Job Opportunities with verynice!

We're thrilled to announce that we have two open positions at verynice! We are currently looking for a Full-Time Strategist and Part-Time Assistant Project Coordinator to come join our passionate family of creative problem solvers. For over 10 years, verynice has helped businesses, nonprofits, and governments expand their capacity for impact through design-driven innovation.

We provide hands-on strategic consulting and design services, facilitate workshop sessions, and publish a variety of open-source design methodologies. With client experience spanning 500+ brands including the American Heart Association, Disney, UNICEF, and Google, our expertise is centered around three key disciplines: Business Design, Brand Strategy, and Experience Design. We start every single project using the same foundation of core principles: co-creation, anti-assumption, legacy-driven impact, and generosity.

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To apply, please include the title of the position you are interested in in the subject line of your email. Please also include a resume, cover letter, and any other relevant materials. Email all of your documents to info@verynice.co by April 15th.

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STRATEGIST (FULL TIME)

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Strategist sits within the design team at verynice, and reports directly to the Asst. Managing Director in order to execute upon verynice's  strategic methodologies, and lead a diverse range of client-facing strategic project and consulting initiatives. This is a full-time position, based in verynice's Downtown Los Angeles headquarters.

  • Assist in new business development by helping to determine the needs of a client in order to define the project scope for new project proposals.

  • Conducting and leading verynice’s strategy services including relevant research and project execution across the following service areas: brand strategy, experience design, business strategy/product development, facilitation, and general consulting.

  • Collaborate with internal and client teams to anticipate client needs and find creative ways to address them, shaping the nature and outputs of your projects

  • Leadership and mentorship for team members, ensuring the success of our projects, and the ultimate alignment with the client’s end goals.

  • Participation in networking events and conferences, acting as a public face for verynice and delivering thought leadership in design, strategy, and social impact.

  • Craft strategic recommendations, workshop agendas, and develop legacy documents for creative problem solving initiatives.

QUALIFICATIONS
2-3 years of experience. A Bachelor's Degree in a related/relevant field. Must be detail-oriented and an excellent communicator. Great presentation skills and facilitation experience are necessary. Must be a quick thinker, and have a willingness to develop strong friendships with our amazing clients. Interdisciplinary Master's Degree (MBA/MFA) desired, but not required.

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ASSISTANT PROJECT COORDINATOR (PART-TIME)

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Assistant Project Coordinator at verynice reports directly to the Asst. Managing Director and Operations Manager in order to assist in the coordination and management of select projects, and to lead select administrative tasks such as project scheduling, outsourcing, and account management. This is a part-time, ~20 hour/week 6-month contract position to start with possibility for extension or full-time employment upon completion and review of the initial contract.

  • Assist in developing proposals for new business based on historical data and insights from new business meetings.

  • Assist in the development of project schedules, helping the Asst. Managing Director fit new project initiatives within the overall studio bandwidth.

  • Lead project management for select client initiatives in both verynice's for-profit and pro-bono sectors.

  • Work with the Operations Manager to review new talent and recruit new contractors and volunteers.

  • Work with the Operations Manager to generate and track new project agreements and invoices, following up with clients to keep new business efforts on track.

  • Work with the Asst. Managing Director in researching and vetting of new business opportunities.

  • Assist the Managing Director in developing content for verynice's social media feeds and blog.

  • Assist the Asst. Managing Director with miscellaneous administrative tasks.

QUALIFICATIONS
<1-2 years of experience. A Bachelor's Degree in a related/relevant field. Must be detail-oriented and an excellent communicator. Great presentation and creative problem solving skills experience are necessary. Must be a quick thinker, and have a willingness to develop strong friendships with our amazing clients. General knowledge of design or the creative process is preferred, but not necessary.

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To apply, please include the title of the position you are interested in in the subject line of your email. Please also include a resume, cover letter, and any other relevant materials. Email all of your documents to info@verynice.co by April 15th.

Full-time employees at verynice have a range of added benefits including paid time off, federal holiday observation, sick days, opportunities for healthcare reimbursement, a work-from-home policy, and a volunteer day (aside from other fun shenanigans like karaoke and go karting).

