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Apprenticeship Recap – Maayan Brown

Maayan Brown BBG

I discovered BBG while still in Portfolio School after an instructor recommended them, and knew that an apprenticeship there would be more valuable than finishing the school year. Their fine work and forward-thinking in the design and digital space drew me in, and after my interview with Jason Schwartz, the Creative Director, I knew working at BBG would really propel me forward as a designer. Nobody else I had met had been as critical of my work as he was.

“Your best work is what I’ll expect from you, and your worst work is what I’ll judge you on.”

It was both scary and exciting to be held to such high standards.

The team at BBG knows how to take things from mundane to visually engaging. I hadn’t worked in digital before, and I learned a tremendous amount about how a small but successful digital agency works by designing for web and mobile, helping to lead projects, and corresponding with clients. As a result of all this experience, my layout skills and eye for typography have improved significantly. I enjoy looking back at past projects and not only noticing problematic design aspects but also recognizing how they could be improved.

Working at a small company means that you’re more than just a designer; you’re involved in all facets of project management.

This diversity of responsibility can be challenging, but it also means that you get more valuable experience, which makes you more versatile and skilled.

Additionally, working for a small company allows you to take greater creative control of a project and have more of a say in its artistic direction. I produced work at BBG that I can proudly represent as my own.

Being a slightly shy person, I struggled with nerves when it came to communicating with clients, but I definitely felt that I had more confidence by the end of the apprenticeship. The experience was certainly challenging, but it also enabled me to develop professionally. I constantly exerted myself mentally and creatively, occasionally working on weekends and late nights to get the results needed. It was definitely worth it, though!

The best part of the apprenticeship was being able to work as part of BBG’s awesome crew. I appreciated receiving feedback from unquestionably qualified and talented creatives (although some things in design are subjective, of course).

Lastly, the apprenticeship was a lot of fun. I have plenty of fond memories—going out to lunch, photoshoots, and even riding roller coasters at Cedar Point (though I actually hate roller coasters…).

My co-workers were great, and we always had the attitude of “we’re all in this together.”

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Jason Schwartz

Bright Bright Great Welcomes Maayan Brown as Designer

Bright Bright Great is delighted to welcome our new Designer, Maayan Brown, to the team. Maayan will be assisting our Art Directors and learning alongside our full team.

As part of her first day, we sat down to ask some questions about what brought her to the BBG team and what drives her. Read her answers below!

Maayan Brown BBG

What is your official title at BBG?

Designer

What got you interested in design?

I’ve always been artistic but focused mostly on motion graphics and illustration in art school. I recently became more interested in graphic design and was able to get some really good mentorship from talented designers here in Chicago, which helped me sharpen my typographic and conceptual skills. Design is art with a purpose, and it’s a very gratifying field to be in. Seeing a beautifully designed piece of work makes me awed and happy- and I aim to create things that make me (and others) feel that way.

What interested you in working at BBG?

A mentor told me about BBG and said it would a great learning experience at a wonderful company. I could tell from a glance that the work BBG puts out is strong, good design and I knew I’d be honored to get a chance to learn from the talented people who work here.

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

In school I did a rebrand for FTD (Florists’ Transworld Delivery) and got to make a monoline “seal”/stamp brandmark which was something I’d always wanted to do.

Maayan Brown FTD Seal

What is your favorite Taco Bell menu item?

I don’t do fast food, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you 😇. I’ve only been to Taco Bell once in my life and that was in 2008.

[Ed. Note: We realize that Maayan’s answer to the above question is offensive, but we feel it is important to publish her answers as she gave them to us. We apologize if anyone was upset or disturbed by this response.]

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

A lot! I want to get fast and efficient. I want to gain confidence in myself as a designer and while facing clients. I want to become a better designer in general and as one working in the digital space. I’d love to get more involved with the design community in Chicago and make good connections with my co-workers. I’d like to create work that I am proud of and help BBG keep doing awesome work.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?

I like to draw, read, cook healthy food, and exercise once in a while. I also have a slight obsession with buying dresses. I love wearing fancy (usually medieval-style) dresses as costumes, so I’m waiting eagerly for Halloween.

What’s your hometown?

Be’er Sheva. A Southern city in Israel.

How long have you been in Chicago?

I was born in Chicago and left when I was a baby. I’ve been back 3.5 years now.

What is your favorite thing about the city?

The buildings. Walking through the city, the architecture and the river are beautiful.

Do you have any pets?

I grew up in a household that had two cats, a dog, a tortoise and at one point, eleven rabbits! Currently I don’t have any pets but I hope to get a cat again someday. My husband is allergic to cats, so I’m hoping for a hypoallergenic breed or something.

Cats or dogs?

Love Cats! I used to have a cat that bit and scratched me regularly, but I’m convinced it was out of love.

Have you traveled? Do you have a favorite culture/country?

I’ve been to Italy, and I spent my honeymoon in Ireland. Besides that, traveling around the world and much of the U.S. is still very much on my to-do list!

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

I’m the oldest of 6 kids. I have four sisters and a brother. I can’t drive. I’m distantly related to Amy Winehouse: She is my mother’s-cousin’s- husband’s-niece.

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Jason Schwartz