All photos courtesy of Kimberly Geneviéve.
Conqueror of creative ventures left and right, Bri Emery takes the cake when it comes to ladies who have the Best Job Ever. Her skills range far and wide, from running the Designlovefest blog and creative services Designlovefest Studio, to freelancing, designing, blogging, art directing, and teaching at Blogshop, a roving Photoshop workshop she dreamt up with photographer Angela Kohler. Really, it seems there’s nothing Bri can’t do with flying colors — we’re guessing they’re bold neons!
What did you do before you started Designlovefest in 2009?
I worked at a headphones company designing packaging and marketing materials. It taught me quite a bit, but was also the reason I started my own blog. I was in desperate need of a creative outlet.
How long did it take you until you could support youself via creative projects?
I spent four years as a designer in the corporate world while doing freelance on the side. In 2011, I made the jump and never looked back. It’s crazy what you can accomplish when you dedicate all your time to what you love to do most–people pick up on that.
What creative skills do you find reigning supreme in your everyday?
Having a degree in graphic design trained my eye and gave me the skills I needed to really brand my blog and make posts that you can’t find anywhere else. In a community so large, having a voice and being able to display that in a beautiful way are really the most important things.
You seem to have your hands dipped into a little bit of everything! What’s your favorite part of the job?
This year I’ve really enjoyed focusing on creating original content, such as producing style shoots and working with brands I love.
Can you describe an average day in the life?
There really is NO standard. Each day is filled with many emails, social media, blog post hunting, event planning, and Photoshop. When I’m not doing those things, I’m talking to my blogger friends about those things I just mentioned. It’s pretty nonstop!
Your blog has a slew of rad contributors! How did you go about selecting who to partner with?
There is so much talent out there in the world, I figured why not wrangle in a couple people who can bring in a cool new perspective? Most of the people working for Designlovefest are friends or people I have worked with on past projects. I’m quite picky, so I was sure to choose people who I knew could deliver. They sure haven’t let me down!
In honor of Bri’s creative accomplishments, we’ve named this special blouse after her! Snag your own Designlovefest Top.
Between Blogshop and other tutorial-style collaborations in your world, you do a lot of skill sharing. What made you want to teach and lead in creative industries? Have you found a different type of satisfaction in such projects?
I’m not sure what made me go all Dr. Phil all of a sudden! After our first Blogshop class I remember being absolutely exhausted, but so inspired at the same time. Seeing the look on the students’ faces when they have those ‘AH-HA!’ moments is truly priceless. Plus, as a blog reader, I wanted to give people the skills they need to make the internet a better-lookin’ place.
What’s the worst or first job you ever had?
The only job I’ve ever had, other than graphic design, was when I was 18 and worked at a tanning salon for two weeks. My friend was the manager and I thought it would be fun to work together. Then, I realized I was actually losing money because I was making so little and driving so far, so that was the end of that. Luckily for me, I discovered I love graphic design—and being pale!
What world will you be conquering next?
Video! Creating them for my blog and teaching people how to make them easily in Blogshop.
What would you tell a 10-year-old Bri?
You need to chill out.