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hey everyone! we held two social media workshops in our studio last weekend, and i was really happy with how they turned out. everyone had awesome questions and it really felt like we were all involved in a big conversation to help each other’s businesses. in this two hour workshop you will learn how to use pinterest, instagram, twitter and facebook for your blog or brand. i put together a ton of visual examples, stats and did a presentation on how i shoot and edit for instagram.

the next round of classes was announced yesterday to the mailing list and the new dates are half filled. go grab your spot right here. (there’s still a couple spots in the mixology workshops too!)


the perfect combination: delicious treats from donut snob (you have to try them, seriously) and a caffeine fix from handsome coffee roasters while everyone chatted before and after the workshop. hope to see you at the next session! -bri

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(photos by designlovefest & bottom photo by justine dorsey)



something i’ve learned after blogging for 4 years…you NEED resources. and you need to organize them. you may think of an idea and there should be a list that you can refer to so that you can make that idea happen. we use google docs so everyone on the team can easily add to the resource page.


we all want to make original content. i know for me, the posts that i have been most excited about where when i collaborated with other creatives! (this flower bomb, a backyard party, benefit beauty posts, my living room, style shoots, blogshop events) all of those posts took multiple people to make them possible, and they also made the process more enjoyable. (and easier!) here’s our list we keep around the office…





today’s question is: ”what makes a great boss?” (it’s a long one, we know!)



i love to ask this question to potential directors when i go on interviews. i’ve worked with amazing and award winning bosses and ones that made me cry and want to quit. watching the good and bad has made me realize what kind i want to be one day.




i have so many friends with jobs and great opportunities opening up and i wanted to share with you the details in case you are on the lookout for work. you can always click that link up top in my navigation bar that says “jobs” to check the job listings on a regular basis. see if there is a position you might be the perfect fit for! (i’ll be adding even more soon!)


see the list below for job listings near you! keep in mind it is always best to send all appropriate links & materials when submitting for the positions. we can’t wait to hear from you. -bri


company: designlovefest | Los Angeles, CA

job title: creative contributor; photographer, stylist (prop or wardrobe)

tasks include: we’re always on the hunt for creative people to help us create compelling content. we’re constantly putting together photo and video shoots and have room to expand our team. have a talent we didn’t mention? feel free to send your portfolio our way!

more details: from food to events to style to food, our influx of projects calls for more contributors. if you have something you’d like to share that we didn’t mention, we’d love to see it!

contact: please send portfolio with links and a little bit about yourself to:


company: Modernica | Los Angeles, CA

job title: marketing and photography coordinator

tasks include: product and event photography, photo editing, social media, website and blog updates, copy/content writing.

details: we are an established brand, in business for 25 years, and are looking for a writer/photographer to join our marketing team. we have a position opening soon for someone who possesses a variety of creative skills and is experienced with social media platforms including Instagram,  Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. the ideal team member is someone proficient in Photoshop, and WordPress, and who has experience creating content for a blog, while demonstrating an ability to work under pressure and submit work on time to meet our editor’s deadlines. this is a full time position at our factory in the los angeles area.



company: Karen Kimmel Studio | Los Angeles, CA

job title: senior graphic designer

tasks include: we are a multi-disciplinary creative and marketing agency seeking a senior graphic designer with a rock solid design foundation and outside-the-box creativity. you will be the senior designer in the studio working directly with creative leads to interpret and manifest creative direction on projects ranging from product and environmental design to print collateral and social media assets. you’ll maintain design and production schedules, supervise and manage supporting designers, maintain our wordpress websites and oversee the studio’s graphic design needs for various client-based and internal projects.

details: you should be visually literate, broadly creative, thoughtful and possess an awareness of current trends in the design, art and fashion worlds. it’s equally important that you are organized, able to manage your time amidst multiple projects and able to effectively communicate with colleagues, clients and vendors.  you have amazing typographic and image-making skills, you have advanced knowledge of the adobe creative suite, and extensive experience with various print production methods – offset, silkscreen, letterpress, foil stamping, digital printing, finishing, bindery and fulfillment.



company: Taylor Stitch | San Francisco, CA

job title: assistant production manager

tasks include: assist in sample production / specifications to determine any pattern and sewing issues. manage and inventory all trims. inspect all garments and ensure they follow Taylor Stitch standards for quality control. deliver goods and interface with in-city factories regarding production questions and issues. coordinate shipments and arrivals from our los angeles manufacturer. input data and help maintain production timelines. create flats and technical drawings.

details: this part time position will work closely with the production manger to organize production of all men’s and women’s garments. you must be self-motivating, extremely organized and passionate about learning more about the garment industry. the ideal candidate has a design or production background, recognizes seams at a glance and has a general understanding of garment construction.

contact: please apply here.


company: kitchensurfing | Los Angeles, CA

job title: la chef team coordinator

tasks include: lead the local la effort marketing kitchensurfing to chefs and identifying high quality candidates; work with the chef team at hq to vet and onboard chefs; provide both coaching and support to enable chefs to be more successful;liaison with chef, customer service and marketing teams at kitchensurfing hq; collaborate with la marketing manager on event programming and partnerships.

details: about you – ability to juggle back-end (chef) & front-end (customer) communications; love networking and fostering relationships in intimate settings and large groups; maintain a professional and confident communication style.

kitchensurfing is a global marketplace for people who love food. we are re-defining the dining experience while building the largest common table in the world – distributed at web-scale. come join us at our table. we are looking for a resourceful and hospitable team member to grow & manage kitchensurfing’s community of talented chefs in la to ensure our customer’s experiences are exceptional.

