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Bright Bright Great Welcomes Kara Shim as Designer

Bright Bright Great would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Designer, Kara Shim to the team. Kara will be assisting BBG on our Design team as well as our Avondale Type Co. type and Mlmtr photography teams.

Kara Shim Designer

Name & Role

Kara Shim, Design Apprentice

What got you interested in (your role)?

I had heard about BBG and was snooping around the website for job opportunities. I saw the position for the role the day AFTER applications were due and applied with my fingers crossed – and here I am. Thankful I made it.

What interested you in working at BBG?

I knew BBG would be a place that would push me as a designer. They had the small studio vibe I was looking for but they still strived for excellence and made great work. I heard they were very hands on and collaborative as well and these were all aspects I was looking for in a job.

What skills are you excited to polish, or learn in the next few years?

Definitely looking forward to developing my UI/UX skills. I had a strong fine arts background before diving into design and there’s a lot of aspects to web that I’m looking forward to learning and practicing.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?

I like being around people so I’m usually hanging out with friends. I love good food so I enjoy finding new, cool places to eat (especially ramen places, I’m a sucker for good ramen). Aside from that I draw and I daydream a lot more than I should – I also adore funky jewelry and will go great lengths for some sweet earrings or rings.

Who is currently inspiring you the most creatively in design?

Currently design crushing on Leta Sobierajski. But also really inspired by a lot of Korean and Japanese designers as well.

Who is currently inspiring you the most creatively in a field outside of graphic design?

Matisse has always been an influence for me.

What is your favorite fast food menu item?
 
Fries, duh. Always get BBQ sauce with them too. Always.

What’s something people are surprised to learn about you?

I spent most of my life growing up overseas – I was born and raised in Illinois and before moving with my family. I primarily lived in Kyrgyzstan and Thailand for 10 years of my life and came back to Illinois for college.

But the real shocker to people is that I was homeschooled for a few years in elementary to middle school. People are always shocked by that because they expect me to be weirder than I am. Little do they know I’m actually super weird I can just hide it really well.

Also I’m left-handed. For some reason people who have known me always lose it when they hear that.

Were you Prom Queen?

My school was tiny so I feel like this doesn’t mean much – but yes I was my junior year. Wasn’t that great.

What would you name your boat if you had one?

The Yellow Duck.

What’s a body part that you wouldn’t mind losing?

I feel like I could live without one of my toes. Do you need all of your toes?

Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?

20 minutes early – because I’m already usually 10 minutes late.

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Be sure to follow Kara:
Kara Shim Instagram
Kara Shim LinkedIn

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Jason Schwartz

Press: Capitalist Improv – Bright Bright Great Creative Director Amy Schwartz Interviewed by Communication Arts

Amy Schwartz Creative Director

An Interview with Bright Bright Great Creative Director Amy Schwartz on Communication Arts
Posted: Aug 29, 2017

When and how did you find your passion for design?

In my freshman year of high school, I took an introduction to journalism class that covered not only the basics of journalism writing, but also how to create print layouts in InDesign. I became hooked. My junior year, I became editor in chief of the paper and soon realized that while I enjoy writing, my true passion is design. I was completely enamored by the idea that different layouts and elements—photographs, captions, infographics, pull quotes—could directly affect the way a reader understands the information on the page.

My senior year, I became editor in chief of design, and another talented student became editor in chief of copy. Together, we collaborated on the intersection of form and content. It was a truly incredible experience to have before I even turned eighteen. I nervously abandoned my half-finished applications for college journalism programs and applied to college design programs.

Now it’s coming full circle, as I am continuing my career as a designer who writes.

Read the full article with Amy Schwartz on Communication Arts.

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Bright Bright Great Named Top 7 Chicago-Based Web Development Companies by TopAgency

Bright Bright Great Makes it to the Top 7 Chicago-based Web Development Companies

TopAgency Web Developer Chicago

Today TopAgency, a global research-and-review firm, has published results of the annual research on Chicago-based Companies that are offering web development services to its domestic and international clients. The review report has highlighted the leading companies of the city, ranking Bright Bright Great among the top seven.

Bright Bright Great was chosen for the ranking, over a dozen of other leading web development service providers in Chicago, on the basis of a number of parameters. We have earned high ratings from our clients on customer satisfaction rates, reliability, post-launch support, ROI, potential repeat business rates, and other review measures.

