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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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New Work: Celebrating 100 Years of Color with Rit Dye

For over 100 years, Rit Dye has been on a mission to deliver enduringly beautiful color to our most loved fabrics. Introduced in 1918, 2018 marks Rit’s 100 year anniversary and also marks the launch of their new digital experience and digital tools for every dyeing process.

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The BBG team also had the amazing opportunity to shoot with Barbie Roadkill for the Rit Site in her home studio.

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Learn more about Rit Dye and their 100 years of dyeing

(Before shot for posterity)

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Cabin Fever – BBG Retreat 2017

The BBG team headed to Saugatauk, in Eastern MI for a lock-in to explore where BBG is headed in 2018 and beyond as well as prepare for our BBG X website launching early next year.


  1. This was a cabin in the middle of nowhere.
  2. Every restaurant in Saugatauk advised us “not to get the special”
  3. We spent many hours by a fireplace.
  4. The back of our cabin lead to a trail bringing up thoughts from Creepshow 2’s “The Raft.”
  5. We watched Riverdale and drank wine.
  6. Less vomit than our retreat to Cedar Point.
  7. Avondale Shrimp Co. was born.

Some of our favorites from our cabin adventure.

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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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