contact: interested? apply here.


company: | Los Angeles, CA

job title: graphic designer

tasks include: is looking for a design-savvy, super-fun graphic designer to assist with anything and everything graphic that comes up at headquarters in los angeles! tasks could include anything from catalog design to website graphics, marketing materials to packaging design, e-blasts, signage, blog posts, lookbooks, and everything in between. you’ll have a front-row seat to everything creative that happens at!

more details: we’re a creative, super-fun, VERY busy bunch, so we’re looking for someone who is a total self-starter…someone who is reliable, organized, efficient, and detail-oriented. you’ve gotta have a great aesthetic that can bring some sparkle and fun to the look. if you’re motivated, proactive, ultra-talented and always looking for inspiration, you might be our girl! or guy! proficiency in indesign, illustrator, and photoshop is a must, and if you can work your way around some html you get bonus points. and you’ve gotta have a macbook. this is a part-time, paid position.

 contact: please send a resumé, cover letter, and design portfolio to


company: Project M Plus | Los Angeles, CA

job title: graphic design intern (part-time, paid)

tasks include: design and develop logo and design identities, print collateral, presentations and digital content, photo editing, social media, website and blog updates, light administrative tasks

more details:  Project M Plus is a los angeles–based–collective of designers and architects. founded in 2009, our studio is based on the belief that design shapes how we experience the world. we respond to problems by crafting solutions—from the overall concept to the finest detail. we listen and practice design as a collaboration. our integrated structure allows us to form agile teams to take on projects ranging from logos to high rises. we like what we do and are looking to find a kindred designer to join our team.  we believe the ideal candidate is: passionate in executing high quality design that is simple and thoughtful, capable in translating conceptual ideas from either creative briefs or wireframes into engaging design solutions, proficient in creative suite, wordpress and social media platforms. reliable, creative, organized and a self-starter. own a macbook. popcorn lover a plus!

contact: please send your resumé, cover letter, and design portfolio to no phone calls please.


company: Ariel Gordon Jewelry | Los Angeles, CA

job title: office assistant

tasks include: we are looking for a part to full time addition to our team to facilitate all aspects of our growing jewelry business. we are looking for smart, bright-eyed applicants who are trust-worthy, detail-oriented, and dependable. you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the CEO of the company. responsibilities include: organizing and managing inventory supply levels at all times, and placing appropriate reorders with manufacturers to maintain those levels, processing and shipping retail and wholesale orders, shipping and receiving press and stylist samples, responding to customer service inquiries related to products, facilitating customer returns and exchanges, working with various suppliers in the downtown LA Jewelry District, organizing and maintaining the office, and working with the rest of our team to make sure everyone is always aware of current orders and inventory levels. you will also have the opportunity to assist with photo shoots, trunk shows, and events.

more details: we are a small company with big dreams so there is always room for growth depending on your past experience, future performance, and enthusiasm. you must be a highly organized and detail-oriented person. must have holiday availability!!

contact: please send a resume with any links, and a little about yourself to:


company:   Tinsel & Twine | Brooklyn, NY

job title:  part-time floral designer

tasks include:  we are looking for an experienced floral designer with a great eye for modern design and outside-the-box concepts. designers will be responsible for the execution of a range of pieces, which may include “traditional” arrangements, wearable pieces, bouquets, and installations. ultimately, we hope for this person to be able to lead concepts, manage projects, and mentor new team members.

details:  we are a floral and event design company catering to high-end clientele with a very unique sense of style. Our clients like design with a twist. our business is growing rapidly, so we are looking for team members who learn quickly, think on their feet, adapt as needed, and go with the flow with a positive attitude. good taste in Pandora stations a must.

contact:  please send portfolios, press links, or sample work to

 (photo in poster by max wanger)



hi guys! i am out of town this week teaching in san francisco, but katie is going to take over for me this week and answer today’s advice question: “what do you look for in a designer or intern?”


i look for a solid portfolio that shows a variety of print and web, a nice sense of color and layout. their site is usually straight forward and easy to navigate. when i contact them it’s nice when they respond in a timely manner. don’t keep people waiting or they’ll move on to the next person.

when i’m looking for help i also reach out to people in my network to see if anyone has a good recommendation. i keep in touch with one of my favorite professors from MICA and she always has someone’s info to pass along. every designer she has sent me has been hired. note to students: keep a good relationship with your classmates and your professors. think of them as your coworkers and your boss. they will be one of your most important assets when you graduate. your classmates will go off into the real world and get real jobs. when their boss says “we need help, know anyone?” they will think of you and if you showed up to class on time and if you presented killer work.

when i look at students i think it’s great when they take their project past what was required. i’ve seen some start with a packaging project. then they turned it into a lifestyle shot and then a social media campaign. it’s so great to see people thinking about the big picture. it’s also a major plus when a candidate has lots of skills vs just one. they are more valuable because they can help with so much more.

when it comes to the interview i like it when people look me in the eye. i also like a firm handshake. nobody likes a wimpy one. i know i shouldn’t but when someone gives me get a weak handshake they go down a couple notches in my book. i like when the person laughs or makes me laugh. i like to be around happy people so don’t forget to smile. i like when people ask me a lot of questions (makes me feel better about asking them a ton). i want them to be curious and have an extreme hunger for knowledge. it shows me they’re ambitious and eager to work hard.

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)

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