The expert analysts have also ranked us high on our ability at innovation, market presence, client base, repeat business rates, technical expertise in complex projects, scalability of services, and our competence in dealing with the upcoming technological changes and trends.

The analysts have commended our work process for web development and focus on creativity. They have verified with their stringent assessment that our web designs, which are appealingly creative on the front-end, also have strong data science foundation at the back-end. Other services that have garnered accolades by the review platform include brand strategising, attention to UX/UI details, and digital marketing.

How was the Research done?

TopAgency has evaluated a number of web development companies from Chicago, of both medium and large scales. These companies were initially assessed through a qualifying algorithm that mostly calculated their reliability. Afterwards, the selected companies were evaluated by analysts on the basis of basic parameters like customer support, pricing, scalability of services, technologies used, user ability, client base, associated brand names, and consumer reviews.

After testing all the companies on these crucial measures, a penetration analysis was conducted to assess the comparative competence of each of the qualified firms. Experts evaluated the portfolio and project approach of the companies to find out their capacity for innovation. Furthermore, genuine client reviews were collected to affirm the accurate customer satisfaction rates. Other factors calculated during this penetration analysis include historical growth, study of lawsuits (if any), and technical expertise at handling complicated requirements.

After proving its excellence on all these measures, Bright Bright Great has earned a rank among the most reputed web development companies of the city of the lakes and prairies.

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Bright Bright Great Welcomes Ken Barrios as Front-End Developer

Bright Bright Great would like to extend a warm welcome our new Front-End Developer, Ken Barrios, to the team. Ken will be assisting BBG on our Technology team.

Ken Barrios

 

What is your official title at BBG?

Ken Barrios, Front-End Developer

What got you interested in development?

Three years ago, I came across an online ad for toys that were intended to teach toddlers the basic principles of programming. Seeing that made me realize that it was just a matter of time before coding would become a standard part of learning: just like reading, writing, and arithmetic. I decided I needed to get ahead of curve and dive into coding.

What interested you in working at BBG?

A friend forwarded me the link to the apprenticeship program at BBG. After doing some research about the firm it became clear that this is a design studio that is generating a lot of buzz, winning acclaim, and getting tapped for exciting projects. As someone new to web development and design, I knew that this would be an amazing opportunity to learn from the best.

 

What is your favorite fast food menu item?

The Wendy’s Baconator. If I have an opportunity to Baconate, I Baconate.

What do you hope to learn during your time at BBG?

Regarding web development: I’m hoping to get a better handle on the thought process needed to see a website through from start to finish, and learning to how efficiently organize my code by keeping everything as modularized as possible. Regarding design: I’m hoping to learn to think through a website with the user in mind, while also picking up lessons about how to choose appropriate color palettes, typefaces, and spacing.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?

When I’m not at work I’m either: running for an hour or two along the Lake Front Path, riding around the city on my fixed gear bike, or seeing the latest films at The Music Box. I also like follow political and architectural magazines like Jacobin and Metropolis.

Do you have any pets?

Nay. I like other people’s pets, but I don’t want to take care of my own.

What is your favorite place that you have ever visited, US-based, or international?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few spots in Central and South America, and I went to France once. But I think that my favorite place was India. I spent a month touring India from Hyderabad, to Bangaluru, to Puducherry. I need to go back to finally see Mumbai and New Delhi.

What’s something people are surprised to learn about you?

During my college years, my comrades and I successfully stopped the military from recruiting on our college campus. I’m also 99% positive that I coined the slogan “Undocumented Unafraid” in 2009.

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Bright Bright Great Welcomes Mackenzie Freemire as Art Director

Bright Bright Great is delighted to welcome our new Art Director/Designer, Mackenzie Freemire, to the team. Mack will be assisting with Art Direction.

Mackenzie Freemire Designer

What is your official title at BBG?

Mackenzie Freemire, Art Director

What got you interested in design?

I went into college thinking I wanted to be a photojournalist. When I went in to register for classes, my advisor urged me to take some graphic design classes—and here we are.

What interested you in working at BBG?

As a young designer, I’m constantly hungry to learn and grow and never become stagnant in my practice. The best way I can do this is by observing people and studios that are at the top, pushing limits and taking on innovative design projects regularly. I have so much to learn from BBG—at that challenge was immediately enticing to me.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on to this point?

I created a magazine 2 years about called Hush Magazine, which was a passion project for me. Hush focuses on the subject of Time, and how we use it, waste it, feel it, etc. I created about 2-3 original sets of work and design for each of the first three issues, and for the rest of the content I curated photos, poetry, painting, and other mediums that I have artists from all over the country submit to be in the magazine. Not only did I get to collaborate with other artists, but I got to create a piece of art that people can hold and experience and feel in their hands.

