Winter Visual Design Internship

We are hiring a visual design intern to join our team this Winter! To apply, please send your cover letter, design portfolio and resume to info@verynice.co with the position you are interested in indicated in the subject line.

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Winter Visual Design Internship

Position Description:

The Design Internship is a production-oriented position that supports our creative team in the visual design process for various client projects. The Design Intern will split their efforts between our for-profit and non-profit clientele.

This is a flexible 16 – 32 hour per week position, and is housed in our downtown Los Angeles office in the Arts District area, requiring 2-4 full days in-house. Our business hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 6pm. This is a 3 month position, starting early January, available for current students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies. Compensation options include a paid stipend or course credit.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 3, 2017 before Midnight PST.

Position Requirements:

Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Design, Visual Communications, Fine Arts, or a related field. Strong verbal and visual communication skills. Interest or basic experience with socially-oriented design. Entrepreneurial spirit and attention to detail. Ability to handles multiple projects and deadlines at once. Must have own computer (preferably Mac) and Adobe Creative Suite.

To apply, please send your cover letter, design portfolio and resume to info@verynice.co with the position you are interested in indicated in the subject line.

Celebrating Impact Holidays in November with Desktop Wallpaper

It's November! We'll be featuring the artwork from one of verynice's volunteers each month. The prompt was to pick a holiday(s) that inspire us to give back. This month we feature the work of Jesus Jacobo! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jesus Jacobo

   

 

 

I am a November baby and this was a fun choice for me. Choosing to create “The Old Wise Eye” to highlight men’s health and specifically No Shave November and Movember was both fun and rewarding to further help that cause.

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Why I Give Back

“Think globally, act locally.” Armed with the tools and skills of a graphic designer I’ve found organizations that share similar interests as mine and use that energy and passion to become an activist for change. I give back because it makes me become proactive as a citizen with a voice and it helps others in achieving goals and aspirations. In my early education as a graphic designer I was approached by a local arts collective, South El Monte Arts Posse, and I volunteered my time and I developed skills while helping out with their cause. Empowered by the experience I took part in a 24-hour hackathon sponsored by WeHack/Southeast Cities, which was specific to the southeast communities in Los Angeles. Having grown up in the southeast neighborhoods of Los Angeles which has been plagued by corruption by its elected officials, I was compelled to help my city as a participant in this event. My team focused on civic government and our app challenged the current barriers and constraints there are to attending public meetings at city hall and promote community involvement. I would then work with another arts collective, Project 51, where the focus was the Los Angeles River. Through heavy onsite research and prototypes, my group used a speculative design approach that aimed to spark conversation around the topic of gentrification between the residents, business owners, developers and policymakers in the Elysian Valley. I also had the opportunity to work with the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, a nonprofit, and in a group, environment designed a movement which aimed to create an awareness of the effects humans have on the ocean with the everyday choices they make. I have been very fortunate with the help I have received with my education and career goals and these projects have become a way of saying thank you to the universe for that support; it has been my way of giving back.

Check out more of Jesus' work here!

 

Women's Design Salon Recap

Last month, we looked into the future. verynice Women's Design Salon: Future Tech, was one of our best events yet, thanks to the women that contributed their time and talents to facilitate and attend the event.

Thoughts from our Desktop Wallpaper Designer, Fran Gonzalez: A group of four inspiring women from different areas of technology came together in an insightful conversation about women in tech. They discussed the common misconception that we must have the expertise and a body of knowledge to partake in the field, but in reality, technology is constantly changing so it's more crucial to be curious and eager than to be an expert. It's our duty to insert ourselves into the world of technology and remind ourselves that we are allowed, and meant to be there. Listening to these successful and inspirational women talk about their practice and approach to technology in such a humble and genuine manner made me feel empowered and encouraged. I find myself feeling eager to experiment and deeper explore the dynamic and evolving world of tech. Events like this remind us of the importance of sharing knowledge and connecting with one another through our skills and passions.