Call for Spring Visual Design Internship Applications!

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Spring 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 April, 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, March 18, 2018 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 along with responses to the following questions: 

1) What date would you be available to start the 3 month spring internship position?
2) Are you interested in a 2, 3 or 4 day internship?
3) Are you looking for course credit?

Building LAPD’s Force of the Future through Social Media

Social media can be a powerful outlet to share stories that can inspire change. The LA Mayor’s Innovation Team engaged verynice to collaborate on the creation of the “Our LAPD” campaign, an initiative to help build a more diverse and inclusive Police workforce.

“Law enforcement is more effective when it reflects the community it serves,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This campaign is about increasing awareness of the LAPD’s commitment to diversity — and building on that commitment with the next generation of recruits.”

Our goal was to capture the stories of officers who are underrepresented in the force today, like women, African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQ individuals. We created an informal interview guide to capture each story, but adapted the questions based on their responses. These interviews covered topics about the individual like race, ethnicity, and other identifiers, as well as perceptions of police and family influences, role models and representation, and backgrounds of officers, including unexpected facts like “What’s your secret talent?” and “What’s your favorite way to spend your time off?”

Spotlights were delivered through several social media ready assets including split images, fill in the blank images, and short video interviews. Video interviews share stories like “The First Time I Saw Me,” demonstrating positive experiences with officers or role models that shifted their perception or thinking and inspired them to become officers. Others focused on “The Shift," highlighting when the officers were able to shift others’ perceptions (like their family and friends) about policing.

Officers are people just like you and me. Split photos showcase officers in and out of uniform with facts about them beyond their careers. This reminds viewers that officers are people in uniform; that they have familiar roles like “Single Mom”, “Immigrant, and “Foodie”.

How well do you know the officers who patrol our city? The officers come from a variety of interesting backgrounds and have unique and quirky characteristics and interests. Fill in the blank images revealed interesting and relatable facts about officers with the prompt "You'd never guess that...".

How would you serve? Understanding that the LAPD is really a reflection of the community, community leaders share their stories and what their communities need from the LAPD to help us build the force of the future. Community spotlights represented the voices of diverse community leaders from the religious, LGBTQ, human rights, creative, and government communities, and more.

Community members were shown holding fill in the blank signs that revealed what they wanted to see in an officer with the prompt “I am _____ and I want _____.”

Video interviews captured each individual’s story, their organization’s mission, and their hopes for the future of the LAPD as it relates to their community. 

At verynice we focus on delivering projects that generate impact and leave a legacy for our clients. While these stories reflect the current views and experiences of the community, we also created a robust guide to create more content in the future. This compiled the project goals and materials into one document with instructions on conducting interviews, capturing photos and videos, editing the stories, and writing social media copy to share the stories.

Our team had the pleasure of meeting 20 officers and 9 influential community members to capture their unique stories and perspectives. From an Olympic silver medalist and mother to a Paralympic gold medalist, to a previously homeless then NFL bound athlete, to a professional pianist, and several immigrants from around the world, we were touched by the stories of these women and men from diverse backgrounds. Heck, if we didn't love our jobs so much, we'd consider becoming officers, or detectives, or captains ourselves! Did you know there are over 250 types of positions you could have within the LAPD? Be sure to follow the campaign as it rolls out this year on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

As always, if you'd like help on your next campaign, reach out! Visit this link to get started: http://verynice.co/get-started/

Women's Design Salon Recap

Last month, we helped each other set goals for the new year and find support in taking the next steps! verynice Women's Design Salon: Resolutions, was an unforgettable event, thanks to the women that contributed their time and talents to facilitate and attend the event.

And here's a great recap of the event by verynice Marketing & Impact Coordinator, Anna Zigmond:

After an eventful and somewhat relentless 2017, a little bit of inspiration heading into the new year felt much needed. The latest verynice Women’s Design Salon: Resolutions, lifted my spirits in a whole new way. The idea of a resolution can often seem overwhelming, but we were reminded that a resolution is really just the determination or the resolve to do something. Joined by special guest Lynda Decker, we dove into this idea covering topics on women in leadership, goal setting, and supporting ourselves and others to reach their goals in the year ahead.

