well i have some pretty big news to share with you today. after 12 issues i have decided to leave my position as art director of rue magazine. this upcoming issue will be my last huzzah.

my life needs real balance and something had to give. no more talking about balancing, actually doing it. rue was an incredible learning experience for me, but it was also a lot of time, energy and all-nighters. i’ve come to a point in my career where i need more focus. you know that saying “pick one thing and get really good at it”?  i was doing 4…yeah, my life was cray.

i’ll never forget when i started at rue, i felt unprepared and super nervous. the photos up above was actually when i met the rue girls. i was just wearing pretty dresses in a ban.do photo shoot for issue 1. i had done magazine design work in the past, but not to this extent. not designing 100s of pages of content all by myself extent. i pretty much threw myself into the lion’s den and learned from my mistakes along the way. (gosh it pains me to go back and look at the very first issue!) now i feel like i could design that thing with my eyes closed. and i had a ton of fun doing it. (i mean, just look at this video after an all-nigher, ha!)

there were actually several times where i thought i couldn’t take on the task anymore. the deadlines were really tight and i was managing far too much. but i loved what i was doing and it wasn’t the right time then. and i am also not a quitter. i have to do my best and try not to look at this as quitting, and more like passing the torch. i’m thinking of it as rue part deux!

thank you for following along my rue journey. i feel so incredibly lucky to have been surrounded by all the creatives that put their time, energy and awesome ideas into this magazine. i have met some lifelong friends and will never regret my decision to be a part of it. this magazine taught me a lot about myself and who i am as a designer. now, it’s on to the next chapter for me…best of luck to rue! -bri

photo credit, top to bottom: ilenia martini / max wangersteve pappin / arian soheili


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    Anni says:

    You did a fantastic job at Rue, but I think you’re making the right decision – your mind, and all of your work, suffers when you’re overextended. Best of luck to both you and Rue in everything to come!

    Kastles says:

    Good for your Bri! I am sure it will be tough but it will all work out. Plus I am sure the boy will love a little extra time with you! Best of luck! I know you you will keep doing awesome things!
    <3 Kastles

    Iris Vank says:

    Sounds like a decision well thought about. All the best for both you and Rue on new adventures!

    Molly Marler says:

    Wow… I can’t believe it! its going to be very different without you, but kudos to you for making the tough decisions in search of balance. It is so crucial, and I’m sure you’ll find it. Much luck and love, b! xo

    erin says:

    All seasons come to an end, even when it’s really hard! You did so great at Rue but I totally admire and respect your strength and courage to move on. There is a saying that always inspires me, and you remind me of it. “You have to say no to good things in order to say yes to great things.” You’re awesome, Bri!

    bri says:

    thanks you guys! it’s a sad day so these words help!

    dee says:

    props to you for being able to make the move! it takes guts to say no! i will follow you wherever you go. your work is amazing and you are very talented.

    Danielle says:

    Good for you, Bri! We all know that you’ve been working like a maniac. You’re brave for being able to give up something that was so important to you.

    jonquil says:

    yay for new chapters! good luck with everything! i’ll be tuning in to see what’s next. 🙂

    Clara says:

    I applaud your decision, Bri! It takes a lot of guts to know when to say no or move on. Rue sounds like it was an incredible journey for you, and you certainly have the work to prove it- that will always be with you. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you! xo

    Amanda says:

    Ah, I was wondering all weekend what the hard to share news was. I think that actually balancing out your life is going to feel awesome and rewarding. Sometimes some things have to go, and this is just one of those things. I will still love Rue just as much as ever! Plus now you can focus more on the other priorities!

    Teri says:

    good for you for making the hard decision. the magazine will miss your creative talents for sure!

    Excited to see where life takes you next sweet girl! XX

    Dallas says:

    Bri, that’s a brave and smart choice to move in the direction of balance. Your work at Rue inspired me so much every issue. In fact, it’s what gave me the courage to take on a big project at work. Whenever I was stuck for inspiration and ideas, I turned the the pages of Rue and your beautiful layout and designs filled me with happiness and visual inspiration. I will always be grateful to you for that. You are a truly talented artist, and a smart businessperson, and I wish you the best of luck in all your new projects. Also, I can’t wait to see what’s next!

    cass says:

    more cass & bri time by the pool instead of the office? sounds good to me! here’s to new chapters, my friend. love you tons.

    Kendra says:

    Since you tweeted last week that you had a hard decision to make, I’ve been waiting to hear what you had decided to let go of! Your work at Rue has been amazing and inspiring! And I applaud you for knowing when to move on to new adventures. You are a constant inspiration for your readers, including me! Happy Monday 🙂

    Robin says:

    You did an incredible job, Bri!! Not only were you able to grow as an artist, but your incredible eye and vision created an online magazing that people of all ages and desires are able to be inspired by. It is pretty incredible to be able to look back and be so proud. Good luck with everything else!

