before you update.

If You Need Help With This Update, or Help Understanding Gutenberg Reach Out

Feel free to contact Bright Bright Great. Happy to help!

Update 2018 12/14: WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release is out with a sizable amount of security patches and updates. We still recommend backing up and checking your plug-ins for compatibility, but we can now safely recommend the update knowing that most plug-ins have updated and security issues have been patched.

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Clutch Names Bright Bright Great to Global 2018 Clutch 1000 List

The Clutch 1000 features the top 1000 B2B companies around the world, ranked by reviews, clients, work portfolio, and brand reputation.

B2B research, ratings, and reviews company Clutch announced the top 1000 B2B companies around the world based on their ability to deliver: number, recency, and quality of client reviews; clients served, work portfolio, and brand reputation and visibility in their target market. This is a new and exclusive honor for B2B services firms in 2018. It recognizes the companies that have gone above and beyond for their clients.

“These 1000 firms demonstrated an exceptional ability to deliver quality products and services for their clients,” Clutch Senior Business Analyst DJ Fajana said. “It’s our honor to welcome them into The Clutch 1000 and highlight their superior commitment to their clients.”

Bright Bright Great came in at a very respectable #86 and we could not be more excited!

This is a testament to both our amazing team and clients. We love what we do and working with amazing teams across the globe to launch successful campaigns. I would personally like to thank our staff and clients for making this happen.

Jason Schwartz, Managing Director

View Bright Bright Great’s profile on Clutch to learn more about our services and our ranking.

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BBG is Hiring a Pixel Perfect Front-End WordPress Developer

BBG is looking for a Senior Front End Developer who is passionate about interfaces, user-friendly interactions, and well-documented, bug-free code. You’ll be working closely with our design team, the rest of the development team, and clients to solve problems and create effective solutions to meet both user experience and business goals.

Requirements:

  • 5 years WordPress experience
  • Experience with reactive Javascript frameworks (Vue, Angular, React, etc)
  • Familiarity with advanced CSS techniques such as flexbox and grid
  • Experience with SCSS or other preprocessors
  • Familiarity with Grunt or similar task runners
  • Experience with simple API integrations (ie: MailChimp), understand concept of API integration
  • Experience working within legacy codebases
  • Familiarity with Git and Git branching models such as Gitflow
  • Familiarity with Shopify/WooCommerce
  • Understand basics of SEO optimization for modern web practices

Bonus:

  • Experience with with any of the following: Shopify, Salesforce, Pardot, Hubspot, CraftCMS
  • Experience with any other server-side languages.
  • Email development

About You:

  • Clear Communicator
  • Detail Oriented
  • Thoughtful
  • Personable
  • Optimistic
  • Problem Solver
  • Client Facing Communication
  • Desire to Learn and Push Self

About Us:
BBG is a close-knit team of designers, developers and strategists who genuinely enjoy our time working together. We value diversity and empower all employees to have an active role in steering our team forward. We take our snacks and beverages seriously–we’re known for our summer happy hour parties, and we always have La Croix, Coke Zero, and cocktail/mocktail ingredients within reach.

Our office is dog-friendly as well as human-friendly!

How to Apply:
Send an email to careers@brightbrightgreat.com with:

  • Subject line: 2018 Front-End WordPress Developer
  • A brief introduction to yourself, highlighting relevant work experience
  • Why you are interested in this role at BBG
  • A link to live sites you’ve built, Git, etc. we need to view your actual code.
  • Salary requirements

No recruiters. BBG is an equal opportunity employer.

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BBG Is Hiring A Full Stack WordPress Developer with E-Commerce and Tech Integration Experience

We’re looking for a Full-Stack WordPress Developer with E-Commerce experience passionate about elegant, well-documented, bug-free code. You’ll be working closely with our design team, the rest of the development team, and clients to solve problems and create effective solutions to meet both user experience and business goals.

Requirements:

  • 5 years WordPress experience
  • 5 years PHP experience
  • 5 years experience building semi-custom and custom ecommerce solutions.
  • Familiarity with Stripe and Authorize.net
  • Experience with complex API integrations, familiarity with REST API concepts and best practices
  • Experience with creating database architecture for MySQL (or other SQL databases) and writing complex database queries
  • Experience working within legacy codebases
  • Familiarity with Git and Git branching models such as Gitflow
  • Ability to jump into legacy and custom codebases to make changes

Bonus:

  • Experience with API integration with any of the following services: Salesforce, Pardot
  • Experience with any other server-side languages

About You:

  • Clear Communicator
  • Detail Oriented
  • Thoughtful
  • Personable
  • Optimistic
  • Problem Solver
  • Client Facing Communication
  • Desire to Learn and Push Self

About Us:
BBG is a close-knit team of designers, developers and strategists who genuinely enjoy our time working together. We value diversity and empower all employees to have an active role in steering our team forward. We take our snacks and beverages seriously–we’re known for our summer happy hour parties, and we always have La Croix, Coke Zero, and cocktail/mocktail ingredients within reach.