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The evening kicked-off in an open-discussion format that felt more like an intimate gathering of friends, rather than a structured event. Prompted by questions, everyone was encouraged to contribute to the conversation by sharing personal experiences, asking questions, or offering advice. Given our current political and social climate, it was encouraging to be surrounded by women with such a determined and optimistic outlook on change moving forward. We discussed how now more than ever, it is crucial for women to be in leadership positions. Although it’s not often the easiest journey, we can use our strength as women to encourage good behavior in the office and amongst our peers.

I was not only blown away by the experiences people shared around leadership, communication, and the perception of women in leadership positions, but I was even more inspired by the words of support and advice that were shared amongst the group to combat these issues and motivate progress. We took this energy to action with a postcard activity, where we were encouraged to “Thank someone that inspires you or write to someone who needs encouragement.” Written on custom Women’s Design Salon postcards, we were able to send this inspiration to others.

Diving into the second half of the evening, we discussed goal setting and different motivators that are unique to each individual. Lynda shared how she started her agency to prove her ex-husband wrong and wouldn’t be where she was today if she didn’t push herself out of her comfort zone. It turned into a discussion about finding what works for you and pushing yourself, even when it’s difficult. Everyone shared personal methods to setting and celebrating goals!

Words of Wisdom:

People always overestimate what they can get done in one year, but underestimate what they can get done in 10 years. Try writing down 25 resolutions and pick 5 of them to focus on at a time. Write down all the things that you’ve done, accomplished, or been through over the past years so it doesn’t feel like they just disappear. It is important to reflect on the good and the bad and celebrate those moments.

At the end of the day, most people have no problem creating resolutions but lack accountability when it comes to working towards those goals. Try different ways of staying accountable for your resolutions such as trying it at the same time as a friend or creating a system where you can write each one down and them mark them off as you go. For some people, just telling others about their resolutions keeps them accountable, because not only is it out in the universe, but their reputation is also at stake. So find what works for you and stick with it!

To visualize this conversation, everyone was prompted to write down a resolution for the new year and to set reminders to check-in on their progress. We ended up with a wall of inspirational and concrete steps for the new year----look out 2018!

Photography by Latoya Hawthorne

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

Our friends and partners:

General Assembly

Sweetgreen

Our amazing guest speaker:

Lynda Decker, President and Creative Director of Decker Design

Our wonderful volunteers:

Latoya Hawthorne, Photographer

Alisa Olinova, Clarisa Valdez, and Anna Zigmond, Event Facilitators

Melissa Flower, Visual Recap

Please follow WDS on Instagram for updates and inspiration! Interested in getting involved with the Women's Design Salon? Please get in touch at info@verynice.co!

 

 

2017 Year-in-Review

As we close out our 9th year of business, I can’t help but look back at the past 12 months and stand in awe of what our team was able to accomplish. 

2017 was one of the most generous years in verynice’s history.

We managed to give away 57% of our work to deserving causes and organizations throughout the year, a series of donations and discounts worth over $1.3 MM. This year, we also completely re-imagined our approach to impact measurement, and built a tool that allows us to better track how much we are giving across all of our impact models, even broken down by cause. More on that in the new year.

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2017 also stands out as “the year of travel” - we were on a total of 80+ flights this year for workshops and talks all across the United States, as well as internationally in Mexico, Brazil, Spain, the Netherlands, and Russia. These adventures are almost entirely thanks to the incredible growth and interest in our Models of Impact toolkit - thank you!

Here’s 12 additional highlights from 2017, in no particular order:

