What’s New at Blue

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    Makers’ Panel @ IHCC

    Melissa spoke at Make the Connection!, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Signature Breakfast. More than 800 business owners were in attendance to network, build relationships and be inspired. The event focused on “makers”: people who make products and services that create value and joy. Fellow speakers included Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

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    Chris Richards joins BD as a Designer

    Chris has called Chicago home ever since graduating from Harrington College of Design, and brings with him a wealth of experience, working for clients like Kellogg’s, Baxter and the Gateway Foundation. In addition to having an impeccable eye for detail and a penchant for illustration, Chris is an avid runner and horror movie enthusiast.

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    A grand finale: The Creative Challenge closes with a music video

    The Creative Challenge has ended with our third and final installment. Blue Daring Designer Shuky Leung and Writer + Strategist Courtney Griffin created a music video, featuring three artists of varied disciplines, creating works inspired by BD’s original music. The entire video was shot in one day, with each artist having just around four minutes to create their work.

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    Erika Park Joins BD as a Design Intern

    We’re excited to have a new member on board for the spring. Erika attends The School of the Art Institute where she is pursuing a degree in visual communications. In her free time, you can find her making books, 3D printing or indulging her inner foodie and sharing her eats on instagram. Thrilled to have her on the team!

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    Posters and Postcards: Creative Challenge 2 makes its debut!

    Envisioned by Creative Lead Ashley Kaneko and Ideation Lead Vanessa Mentor, this second installment of the challenge is a series of five posters that use photography, illustration and lettering to bring BD’s core values: vision, dichotomy, collaboration, purpose and a challenger spirit, to life. The posters will rotate throughout the city and have also been replicated in postcard-size.

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    Read all about it: BD in print

    In the first debut of our three-part Creative Challenge initiative, Blue Daring is excited to announce the release of Intertwined. It’s a hand-bound, screen printed book of original poetry and illustrations that brings the head and heart into conversation to take readers on a journey from ideation to creation. The book and original artwork was created entirely by Blue Daring designer Diane Johns and strategist Veronica Cruz.

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    Melissa appointed to Quinlan School of Business Board

    Blue Daring’s President and Founder Melissa Ballate was appointed to the Board of Advisors at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. As a Loyola alum, Melissa will now join a board that brings together global business leaders to offer strategic direction for the next generation of students.

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    Sharing wisdom at Practical Innovators

    Blue Daring President Melissa Ballate was a panelist at Chicago Innovation’s Practical Innovators event, hosted at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. The event featured a panel of educators and Chicago-based business owners discussing the practical applications of their forward-thinking visions. “The most important thing one can do with your business is having a strategy,” Ballate told an audience of students and entrepreneurs. “Because a short-term win doesn’t always mean a long-term gain.”

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    Courtney Griffin joins as Writer + Strategist

    We’re excited to welcome Courtney to the BD team! Courtney graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism and business, and has been working in Chicago for several years as a media strategist and freelance writer. When she’s not crafting copy, making mottos  or typing tag lines, she’s most likely watching an old movie or reading a new book. Welcome, Courtney!

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    The Art of Branding & Strategy

    As part of our 15 year celebration, Blue Daring’s team members are teaming up each quarter this year to create big works of art celebrating our work, our values and culture. Diane and Veronica are first up—we can’t wait to see what they do!

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