Thoughts from our Desktop Wallpaper Designer, Fran Gonzalez: A group of four inspiring women from different areas of technology came together in an insightful conversation about women in tech. They discussed the common misconception that we must have the expertise and a body of knowledge to partake in the field, but in reality, technology is constantly changing so it's more crucial to be curious and eager than to be an expert. It's our duty to insert ourselves into the world of technology and remind ourselves that we are allowed, and meant to be there. Listening to these successful and inspirational women talk about their practice and approach to technology in such a humble and genuine manner made me feel empowered and encouraged. I find myself feeling eager to experiment and deeper explore the dynamic and evolving world of tech. Events like this remind us of the importance of sharing knowledge and connecting with one another through our skills and passions.

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And here's a great recap of the event by verynice design intern, Zoe Berman:

I am still buzzing from last month’s Women’s Design Salon hosted by verynice at General Assembly. The energy and enthusiasm brought into the room by 50 or so women that night was palpable and gave us even more to feed off of than the complimentary Porto’s and Califia Farms goodies. The event kicked off with an exciting panel discussion moderated by UX designer and GA instructor, Kat Hargreaves, who used her questions to shape a sort of hero’s journey out of each panelists’ life and career in technology. The subtle–and at times, not so subtle–biases that we face every day in the tech industry were at the forefront of the discussion and the women in attendance were challenged to “put themselves in that space.”

Designer Stephanie Cedeño tells through the story of the everyday through her work, looking beyond big tech and focusing on the microlevel, the banalities of our everyday lives. When asked how she challenges her own discomfort, she encouraged the room to “go at it with your own perspective.” Noting that we don’t know yet what future tech looks like, so we can use our perspective to decide how it looks and feels.

Jillian Switzer of AirMap admitted that she’s learned a lot from the men in her life, highlighting the value of networking and making lateral moves rather than climbing the ladder. She recommended we all read Smartcuts by Shane Snow.

Noa Kaplan, an artist, researcher, and educator, shared with us her real world examples of how biases in tech and big institutions can actually take away from us some of the positive impact the advancements the tech industry has offered.

After the panel–which no one wanted to end– we broke out into small groups and what was already an incredible night got even better. Facilitators used an ad lib game to build a prompt to challenge each group. My group had three minutes to imagine that "in an 'exciting' future, there will be technology relating to 'picnics'." We came up some exciting ideas: drones that would deliver baskets at an annual picnic day, VR and experiential technology that would bring travel and the outdoors to everyone regardless of finances and physical ability, applications that would bring picnic goers together, and smart refrigerators that would pack your picnic lunch for you. Following the prompt we discussed the future of technology; the pros and cons of bringing a sense of empathy into AI like Siri and Alexa, the generational divide built inherently into today’s tech, the inevitable elimination of jobs thanks to automation and how humans will spend their time if they don’t have to earn a living any more.

Photography by Samantha Becker

A very special thanks to all that contributed to the inspiration.

Our friends and partners:

General Assembly Los Angeles

Califia Farms

Our incredible moderator:

Katharine Hargreaves, Instructor, Strategist, UX Designer, General Assembly

Our amazing panelists:

Stephanie Cedeño, Designer

Noa Kaplan, Artist, Researcher, and Educator

Jillian Switzer, Director of Marketing, AirMap

Our super break-out group facilitators:

Jessica Wen

Anna Zigmond

Tiffany Estrella

Isa Harvey Camino

Clarisa Valdez

Our wonderful volunteers:

Fransisca Gonzalez, Visual Recap

Zoe Berman, Written Recap

Samantha Becker, Photography


"Be the seed. Grab truth you believe in and run with it."

