Lessons Learned Night Caving

The other day I was looking for something and found a slip of paper with 30 things I wanted to do before I die.  Can’t remember when I decided to craft this list. Most likely on a plane. I tend to get reflective on planes, don’t you? Number 28 made me laugh. No. 28:  Go night …

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Farewell Marissa

What is your biggest takeaway from your internship? Understanding the different parts, people, and talents it takes to make quality work for the projects we have. Seeing how people focus on their individual tasks, to how they tie together as a collective impact is a fulfilling process to see. The daily tedious tasks are important, …

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A Word on Words

“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to.” -Emily Dickinson  As Chief Wordologist at Brains on Fire, it probably comes as no surprise that I like words. But one of the things I like most about words is that they are accessible to everyone. Once you know how to read, every thought, concept, rebellion, …

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The Brains on Fire Guide to a Drama-Free Office Holiday Party

Office holiday parties can be full of drama, but have no fear, we at BOF have a quick list to make sure those office Ho Ho Ho’s don’t turn into No No No’s.     Don’t diffuse Frankincense essential oils. Also, don’t diffuse any essential oils.   Don’t declare that there is a ‘war on …

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And the Color of the Year Award Goes To…

Well. It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. No, not Christmas. Pantone COLOR OF THE YEAR time! In case you’ve been living under a rock, once a year Pantone emerges from their presumably colorful lair and declares one color to rule them all. This year’s chosen one? Pantone 15-0343, “Greenery.” The award is supposed to …

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On the Road

Nine Profound and Not-So-Profound Things I’ve Learned While on the Road

Seven months ago, I had never traveled for work. Not really, anyways. In a previous life as a journalist, I’d stayed in boutique hotels and tourist towns for travel assignments. But as I’ve learned, working while traveling is an entirely different beast than traveling as work. Since mid-May 2016, I’ve flown over 23,500 miles and …

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Friday Fotos | ‘Tis The Season Edition

‘Tis the season 🌲🍪🎅🏽 Today is your big moment. 10:10, @brandautopsy‘s witching hour 🍂🍭🍁🌈🍃 // 📸:@laura_garvin Searching for our next graphic designer! Apply at the link in our profile. // 🎨: @maddsean Street art in Rapid City on one of the many #BrainsOnTheRoad trips this year. // 📸: @genochurch Brainwriting is our favorite way to ideate. …

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NOW HIRING: Graphic Designer

Hear ye, hear ye! Brains on Fire is on the hunt for a qualified Graphic Designer to join our team. Our ideal candidate is a creative powerhouse with the ability to keep multiple plates spinning at the same time. Here’s a peek at what you can expect your design days to look like at BOF: DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Creatively …

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Friday Fotos | BOFLA Is Hiring Edition

BOFLA IS HIRING! Know a plate-spinning project manager // stone cold client facing badass in the LA area? Tag them in this post so they can COME WORK FOR BRAINS! Apply here. “Despite being a creative, I’m not someone who thrives on chaos. I want to manage my days – not the other way around. So …

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Intern Halftime

With half her internship behind her, we recently checked in with Marissa to see how things are going in the life of a BOF intern…   WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR INTERNSHIP:   What has surprised you the most? There are so many projects people are working on! It’s fun to see and engage with the activities …

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Lessons from a Telegram to Katie Couric.

My first real job out of college was with a firm that did car dealership advertising. We represented about 22 dealerships in all. Whew. Fun times. One of the men who owned the firm was an interesting man. He had a very nice luxury car (makes sense, right) but he was absolutely TERRIFIED of driving. Part …

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It’s Cyber Monday. The world is hard at work…at work…pretending to work, while secretly trolling Amazon for the best deals. For the first time in a long time, I am not joining them in the thrill of the deal chase. I have more than enough, which is a reality I have recently been forced to confront. …

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10 PERFECTLY DESIGNED Conversation Starters for your Thanksgiving Table

Many of us may find ourselves at uncomfortable Thanksgiving tables this year. As designers and communicators, we at Brains on Fire set out to design the PERFECT conversation starters for any turkey gathering. These starters are guaranteed to keep your family talking for hours and away from the most sensitive (ahem, political) topics. Happy Thanksgiving …

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How not to live an ordinary life.

I grew up in a small town. So growing up, my world was very small. We never went on vacations because my dad was a workaholic. He was always at work. My mom drove, but not far. Just to the store or downtown or to visit my Grandmother. And she never drove after dark. She …

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Friday Fotos | Archetype Edition

The ever-dapper OG, GC. @genochurch “Dang, thems some fancy words.” @rooftoptales gives a quick-and-dirty, super simplified breakdown of basic photography terms on the blog. Have you ever thought about which archetype epitomizes your brand? It’s a fun exercise that leads to a deeper understanding of your passion and purpose. Try it out sometime! Now watch me …

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Permission to think.

Years ago I used to take my summer vacations at a very quiet resort in Jamacia called the Jamacia Inn. It wasn’t super fancy. But it was magical. There was also no TVs. No internet. No parties. No planned activities. Just a really simple place with a private beach and a few scattered sailboats and …

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Okay, but really, what do I do?

I’m not a professional photographer and would never claim to be one. But chances are you aren’t one either. But maybe you want to get better at making images, and you don’t know where to start. This is for you, fam.  Where were we again? Oh. Right. I’d just overwhelmed you with WORDS about PHOTOGRAPHY …

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Friday Fotos | Eat Cookies, America Edition

Sending out aaaalllllll the good vibes on this hallowed Jam Day! 🍁 The man, the myth, the legend : @gregcordell. America needs a couple or three cookies today. 🇺🇸🍪 The dynamic duo taking it all in at @semashow. // 📸:@rooftoptales Cheers to DST courtesy our#BOFLA principal Ben, who was in our GVL office this week. …

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One more story about the Cub’s win.

My big brother sent an email to me last week after the Cubs won. It made my heart smile and it also reminded me that those of us who take time with kids, our own or others make memories that last for a very, very long time. Make them magical. Also, that power of story …

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Friday Fotos | Scary Snacks Edition

When it comes to community ROI at Brains, engagements are our greatest indicator of success. Impressions and reach are good and well, but an engaged community has real, vibrant conversation, strong connections, and the potential to change the world. How do you measure ROI? Just add a PSL and you’re set for the weekend. 🍂💁☕️🎃 …

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