We’re proud of our former coworkers and all the awesome projects they’re working on. This week, we caught up with some Pivot alums to see what they’re up to:
Brian Pennington | Indianapolis, Indiana
Brian took a chance on Pivot before it was even born. In fact, he was its first employee, and he helped design our trademark bicycle. But after six years at Pivot, he got the chance to explore the intersection of tech and design at Studio Science—a consultancy focused on B2B brands and digital products. He now works as their design lead, and he also contributes to local startups (Tinderbox, Lesson.ly, and Visible, among others).
What led you to Pivot?
Jenn and I were working for Print Resources as she prepared to launch a new marketing company. When the plan was ready, she asked if I would join. It was an awesome experience to help create the company I would spend the next few years working for.
So, how did the Pivot logo come to be?
As we planned Pivot, we went back and forth on ideas for the logo. We were considering the idea of an interchangeable mark paired with a consistent logotype. We created three versions of the mark: the bike, a biplane, and a train. We loved the bike, so we used it first and never looked back. Now with the perspective of time, it’s almost awkward to consider using the others. The bike was always meant to be.
How did your work at Pivot prepare you for Studio Science?
Jenn entrusted me with a lot of responsibility from the beginning. And that level of trust forced me to grow multi-dimensionally. I learned firsthand what it meant to start and grow a business from the ground up. My immersion into the business was exponentially beneficial in preparing me for what was next.
What types of projects do you work on there?
As a design lead, I serve as the point of contact for both the client and our internal team. Day to day, that means helping the team create amazing work as well as ensuring projects are on time and in budget. Additionally, I’ve had the chance to contribute to a few of the companies we’ve started as well as some new ones you’ll hear about soon.