- Kat Hargreaves


Please follow WDS on Instagram to stay in the loop! Interested in getting involved with the Women's Design Salon? Please get in touch at info@verynice.co

Our Featured Collaboration with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

For over 35 years, October has been recognized Domestic Violence Awareness month, celebrated to spread awareness and connect all advocates working across the nation to end domestic violence. This year, verynice had the privilege of collaborating with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), who works year-round to eliminate all forms of domestic violence throughout the state of California and beyond. CPEDV looked to develop engaging materials and content to support impactful campaigns during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (coming up in February!).

The Campaign

As California’s statewide domestic violence coalition representing 1,000 members across the state, CPEDV represents California’s domestic violence community, working to inform, inspire, and connect all those concerned with this issue. Taking on this design opportunity was not only an exciting challenge for our team at verynice but an important one. This campaign was CPEDV’s  first collaboration outside of the firm and required both the technical knowledge of developing interactive designs and informed cultural sensitivity.

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The Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign provides an array of activities and resources for advocates and newcomers alike. Some of these resources, such as a daily calendar, includes shareable images, videos, and live chats to help initiate thoughtful conversation and educate viewers on actionable ways to advocate for policy change and community awareness.

The theme for the campaign was “In October, the golden state turns purple.” To kick off this project, we collaboratively discussed the campaign’s goals and any design requirements before delving into the visual concept for the designs. As partners to our clients, we work to ensure that all of our designs meet the identified objectives, are aligned with their values and mission, and capture the client’s unique vision for their visual aesthetic. Our team at verynice developed designs to help create consistency for the campaign over the years while improving previous designs to be more modern and complement the CPEDV brand.


“We felt like verynice really listened to us throughout this creative process. Communication was also very easy, and we loved their iterative process and how they always kept the project on schedule.” –Michelle Arcos, Membership Coordinator at CPEDV

The Designs

Our team created designs that reflected a weaving map of California, tying back to the weaving CPEDV logo design and reflecting a sense of intersection and togetherness. Extending the woven fabric also showcases our continued progress toward the mission to prevent and resolve domestic violence issues.

“verynice’s designs were very modern and refreshing. We felt like they were attention-grabbing and in line with current design standards.” – Jessica Merrill, Communications & Development Manager at CPEDV

Gradients became a core design element to visualize the transition from gold to purple. Whether used as a solid background or as an accent, the gradient serves to visualize and reinforce the campaign’s theme. Fonts were carefully selected to complement the CPEDV brand while also maintaining a distinct look for the Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign. Large quotes or statistics were created to stand out and emphasize bold, bright, and captivating messages.

 

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Designs for this campaign included a series of social media graphics, an interactive daily calendar of activities and resources, a profile picture overlay, a selfie sign, and member-exclusive resources like a media guide and sample proclamation template.

Click the calendar to download.

Click the calendar to download.

We are so grateful and proud to have worked with CPEDV on this campaign and hope it continues to expand awareness and advance social change on domestic violence. Want to stay up to date with the campaign and lend your support? Check out the calendar above for numerous ways to take action and support this wonderful cause.

Sign up on www.cpedv.org to stay informed about the upcoming Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month campaign launching in February!

 

Celebrating Impact Holidays in October with Desktop Wallpaper

It's October! We'll be featuring the artwork from one of verynice's volunteers each month. The prompt was to pick a holiday(s) that inspire us to give back. This month we feature the work of Zack Forer! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Zack Forer

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Native American Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day

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Why I Give Back

I'll be honest, it's not often that I get approached to do pro bono work. Freelance is, after all, a business and how I earn a living. However, there are certain times where I feel it's necessary as an artist to give back to charitable organizations. Whether it's something small like an illustration for a calendar spreading social awareness to something larger like a mural in an inner-city community, the ultimate reward is knowing you contributed to a cause that benefits others. I know it's not much, but if I can use my artistic abilities to get a positive message across in a creative and informative way, I feel a sense of accomplishment. If I can inspire someone with my artwork or make someone feel proud or smile, it makes the experience all the more worthwhile.

Check out more of Zack's work below!

