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!

verynice Volunteer Spotlight: Aldis Ozolins

At verynice, we’re proud to have an incredible network of 500+ volunteers dedicating their time and diverse skills to pro-bono projects as a part of our Give Half model and pro-bono movement. By taking on pro-bono and collaborating with our team, volunteers are able to create meaningful and impactful work for thousands of organizations across the globe.

Meet Aldis Ozolins, one of verynice’s talented volunteers helping nonprofit’s visions come to reality. We wanted to get to know a little more about his perspective as a volunteer and recent experience working pro-bono.

Hi Aldis! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up knowing I’d always be in the creative arts. I was fortunate to have a very supportive family who fostered my creative inclinations. I attended Art Center College of Design for my undergrad in graphic design. After school I spent some time freelancing at Troika, TBWA/Chiat Day, and LA  Outpost before finally landing at Google. I’ve spent the past four years working with clients such as Nissan, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Lowes. I recently joined the Area 120 team at Google to develop an experimental product.

Was there an aspect of the project, client or mission that inspired you to volunteer?

I’ve always loved music so volunteering for this project was a natural fit. The integrated nature of Austin Civic Orchestra into the community was really inspirational for me. I’m a big believer in the public necessity of making the arts accessible to everyone.

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Can you touch on your volunteer experience and project(s) you worked on?

I first Met Matt Manos in Art Center and have always been inspired by everything verynice does. verynice has been the catalyst for a lot of my volunteer experiences. One of my favorite collaborations with verynice was the side project I worked on at Google for the non-profit Billion Acts of Peace. The challenge was to rebrand the organization including rebuilding their website.

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How does engaging as a volunteer differ from your other work experience?

To me volunteering changes my relationship to the work. Because there is no money involved, I feel an even greater responsibility not just to the project but also to fulfill my needs as a creative. Working with a community of volunteers always feels extra rewarding since you know everyone is there because they believe in the project. Additionally I’ve noticed collaborating with organizations on a volunteer basis often affords me more creative freedom.

In what ways has the volunteer process helped to shape your work and the projects you take on?

I would say it’s given me a broader sense of just how many places, people and organizations can be positively affected by good design. The volunteer process has made me see value in the projects I take on in a very different light, I put an even greater stock in the values and goals of the organizations I work with. 

To learn more about our volunteer network, or get involved, please get in touch!

Celebrating Impact Holidays in August with Desktop Wallpaper

It's August! 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 Roxy Morataya! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Roxy Morataya

I choose to utilize which qualities I thought were the best of each of these holidays in August, specifically the holidays, National Women's Equality Day, National Minority Donor Awareness Day and Purple Heart Day. My illustration celebrates the often proven but disregarded fact that there are millions of women, women of color, out in the world everyday making a difference. As a Latin American woman and an artist, I believe that if there is more art of positive and inclusive imagery of women of color, it will not only reflect our reality, but it will inspire women everywhere to find fulfillment in any walk of life. 

 

 

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Why I Give Back

What made me want to contribute to this project was its unique take on calendar design. By asking a variety of talented artists to create artwork celebrating holidays that put the focus on remembrance, fighting injustice and equality, it takes a calendar's typical focus off of the often commercialized holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. This uniqueness, plus the goals on this calendar and this company, is what made me want to contribute artwork.

My wanting to give back comes from my upbringing. Being a Mexican and Salvadoran American woman, and a part of a working class family, I was always taught to be thankful for what I have, to work hard, and to always stand up for yourself and your beliefs. I believe in being a fighter and an ally of fairness and justice for those who have been marginalized, abused or shamed simply for the color of their skin, body type, gender identity or sexual preference, and physical or mental ailments. I constantly strive to show representation of human beings who don't fit into the pale, thin, blue-eyed, monstrous mold that is still constantly portrayed as the only acceptable beauty standard. Even people who posses these traits fit into that mold. Anytime I can utilize my talent towards a good cause, even when it's for free, I try to make time for it. Those who have been able to work hard for their artistic ability as I have, should follow suit.

Check out more of Roxy's work below!

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Women's Design Salon Recap

We had a blast last month at the verynice Women's Design Salon for the Los Angeles Design Festival. As the closing event for the festival, the creative energy was high, and a number of new faces joined the Salon community. Piecing together the experiences of our panelist revealed their truths, their lessons, and passions as they applied to every one of us. 

There is never a space when you aren’t collaborating or compromising or working within a framework.
— Anne Burdick
A lot of leadership and success comes from showing up and saying yes to things!
— Celina Pereira
Thanks to Amy Nadeen Wilson who created this visual recap for our event. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (#amydrawsstuff).

Thanks to Amy Nadeen Wilson who created this visual recap for our event. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (#amydrawsstuff).

Download this wallpaper for your desktop, and for your phone!


We played games to understand what a path of success looks like and discussed the perception vs. the reality. Our panelists told us what inspires them and how they keep the momentum and creativity going. We even did a group tarot reading to help us make sense of it all. Overall, we filled the room with bad-ass boss ladies with good ideas and very real aspirations. 