Our office is dog-friendly as well as human-friendly!

How to Apply:
Send an email to careers@brightbrightgreat.com with:

  • Subject line: 2018 Full Stack Developer
  • A brief introduction to yourself, highlighting relevant work experience
  • Why you are interested in this role at BBG
  • Salary Requirements
  • A link to live sites you’ve built, Git, etc. we need to view your actual code.

No recruiters. BBG is an equal opportunity employer.

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Jason Schwartz

New Work: Brand, Strategy, Digital Experience and Print Collateral for Wild Bum

Bright Bright Great is excited to share the launch of Wild Bum, the next big adventure for travelers seeking exclusive curated experiences.

Wild Bum Brand Identity

Wild Bum is a modern, online global marketplace that evokes a sense of adventure and well-being! Their mission is to shift the mindset around travel. Travel is not a luxury, rather it is essential to our health and well-being!

The project began as a one woman show with a passion for travel, community and adventure. Spending days, if not weeks, researching what makes for a meaningful travel experience, she began selling her travel guides. She saw how some people get excited about researching for travel, while others get completely overwhelmed.

Now, there is an online marketplace that unites both those who love to research travel and those who do not, creating one big, wild global community!

Wild Bum Illustrations

Wild Bum Print and Marketing Materials

Wild Bum Digital

This has been an amazing project for the BBG team working through complex data, functionality and user experience.

Visit Wild Bum and roam like a local

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Dockers & WeWork Present: Always On Sessions (Recap)

“This was a fantastic night with Dockers, WeWork and the amazing speaker panel. BBG thanks all involved for putting this together. Furthermore, free pants!”

— Jason Schwartz, Managing Director

Recap Photography:

Dockers WeWork Always On Session ChicagoDockers WeWork Always On Sessions IntroductionsDockers WeWork Always On Sessions IntroductionsDockers WeWork Always On Sessions Speakers Dockers WeWork Always On Sessions Q&ADockers WeWork Always On Sessions Antonio GarciaDockers WeWork Always On Sessions Jason SchwartzDockers WeWork Always On Sessions Crowd Participation Q&ADockers WeWork Always On Sessions Antonio Garcia and Dockers Representative

About Dockers Always On Sessions:

Dockers Always On Sessions is a speaker series designed for you. Docker’s has teamed up with WeWork on a series of happy hours featuring up-and-coming entrepreneurs and influencers, covering everything from technology to travel.

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Custom Typeface Design ATC Showpad

ATC Showpad ATC Arquette Custom Typeface & Licensing

Bright Bright Great and Avondale Type Co. have collaborated to create a unique custom cut of ATC’s highly popular ATC Arquette, creating ATC Showpad, for Showpad.

Showpad is a Netherlands-based marketing and sales technology company.

“This was an important modification to an already excellent typeface to align more closely with corporate brand.” said Jason Schwartz, Managing Director

ATC Showpad ATC Arquette Sample of Custom Typeface

Showpad Website using ATC Showpad

More importantly than the aesthetic change in various characters, this custom typeface utilized unique licensing which allowed for global usage in an unlimited number of mediums. This was critical as the company continues to grow at an aggressive pace and requires flexibility in licensing.

ATC Arquette, most popular sans serif typeface

About Showpad:

Our mission is to empower sales and marketing to sell the way buyers want to buy. We deliver by providing training and coaching solutions that transform sellers into trusted advisors and by making it easy for sales and marketing teams to deliver the right content and the right experience to buyers. That way, buyers can buy smarter — and faster.

About Avondale Type Co.:

Avondale Type Co. is a Chicago-based team of type designers who make custom typefaces with flexible licensing for corporate needs. All ATC fonts are web-safe and ATC offers flexible licensing for any and all usage from print and digital through broadcast.

Custom Typeface Creation and Flexible Licensing

Related: Bright Bright Great has partnered with Comcast’s Chicag0-based Strata for licensing of ATC Arquette

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Dockers & WeWork Present: Always On Sessions

“Lucky for everyone I’ve been “always on” since 1979.”

— Jason Schwartz

Dockers and WeWork Always On Sessions

Our Creative Director Jason Schwartz will be speaking with an amazing panel at WeWork Wednesday Oct 10 with Dockers discussing Digital Marketing, Empathy, Authenticity and Change.

Tickets are free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dockers-always-on-sessions-digital-marketing-tickets-48663186902

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