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Five Helpful Tips for Managing Volunteers

At verynice, we manage an extensive distributed team of 500+ volunteers from over 150 countries who engage in pro bono service. When volunteers collaborate with our team, they help us extend our mission for helping nonprofit organizations through meaningful and impactful work.

Collaborating with volunteers has been an integral part of our business since our inception. Along the way, we’ve learned a few things when it comes to managing a network of individuals and improving the volunteer experience.


#1: Use a Reliable Tracking System

Free tracking systems like Podio, allow your organization to efficiently track and communicate with volunteers. Whether you’re working with volunteers across the globe or exclusively within your community, a central system helps ensure all volunteers are connected to the organization and are easily accessible when it comes to reaching out.

There are many key features that come with using this system. Besides general communication and updates, your organization can set up reminders to follow-up with volunteers and receive notifications when new volunteers join the network or update their information. Volunteer profiles also connect with LinkedIn to display profile photos, putting a face to a name in an extensive network.


#2: Create Custom Surveys

Another great feature of using a tracking system is the ability to create custom surveys for your volunteers that cater to specific areas of expertise. Depending on your organization's needs, you can create surveys that help gain insight on new volunteers or updates on existing volunteers’ experiences. Creating a custom survey can take a load off of filtering through the volunteer list and help optimize the efficiency of finding exactly who you’re looking for, automatically creating a repository of data to reference at your convenience. At the same time, allowing a free-form response from volunteers can help your organization gain insights on skills you might have never expected needing or even knew existed in your network.

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When creating a survey for new volunteers, keep it clear and concise. Six to ten questions at most, covering basic questions such as name, location, and availability. Then expand into skills specific questions like, “How would you describe your skill set?” or “Please describe your professional experience in X, Y, and Z.” This process not only efficiently gathers critical data for your organization but also guides the volunteer through assessing what exactly they are looking to contribute as a volunteer.

#3: Diversify

Don’t continue re-using the same volunteers. There is always going to be a volunteer waiting for their opportunity to contribute. Giving everyone a fair chance to work on a project acknowledges volunteers willing to donate their time in assisting your organization. It is also important to remember people with different backgrounds and ranges of experience bring new information and skills. Giving different volunteers the opportunity to work on projects creates an environment for development, creativity, and leadership. Diversifying your selection or rotation of volunteers enhances the overall collaboration and turns one-time volunteers into lifelong volunteers.

#4: Follow Through on Check-ins

Communication is key when it comes to keeping your volunteers engaged and eager to work on upcoming projects. Integrating annual check-ins with your network at large and scheduling out one-on-one check-ins with volunteers will enhance your organization’s performance and establish a connected community of volunteers. Additionally, it is useful to check your system annually to make sure all information is up to date. Systems such as Podio allow you to send volunteers direct links to their profile information, removing any confusion or hassle for volunteers when it comes to updating their information.

#5: Show Gratitude

Volunteers are an extension of your organization and without them, the scale of your current and future impact would not be as effective. Acknowledging great work and personally thanking your volunteers for the free time and effort they put into every project is invaluable. Expressing gratitude is an investment you can and should make, and your volunteers will be inclined to volunteer again.

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At verynice we’re reminded every day that our greatest impact is made when we collaborate and work together. Our volunteers are essential to completing pro bono projects and realizing our greatest impact. To learn more about our volunteer process visit verynice.co/impact or contact info@verynice.co.

 

 

Celebrating Impact Holidays in September with Desktop Wallpaper!

It's September! We'll be featuring the artwork from one of verynice's volunteers each month. The prompt was to pick a holiday(s) that inspire us to give back. This month we feature the work of verynice Founder, Matthew Manos! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Matthew Manos

Labor Day

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Why I Give Back

Every year in the United States alone, nonprofits will spend billions on service providers like me. Imposing a full market rate upon someone who has an end goal to better the world, in my mind, is immoral. These are not people who take big bonuses. Every dollar that a nonprofit saves has the potential to be invested back into the cause itself, and that is such an inspiring thing. Because most designers and consultants are not "boots on the ground" change-makers, but instead facilitators of impact from afar, a pro bono commitment is one of the most direct ways that our work can create change in the world. It's also really fun.

