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

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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.

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Bright Bright Great Participating in the Hotel of Tomorrow Project

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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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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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BBG Recognized Among Top WordPress Developers of 2020 according to DesignRush

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.

Jason Schwartz, Creative Director, Partner

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.

About DesignRush:

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.

 

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KIWI arts GROUP 2020 Reimagined

Deliverables: Strategy, Branding, Environmental, Printed Collateral, & Ephemera

Bright Bright Great collaborates with the award-winning archive Kiwi Arts to launch a sweet new design system, priming them for expansive growth.

 

Experience it yourself

Our approach sought to reinvent the user experience considering every step of the user journey …

About KIWI:

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.

Our Process:

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 Mark:

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.

The Team

Greer Mosher, Art Director

Hemza Hajyousif, Designer

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Bright Bright Great Participating in the Hotel of Tomorrow Project

“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.”

Jason Schwartz, Creative Director, Partner

About the Hotel of Tomorrow

Hotel of Tomorrow 2020 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2020

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.

The Hotel of Tomorrow Website

To learn more visit the Hotel of Tomorrow website. Design and Development, Bright Bright Great, 2020.

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The Business Value of Design

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.

Read the Full Article and Download the Business Value of Design PDF at McKinsey’s site.

The Business Value of Design McKinsey

About McKinsey & 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.

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