Apprenticeship Recap: Kara Shim

Tiffany Stoik and Kara Shim

What is the most important thing you learned during your apprenticeship?

The most important skill I learned at BBG was definitely client interactions.

Knowing how to present and explain design work to clients was a huge learning curve and was something that I really appreciated about my apprenticeship. I had to jump straight into into meetings and presentations, and that hands-on approach was super helpful for me – I have so much more confidence now when it comes to interacting with clients.

“You won’t be spoon-fed. You will be thrust right into projects and will learn by doing.”

What is the best part of working at BBG?

Honestly, the people that work here are amazing. The team is so much fun and everyone works together really well. Aside from the work itself, who you work with is so, so important and learning from and alongside these talented humans has been wonderful.

What should someone know before applying for a BBG apprenticeship?

You won’t be spoon-fed. You will be thrust right into projects and will learn by doing, so be ready for that.

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Apprenticeship Recap: Ken Barrios

What is the most important thing you learned during your apprenticeship.

On the technical side: I feel like the most important things I learned were both how to work on WordPress sites, particularly with the aid of Vue.js, Carbon Fields, and an “atomic” approach to CSS.

On the cultural side: the crew opened my eyes to Beyonce, Frank Ocean, and SZA. What an empty life I lived before this.

“Anticipating what gaps need to be filled in a design, and being conscious of what engineering steps I’ve overlooked, have been some of my biggest lessons. These are things that I continue to work on. But also: salads.”

What is the best part of working at BBG?

This is firm that is predominantly femme and it comes across in the energy of the office.

Everyone is warm, supportive, energetic, and hardworking. The office lacks the egos and posturing of predominantly-dude offices where everyone is in competition with each other instead of being in sync.

What should someone know before applying for a BBG apprenticeship?

This place is full of people that enthusiastically support each other, work hard, and thrive on positive energy. If you’d like to be part of that, then this is the place for you. But beware: there are no easily accessible coffee shops…

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Jason Schwartz

Development Apprenticeship Applications Now Open (Summer 2018)

Chicago Development Apprenticeship

Applications Due By: June 4th, 2018

Apprentice to Start: July 2018

We’re looking to provide a working education to an entry-level Front-End Developer who’s passionate about interfaces, user-friendly interactions AND clean, bug free code.

You’ll be working closely with our design team, development team, and clients to solve problems and create effective solutions to meet both user experience and business goals.

This is a 9 month paid Apprenticeship in our Chicago office with evaluation for hire/extension.

Requirements:

  • Basic experience with HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • Basic understanding of control flow and conditional logic
  • Basic experience with at least one server-side language (PHP, Python, Ruby, Node.js, etc)

Things You Will Learn About:

  • WordPress, PHP
  • Proper HTML & CSS standards and tools
  • Javascript, Vue.js
  • Interaction Design
  • Responsive Email Development
  • Fixing Bugs
  • APIs and Integration
  • Working with designers and developers
  • Working with clients
  • UX Development
  • Working with a small team to grow your skills
  • Walking clients through identifying helpful debugging information
  • Working within existing codebase
  • Planning out a content management strategy for complex content-heavy sites
  • Using apps such as Slack, Asana, Sketch, Google Apps, Hangouts, etc.
  • Collaboration
  • Organization and time management to hit deadlines
  • Git/GitHub
  • Discussion around process, strategy, and the story behind coding decisions

Additional Skills You May Learn:

  • Salesforce
  • Pardot
  • Hubspot
  • Shopify

Personality Traits That Are Important To Us:

  • Clear Communicator
  • Detail Oriented
  • Thoughtful
  • Personable
  • Optimistic
  • Problem Solver

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!

Wonder what it’s like to work at BBG?
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How to Apply:
Send an email to careers@brightbrightgreat.com with:

  • Subject line: 2018 Front-end Development Apprenticeship
  • A brief introduction to yourself, highlighting relevant work experience
  • Why you are interested in this role at BBG
  • A link to your online portfolio
  • A link to your Twitter, GitHub, Codepen, and other social profiles.

No recruiters.

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Jason Schwartz

Bright Bright Great Named Top 2018 Digital Agency by Clutch

WASHINGTONMarch 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Clutch, a leading B2B ratings and reviews site, has released a report highlighting the top-ranked creative and design agency and developer in Chicago.

Clutch provides independent, quantitative, and qualitative analysis on leading services firms which makes this recognition even more honorable. We’re excited to be considered amongst the best web design agencies in Chicago and we anticipate our industry expertise will only increase in 2018.

Bright Bright Great is excited to have been named a Top Creative & Design Agency, as well as a Top Developer for Chicago in 2018.

Based on our client feedback, our services, and Clutch’s rating methodology, BBG was listed as a leader in the Chicago web design, full-service digital, digital strategy, PHP developers and digital design categories.

“As the online economy grows, having a strong digital presence is important in a bustling city like Chicago,” said Sara Philibotte, business analyst at Clutch. “These leaders stand out from the crowd, with not only their diverse and specialized skills but also their commitment to staying on top of the latest digital trends. This expert knowledge, along with unmatched customer service, earns them a top spot in our rankings, and we are excited to award them the praise they deserve.”

Read the full Press Release on PR Newswire.

Clutch Top Design and Creative Agency Chicago 2018

We are proud of the testimonials and our five-star client reviews on Clutch that contributed to us being selected as one of the leading creative and design agencies in Chicago.

“We worked collaboratively to an unbelievable degree. They were extremely attentive to our needs.” – SVP of Revenue & Marketing, Advertising Company

“I’ve had several people comment on how nice the logo is when they’ve seen our marketing materials.”—Founder, True Wealth Advisory Group

“Bright Bright Great’s goals were completely aligned with mine.” –Owner, Rit Dye

Thank you to our clients for sharing your experiences working with our team. We really enjoyed reading your reviews and look forward to maintaining our standing as a leading Chicago agency. 

View Bright Bright Great’s ratings on Clutch.

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Jason Schwartz

We All Have A Choice

This has been a great PR week for large companies who have been called out on social media to ditch discounts for NRA members, turning a petition into something good.

It’s important to remember that all companies large and small–and employees within companies–have opportunities to do business with companies who do good, help people, and push humanity forward. This also means choosing not to work with companies who do bad things.

It has always been a policy of Bright Bright Great to work with companies who have a positive impact and avoid supporting dangerous products and clients who are looking to trick users. (You would actually be surprised by how many people contact BBG to create dark pattern experiences, or simplified dangerous experiences.) BBG isn’t a large corporation where pulling our support gets us a nice press release, we just want to be clear with those who want to partner with us.

We will never use good design to sell bad things to people.

Companies large and small have opportunities like this as part of every single business development meeting, and it shouldn’t take being called out online after a tragedy to make these decisions.

Congratulations to MetLife, Symantec, LifeLock, Best Western, Wyndam, Alamo, National, Enterprise Rent A Car, First National Bank of Omaha, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Norton Online, North American VL, Allied, Simplisafe, Chubb, United, Delta & TrueCar.

As of time of this post, Amazon, FedEx and Google are still working with the NRA, which is unfortunate and should be reconsidered.

Let’s all be real with ourselves for a minute and recognize that it’s all of us, not only large companies being thrown into the social media fire that can make an impact in other’s lives.

Jason Schwartz, Managing Director

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