BrittanyHello! I’m Brittany Volk, a marketing designer, copy editor and writer for BluePearl Veterinary Partners — 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 70+ 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 campaign and redesign. It’s been exciting to apply my newspaper background to corporate marketing.

I’m also the co-host of Life of the Party, the podcast that teaches you just enough to get by. My dear friend Stephanie Hayes and I talk all things pop culture, and sometimes interview celebrities. Fist-bumping Kel Mitchell will be a highlight of my 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.

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.