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

Our friends and partners:

Los Angeles Design Festival

Our amazing panelists:

Anne Burdick, Media Design Practices MFA Chair at Art Center

Celina Pereira, Creative Director at OSSO

Our wonderful volunteers:

Diana Molleda, Photographer

Florencia Di Sarli, Samantha Cabrera, Isabelle Gioffredi, and Samantha Becker, Group Facilitators

Amy Nadeen Wilson, Visual Recap


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

verynice Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Olimpio

Since our inception, giving has always been at the core of our mission. Through our Give Half model and pro-bono movement, we’ve successfully taken on over 1,200 projects and initiatives, and donated services and resources worth over $10M.

How does a small company make such a great impact in the nonprofit world?

Our amazing network of volunteers allows us to do meaningful pro-bono work that extends across the globe. By taking on pro-bono clients, volunteers are able to collaborate with our team to create impactful work.

One of our talented volunteers is Steve Olimpio. As a multi-disciplinary designer and art director, Steve has worked at a handful of design studios, branding agencies, and creative shops in Boston and LA. With an interest in new ways that digital platforms connect designers with clients, and participating in work that matters to his personal practice, Steve found these passions intersect at verynice.

Recently, Steve worked with our team as a volunteer to design a new logo for Trade-Works that better embodies the organization’s mission of empowering individuals with real life trade skills. As the sole Founder and force behind Trade-Works, Andrea Pezzillo carried the challenge of wearing many hats within the organization. We were excited to take on this project and leave her with more time to focus on building the mission.

The logo was inspired by the company’s core values of unlocking people’s potential around the world through experts who hold the key to someone’s future. Through the iconic key and lock, we exhibit opportunity in the Trade-Works community. An evolution of the existing logo, this design showcases both the lock and the key, representing the reciprocal relationship and adventure that awaits both the mentor and mentee. The color treatment serves to highlight special pieces of the logo.

“Engaging as a volunteer is unique because it demands a personal commitment and connection to the work that paid work sometimes doesn’t. You have to believe in it.”

This authentic intention is what drives our volunteer process and creates captivating and impactful work. Our volunteer network is presently comprised of over 500 professionals around the world who team up with us on a per-project basis. These professionals from transdisciplinary backgrounds such as business, law, and engineering exemplify that there are individuals apart from designers who are drawn to verynice’s mission of giving back.

“This process has taught me to evaluate my own work more effectively-what should I be spending my creative energy on? Who can I be helping. Why do I do what I do?”

People like Steve are what makes giving back a reality at verynice. Hats off to you, Steve, and your willingness to donate your time to projects that make this world a better place! To learn more about our volunteer network, or get involved, please get in touch at info@verynice.co.

 

 

Celebrating Impact Holidays in July with Desktop Wallpaper

It's July! 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 Olivia Sy! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us. 

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Volunteer Spotlight
Olivia Sy

Second Half of the Year Day!
It’s actually a thing, and a perfect time to Give Half in this annual midpoint!

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Why I give back

I do pro bono work to create and return positive impacts for communities who supported me into my current privileged standings. I’m grateful to have the skills to contribute and support something larger than myself, and to continue battling against the ludicrous notion that we can’t afford to do a little good in our rocky, uneven world, especially through humanistic art and design. I believe that pro bono work provides opportunities to explore and (re)examine how we visually communicate critical concepts, link diverse experiences, and grow a better universal empathy beyond our own personal interests.

Website: https://www.oliviasy.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artreleaf/

Introducing Anna Zigmond As Our Marketing + Impact Coordinator!

Anna is joining us after graduating from Indiana University where she studied journalism and business. Her interest in design and socially conscious companies drew her to our team and the L.A. community.

What is your favorite social cause?

A: In high school, I was disheartened with the constant negativity coming from my peers regarding self-esteem and body image. I started a club to educate and empower young girls to fully accept themselves, which quickly led to several initiatives throughout my school. This personal experience fueled my passion in supporting causes that empower our youth, especially girls, by tackling bullying and self-esteem issues. Shout out to Step Up and Kind Campaign for all they’ve done and continue doing for young girls! #GirlPower

What are you most excited about for your new role at verynice?

A: My passion for service pushed me to work for and with companies actively pursuing opportunities to give back. I am thrilled to be working at a company that values a methodology focused on collaboration and sustainable solutions through design. I’m looking forward to continue sharing our work with the world, and ultimately help more people.

What interests do you have outside of your career?

A: I grew up as a ballet and modern dancer, so you can always find me dancing! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, playing ukulele or exploring my new city, Los Angeles!

$10,000,000.00!

In 2008, verynice was established with a bold aspiration: to, one day, become known as the most generous design firm in the world. We're excited to let you know that our original model is evolving in an exciting way in order to allow us to accelerate our impact, and ultimately provide our services and resources to even more people. Now, our firm and leadership is not only providing traditional pro bono services, but also sliding scale fees, board service, pay-what-you-want, pro-bono marathons, open source services, traditional volunteer service, and more! As of last week, our mission has reached a new milestone. We have officially provided access to $10,000,000 worth of free and discounted resources and services to thousands of organizations and practitioners from 150+ countries!

Looking forward, we are excited to continue pushing ourselves to find new ways to help as many people as possible. Thanks so much to all who have supported us over the years. Updates to reflect this on our website, and more announcements about what to expect as we start to approach our 10 year anniversary, coming soon.

Looking for design or strategy services? Working with us directly supports our mission to help others.