What is your favorite Taco Bell menu item?

Chicken Quesadilla, hands down. Who knows what that sauce is, but I’m into it.

What do you hope to learn during your time at BBG?

I hope to dive into the world of digital design and learn as much as I can about UI, UX, and pushing the limits on the way we interact with design digitally for the best experience possible.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?

I shoot photography for fun almost every weekend as a way to get off my computer and work with other creatives and friends. I also enjoy decorating my apartment, getting brunch, and dreaming things with friends.

Who are some designers/agencies/artists that are inspiring you right now?
Hey Studio, Instrument, Sagmeister & Walsh, Jimmy Marble, and all my friends.

Do you have any pets?

I’m not exactly an animal person (don’t tell anyone).

What is your favorite place that you have ever visited, US-based, or international?

I have been to Paris multiple times, and it is always as magical as I remember. I think the French language is amazing—the buildings, the art, the shops, and of course the chocolate croissants.

What’s something people are surprised to learn about you?

I have a weird love for strawberry jell-o. It has always been my favorite food, it’s just a weird comforting thing from my childhood. Fun fact: every job I have ever applied to (including BBG) the subject line has been Strawberry Jello.

Mackenzie Freemire Photography

Follow Mack on Instagram.

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Bright Bright Great Welcomes Amy Schwartz as Creative Director

Amy Schwartz Designer

PRESS CONTACT
Jason Schwartz, Owner Bright Bright Great
sayhello@brightbrightgreat.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bright Bright Great Announces New Creative Director, Amy Schwartz

Chicago, IL – Tech and design agency Bright Bright Great welcomes new Creative Director Amy Schwartz to oversee all design, user experience, and brand strategy. Schwartz is well-known in the Chicago design community for her work as Design Director at Cards Against Humanity and Vice President of Member Experience for AIGA Chicago.

Already part of the Bright Bright Great family, Schwartz is excited to return home and invest in agency. “I started my design career as an intern at Bright Bright Great in 2011, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team again,” says Schwartz. “I’m excited to bring the knowledge and skills I’ve gained since then back into the Bright Bright Great team, and to continue pushing the limits of contemporary, effective design work.”

Schwartz’s design style is influenced by the years she spent earning a Masters in Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, famous for producing some of the best designers in the country, including Charles Eames and Florence Knoll.

Schwartz previously served as the Design Director at the best-selling party game, Cards Against Humanity. Notorious for their huge, public stunts and generous charitable gifts, Schwartz has directed a variety of large scale design projects for the company including a full-ride scholarship for women in STEM, several holiday promotions, and rebrand for packaging and e-commerce. Before that, Schwartz worked at numerous design-focused agencies in Chicago and Detroit, including gravitytank and Skidmore Studio. Select past clients include Motorola, the NFL, and Google.

Schwartz is noted in the Chicago design community for her desire to uplift and support those she works with, demonstrated in her experience as Adjunct Professor at DePaul University. She currently serves as Vice President of Member Experience for AIGA Chicago and hosts yearly workshops for students in design.

“Effective teams recognize the importance of each individual, whether they are an intern or C-suite. I facilitate ways for my clients and the creative team to mesh into one, where all ideas are considered, explored, and tested– until we solve the problem together,” says Schwartz.

Bright Bright Great has worked with clients worldwide, including Comcast, The University of Chicago, chewy.com, Nike and Hightower Financial. They recently rebranded American Needle, one of the largest retailers of sports related headwear, as they celebrate their 100 year anniversary.

To work with Bright Bright Great and Amy Schwartz, contact Chief Creative Officer Jason Schwartz at sayhello@brightbrightgreat.com or Jason Schwartz on Twitter.

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Top 20 Digital Marketing Agencies In Illinois

Bright Bright Great has been named as one of the Top 20 Digital Marketing Agencies in Illinois by CopyPress.

Per the CP Blog:

It’s time to dive into the next location, and today we’re reviewing Illinois’ top digital marketing agencies. Much like New York, the large majority of agencies are located in one city. In this case, that city is Chicago. Let’s see what the Windy City has to offer!

Full article here…
http://www.copypress.com/blog/top-20-digital-marketing-agencies-illinois/

A major thank you to Courtni Casanova at CopyPress for the nod.

