I love organization. Plain and simple. This resulted in the creation of the agency face sheet and process workflow documents simply for clarity. I even organized a weekly Food Truck Wednesday event for the office park — because who doesn’t love good food?.
Will Benham and I started a weekly meeting with the younger creative teams at EVB to help them develop the skills of great designers, art directors and copywriters. We shared tips and tricks that we'd picked up along the way and wish someone had passed along to us. There was a "no such thing as a stupid question" policy and an occasional little reference book because, well, I love bookbinding. Click here to scroll through.
“Had it not been for Will and Allison taking me under their collective wing, I don’t know how I would have made it through my first months at EVB…Watching Will and Allison work as a team provided an ideal example of how I hope to get things done—not only are they brilliant at what they do, they are considerate, caring, and just all around fantastic people to work with. The two of them saw a need for guidance and mentorship, and instead of just saying “we don’t have time,” (which they didn’t), they started EVBasics. Having a comfortable space to ask questions, especially to two people who we respect and admire as much as Will & Allison, was (and continues to be) absolutely invaluable to myself and the rest of the junior team. ”
— Carly Blitz, Writer
“Inside knowledge is usually very well protected in agencies. Either you learn from your mistakes the hard way, or maybe you find the right mentor that most likely doesn’t have the time to talk to you. #EVBasics was neither. I had TWO very willing, open and experienced mentors casually talking to me and a few others about everything from how to do an expense report, to the best steps to take when I’m having a creative brain fart. #bestthingtohappentomycareer ”
— Cassia Peterson, Designer/Art Director
“#EVBasics is the class I wish I had in college - real world advice, tips and tricks from the wickedly talented Will and Allison, and no homework. I learned so much and am so grateful for them taking us under their wing and helping us improve our skills. 10/10 would learn again.”
— Ashley Rutstein, Writer