I’m Brittany Volk, a marketing designer, copy editor and writer for BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital — a pet hospital with its home base in Tampa, Florida. I’m part of small team of creatives, communicators and digital pros who support all of our 90+ hospitals nationwide. BluePearl is growing fast, which means I’m constantly multitasking and learning new things. I’ve designed event booth walls, medical posters and workbooks, as well as essential hospital marketing collateral. And later this year, we’ll be launching a new brand redesign. It’s been exciting to apply my newspaper background to corporate marketing.

To keep me forever busy, I also take on freelance clients and design internal company newsletters, e-cookbooks for local bakeries and wedding invitations.

If you are interested in working together, please email me.

my past life

For the Tampa Bay Times, I worked alongside writers, editors, photographer and artists to create functional and beautiful layouts for the features/entertainment sections of the paper. Sure, it was basically moving words and pictures around on pages, but my obsessive organizational skills and eye for clean design gave readers a friendly newspaper experience. As an art director, I commissioned illustrations for Times stories from talented artists all over the globe. I can barely draw a stick figure, so that part was the most fun.

Wanting to share my troubling TV habit, I also started writing for the Times. It began with an obit to Dr. McDreamy, and soon I was heading to a country icon’s concert to review Willie Nelson. I penned the occasional food essay, such as my ode to New Jersey pork roll and my dad’s creative birthday cakes. Find a collection of my words here.

In my last effort to keep one foot inside the Times, I co-hosted a podcast, Life of the Party, where my friend and wondrous wordsmith Stephanie Hayes gossiped about the latest pop culture news and interviewed local and famous celebs. Meeting Kel Mitchell is in my top 5 moments of my life.

Forever a Midwesterner at heart who only misses sweaters, not the freezing-nose-hair cold weather, I grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with degrees in Journalism and Studio Art.

Download my resume here.

One day, my friends will stop getting married, but in the meantime, I’m happy to lend my talent designing their wedding paper goods, especially when they splurge for letterpress printing or masterful photography.

Illustration by Marilena Perilli.

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