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

Originally posted by Clutch.co, March 23, 2017 here. Bright Bright Great is the only agency in Chicago to be recognized in both the Top Digital Agency and Top Web Designer categories. Bright Bright Great was also recognized in 2016 and 2015.

This updated research distinguishes twelve full-service digital agencies and fifteen web design companies in Chicago that provide outstanding service to their clients. 

Top Chicago Digital Agencies Badge  Top Chicago Web Designers Badge

WASHINGTON, DC, March 23rd, 2017 — Today, Clutch published an updated report highlighting top Chicago full-service digital agencies and web design companies.

The leading Chicago digital agencies are: Mabbly, Walker Sands Digital, SoMe Connect, VisionFriendly.com, Digital Third Coast, Idea Marketing Group, Inc., BatesMeron Sweet Design, Mightybytes, Bright Bright Great, Operation Technology, Rule29 Creative, and Killian Branding.

The leading Chicago web design companies are: Straight North, Codal, Myplanet, VisionFriendly.com, Intechnic, Motivo Media, EDUCO, Angle180, Olive Street Design, LaunchPad Lab, ePageCity, Mightybytes, Bright Bright Great, StickOutSocial, and Duo Consulting.

“As online presence is becoming increasingly important to businesses’ success, there is a growing need for strong digital partners,” said Michael Block, Analyst at Clutch. “The leading agencies and web design companies we’ve identified have proven their value in the market by being able to deliver on many crucial aspects of digital service, ultimately transforming a company’s presence online.”

Clutch analysts weighed a number of different characteristics in order to fully evaluate Chicago agencies. This included a heavy focus on the digital services offered by these companies. Client interviews, previous experience, and marketplace presence also played a large role in Clutch’s evaluation.

Clutch’s effort to identify top Chicago agencies is ongoing, and the firm encourages agencies to apply to contribute to future research updates. Upcoming publications will highlight agencies in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

The full research and reviews can be found here:

https://clutch.co/agencies/digital/chicago

https://clutch.co/agencies/digital/chicago/research

https://clutch.co/web-designers/chicago/

https://clutch.co/web-designers/chicago/research

 

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2017 03-27 Noted on Yahoo Finance

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Do Gooders: BBG Added as Corporate Sponsor with University of Oklahoma Benefit Concert for International Student Relief

Sometimes BBG needs to take a stand. We wish we could do this for every university, but doing something is a start.

For Immediate Release

University of Oklahoma School of Music Benefit Concert for International Student Relief

With travel policies constantly changing, international student bodies across college campuses have been significantly impacted and are in dire need of emergency funding to get through the summer, as many of these students will not be able to return to their countries to access home banking.  Without this ability, combined with the fact that international students cannot legally work in the US, they are essentially stuck with no means of support.

The OU School of Music, in partnership with the College of International Studies, will put on a benefit concert on May 8, 2017 at the OU School of Music Concert Hall, to raise essential funding that will help OU students in need. 

BBG is proud to be sponsoring this event.  

If you would like to add additional support for international students in need:

Catlett Music Center
c/o Dr. Dan Schwartz
500 W. Boyd St.
Norman, OK 73019

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BBG Art Director Alex Sheyn Awarded AIGA Chicago Emerging Designer of the Year Award

Congratulations are in order for Bright Bright Great Art Director Alex Sheyn, for being awarded AIGA Chicago‘s Emerging Designer of the Year Award 2017.

Alex Sheyn AIGA Chicago Emerging Designer of the Year Award Recipient 2017

AIGA Chicago’s Biggest Night

On April 13th, we’ll gather at Loft on Lake to honor this year’s recipients of the 2017 AIGA Chicago Awards—an unparalleled group of talent that has enhanced the profession, impact and culture of design in Chicago. We’re recognizing designers, companies, and organizations whose work strives to unite all ages, disciplines, races, income, genders, and perspectives in the design community, reduce violence in Chicago, and bolster K-12 design education.

Get more event details and RSVP here to join us for an evening of drinks, light bites, and celebratory cheers. We’ll be dressed in our best cocktail attire and hope you will be too.

And now, the winners you’ve been waiting for…

The Fellow Award
Carlos Segura

The Corporate Leadership Award
Cards Against Humanity

The Above & Beyond Award
Kelly Knaga

The Emerging Designer Award
Sophia Brown, 
Jenna Blazevich, and 
Alex Sheyn

Congratulations to our outstanding recipients who raise the standards for Chicago design.

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