    Melanie Burk says:

    Bri- I have so much respect for you for working so hard and never quitting, and I have even more respect for you for being so honest with yourself, and your readers, and allowing yourself time to prioritize. That is SO hard to do, and it is something I am trying to do right now. Thank you for the post, it was totally what I needed to read today. Good luck with moving forward. You are amazing!

    Jeanne says:

    You did an amazing job for Rue and really raised the standards for digital magazine. Seriously, for a girl who pulls all-nighters all the time, you’re lookin’ really good! 🙂 Best of luck to you, Bri, and I’m looking forward to seeing your next chapter! xo Jeanne

    Oooh my gosh, I got a lump in my throat while I was reading this. So bittersweet, but I’m so proud of you for taking on the things that you need to do. I can’t imagine juggling so many things, and you made it all happen. You are an inspirational designer, Bri! Can’t wait to see where this new chapter takes you.

    rebecca says:

    Balance is hard thing. Congratulations on making the change! Still look forward to reading Rue, but your talent and creative vision will definitely be missed in the pages.

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    eva burns says:

    You are so NOT a quitter. Don’t ever think that about yourself! I can totally relate though. Sometimes you just have to put an end to stuff, even if it’s a good thing.

    Jamy says:

    Bri–You are a true inspiration, in every aspect. Congratulations on doing what is best for you.

    Jen says:

    Oh you did such a great job. Good luck with your next moves and achieving balance. Did they find a new AD already?? I’d love the position.

    Working with you on Rue–in the fun times and in the trying times–is something I’m so grateful for. I’ve learned so much from you Bri, and I’m blessed to call you my friend and colleague. Love you lots! xoox Anne

    Kate says:

    Those are beautiful images and beautiful words. But congrats and well wishes on beginning to really balance…the first step is the toughest!



    Best of luck to you…you did an awesome job! xoxo

    dustjacket says:

    You did an amazing job at Rue, good luck for the future (that video was hilarious)!

    kelly ann says:

    You have inspired so many of us through your amazing design work at Rue – but it’s equally inspiring to watch a designer grow, evolve, and find a balance that’s right for them. That takes courage and maturity – major props to you, Bri! You’re someone in the design world that I look up to and admire – I wish you all the luck in world in your future endeavors… <3


    Becca says:

    You’ve done an amazing job with Rue! I’ve been so impressed. I completely agree that you can’t do it all – and I wish you the best of luck as you move forward.

    kim says:

    i came to discover you through rue, but i know you are so much more than that. thank you for inspiring me—another designer—with your work at rue, and i’m so excited for the next phase of your life to begin. i know big things are afoot!! xoxo

    Hilary says:

    oh my god that video killed me!

    Kristin says:

    Best of luck Bri! The decisions you’ve made to move your life in the right direction are always inspiring.


    Leigh says:

    Oh this post is completely wonderful! You strike me as someone who absorbs what they are a part of, is in the moment, and learns from everything they do. Sounds like an amazing experience and I am so excited I started following you on here so that I can see what you do now! Good luck! Break a leg! Or however I’m supposed to say it….

    Bianca says:

    Bri good luck,I’m sure you’ll do great! Btw big thank you for this post, I’m going through a similar professional transition and it’s a bit scary, but in the same time very exciting… I believe We need to make changes in order for the right things to happen! Xo

    Aw, I will miss you in Rue! Love the graphics of that magazine! But good luck with everything else on your plates! Sounds like a good decision!


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    Sarolta says:

    I love the look you created for RUE. Thank you for that beautiful and inspiring work!

    Sarah says:

    Bri, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing not only your triumphs, but the times you feel like it’s too much! You are real, honest, and creative. Your posts and work daily doses of wonderful person! Thank you!

    When I read Crystal posts about the new changes at Rue I have to admit, I was kind of shocked. You all just seemed so much a part of the Rue identity!! But now that I’ve had time to think and have read the other responses from you, Cassandra, and Anne I can totally understand! Best of luck as you find balance in your life, Bri. That’s so much more important at the end of the day!

    It’s SO. HARD. to make these kinds of decisions. Especially when you have the great benefit of working with friends; that’s never something that’s easy to walk away from. Kudos to you for realizing your limits and being brave enough to focus on what you want! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for DLF AND Rue in the future. ox

    Katrin says:

    Dear Bri,
    must have been a tough decision. I’m following your blog for a while, and I’m absolutely positive that you will go on with a happy and wild live. I hope that you’ll keep us all updated! Thanks for all the inspiration so far.
    All the best and *lots* of greetings from Germany.

    Shoko says:

    You will be so, so missed!

    Thanks very nice blog!

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