  1. Serving as a judge for the prestigious 2017 SAPPI Ideas that Matter Competition in Boston.
  2. Developing campaign materials for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
  3. Working with General Assembly and the Los Angeles Design Festival to produce 4 successful Women’s Design Salon events.
  4. Partnering with our friends at Socialab to bring our Models of Impact methodology to over 1,000 social entrepreneurs in Mexico.
  5. Teaming up with PandoPopulus to facilitate a design workshop in “Death Alley” that involved community members in the re-imagining of use-cases for vacant lots across South Central, Los Angeles.
  6. Hosting a 24 hour-long pro-bono marathon at our office with a dozen of our Los Angeles-based volunteers to produce 23 deliverables for 4 local non-profit organizations. 
  7. Kicking off an exciting partnership with Mozilla to develop new models of impact for the open-source community.
  8. Delivering the first public lecture on Social Entrepreneurship in a former soviet propaganda theatre in Saratov, Russia (yeah, for real!)
  9. Working with the American Heart Association to invent a new methodology for engaging with rural communities across the United States.
  10. Partnering with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to develop a recruitment campaign for the LAPD.
  11. Facilitating a session with Sutter Health to imagine the future of everyday health in San Francisco.
  12. Working with AIDS/LifeCycle to launch the 2018 Ride Love Live campaign and brand identity system.

Wow. What a year! 

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2018 will be our 10th year of business (!!), and we’re working on a few exciting things to share in honor of this major milestone. Keep an eye out on our social media for updates. We think you’re going to like what we’ve got up our sleeves for the new year.

As always, we couldn’t do any of this cool stuff with out the support from our friends, followers, and clients. Thank you so much for your continued support. You rock.

– Matthew

verynice 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Whoa! It's already almost the end of the year. At verynice, we are so fortunate to work with so many amazing companies that are working to make the world a better place... one product or service at a time. Today we're excited to share with you some of our favorite "do good" products on the market.

URB-E

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URB-E is the global leader in lightweight foldable electric vehicles and mobile power sources. This product is a wonderful solution for commuters that need a little help getting to their destination in the "last mile". The product even has a wonderful payment plan to make this within reach for many households.

etkie

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Etkie is a unique bracelet that is hand loomed and crafted by Native American artists. The company is in the early stages of becoming a worker-owned cooperative, providing talented Native American women artisans a pathway to becoming business owners.

DIGDEEP

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DIGDEEP helps Americans who don't have clean water get it. Currently working to bring water to families in the Navajo Reservations of New Mexico, the organization sells beautiful blankets and other products to support the work they do.

JENGA Ocean

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JENGA Ocean is the first board game ever using plastic recycled entirely from fishing nets. Did you know that fishing nets discarded at sea are considered the most harmful form of plastic pollution in the ocean? Buying this game helps support the removal of nets from the ocean.

Kiva

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Kiva Gift Cards make it easy for your friends and family to loan people in need small amounts of money. Pick up a gift card for $25... $50... or more. The best part? Once the loan is paid back, the money goes back into your account, allowing you to lend again, and again.

LSTN Sound Co.

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LSTN Sound Co. creates amazing headphones, speakers, and earbuds that deliver a high quality sound. What's even better is the fact that every time your purchase a product from LSTN, your money helps provide hearing aids thanks to the company's partnership with the Starkey HEaring Foundation.

Swipe Out Hunger

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Swipe Out Hunger is the leading organization partnering with universities to end college student hunger. Students donate excess meal points at the end of a semester, and the donated points are issued to students as dining hall credits. The organization also sells a range of fun shirts, stickers, and hats. Each purchase helps support their incredible cause.

Celebrating Impact Holidays in December with Desktop Wallpaper

It's December! 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 Shauna Panczyszyn! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shauna Panczyszyn

I chose to illustrate Wright Brothers Day because my late grandmother was an avid pilot her entire life, having been an active member of the Chicago area chapter of the 99’s flight group for women. Aviation has been prevalent throughout my family as my grandfather was also a trained pilot, as is my dad, though he prefers fishing to flying these days. My parents live in a fly-in community, so seeing planes flying over my house growing up was a daily occurrence. I felt drawn to it and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do an homage to something that’s been so much a staple in my life.

Though I'm pretty sure my dad never had my sister and I take flying lessons because we would crash the planes on the flight simulator game he had. He tried to teach us very basic things like how to take off and read the dashboard, but thankfully it was a computer game so the only thing injured were pixels.

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Why I Give Back

I do pro bono work and enjoy creating it because I want to give back to an industry I love so much. I’ve managed to find my niche early on in my career, and along with that have had many opportunities I would otherwise not have had.

Check out more of Shauna's work here!

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.

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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!