Visual Design Internship & Volunteer In Residence Positions Available

We are hiring a visual design intern & a volunteer in residence to join our team this fall! To apply, please send your cover letter, design portfolio and resume to info@verynice.co with the position you are interested in indicated in the subject line.

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Fall Visual Design Internship

Position Description:

The Design Internship is a production-oriented position that supports our creative team in the visual design process for various client projects. The Design Intern will split their efforts between our for-profit and non-profit clientele.

This is a flexible 16 – 32 hour per week position, and is housed in our downtown Los Angeles office in the Arts District area, requiring 2-4 full days in-house. Our business hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 6pm. This is a 3 month position, starting mid-September, available for current students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies. Compensation options include a paid stipend or course credit.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 30, 2017 before Midnight PST.

Position Requirements:

Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Design, Visual Communications, Fine Arts, or a related field. Strong verbal and visual communication skills. Interest or basic experience with socially-oriented design. Entrepreneurial spirit and attention to detail. Ability to handles multiple projects and deadlines at once. Must have own computer (preferably Mac) and Adobe Creative Suite.

To apply, please send your cover letter, design portfolio and resume to info@verynice.co with the position you are interested in indicated in the subject line.

 

Volunteer In Residence

Position Description:

The Volunteer In Residence is a design and/or design strategy oriented position created to assist the verynice team with an exciting internal initiative as well as a range of our pro-bono/social impact projects.

This position requires 1-2 full days in-house at our downtown Los Angeles office in the Arts District. Our business hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 6pm. This is a 3 month position available for current students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or recent graduates. This is an unpaid position.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 30, 2017 before Midnight PST.

Position Requirements:

Pursuing and/or recently obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Design, Design Strategy, Visual Communications, Fine Arts, or a related field. Strong verbal and communication skills. Interest or basic experience with socially-oriented design. Entrepreneurial spirit and attention to detail. Must have own computer (preferably Mac) and Adobe Creative Suite.

To apply, please send your cover letter, design portfolio and resume to info@verynice.co with the position you are interested in indicated in the subject line.

Meet Our verynice Summer Interns!

This summer our interns have done an incredible job honing their design skills and supporting our creative team in the visual design process for various client projects. 

It's always exciting to welcome new talent to our verynice family! Meet our newest design intern in the brief interview below:

Hey there! Tell us a bit about yourself.
F: My name is Fran, I'm a student going into my fifth and last year at Cal State Long Beach pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design. I grew up in Chile and moved to the U.S 8 years ago so my home is split between California and Santiago, Chile.

What have you learned as a verynice design intern?
F: I've loved working and learning from a team of talented young people who come from different backgrounds. It's been fun to learn not just about the important role that design plays within non-profit organizations but also learn how we as designers can help have a positive impact in the community. 

What is your favorite social cause?
F: One of my favorite social causes is an organization called People to People. Their mission is to create connections between people from different cultures and all around the world with the goal of exploring global issues, enhancing international understanding, and building friendships through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities. The end goal of this cause is to create a cross-cultural network of engaged and knowledgable everyday citizens in order to sustain a peaceful world.

What passions and interests do you have outside of work?
F: I love anything that has to do with music, such as learning about new artists, reading about music history, digging for new records to add to my collection, and going to live shows. I love the outdoors and being outside in general. I love the visual arts and like to collect art and design books. I also love traveling, learning about new cultures, and love going to new places whenever life allows.

Who is your biggest role model in life?
F: My biggest role models are probably my parents because they have both worked their hardest throughout their lives to get to where they are today and have always emphasized the importance of growth through persistency, kindness, focus and hard work (while also making time for a little fun).

Click below to see verynice's latest opportunities, including our Fall Visual Design Internship!