The BCS Graphics Team: Telling Compelling Stories through Visual Media

How much thought have you given to the images that define your organization? Visual identity is important for any company, and graphic design plays a vital role in the way audiences interact with and perceive your business. From logos and branding materials, to infographics and charts, to videos, to professional reports and fact sheets, to innovative and interactive web design—the visual media you use can both make your products more accessible to users and tell a compelling story about your brand and mission. Here at BCS, we’re really proud of our expert Graphics Team. Check out the infographic below for an overview of the products that we offer, and stay tuned for more infographics about the graphic design products we create.

BCS Graphics Team products and services

  • PRINT DESIGN & PUBLICATIONS
    Reports  ♦  Fact Sheets  ♦  Case Studies  ♦  Posters  ♦  Business Cards  ♦  And More!
    We design and develop a wide variety of print materials, with prime expertise in producing large reports, fact sheets, and case studies. We create striking and professional-looking designs that will make your products stand out and appeal to your audience. We assure fast turnaround, unmatched service, and stunning results.
  • LOGO DESIGN & BRANDING
    Logos  ♦ Templates  ♦  Branding  ♦  And More!
    We understand the important role that visual identity plays in the way an organization presents itself to both internal and external audiences, and we offer extensive experience in designing effective visual brand identities for businesses, organizations, programs, and events. From single logos, to corporate stationery, to brand identity packages, BCS designers can help give your products personality and separate them from the competition.
  • WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
    Websites    Intranets   Open Access Portals    And More!
    We develop effective, modern, and responsive user interfaces for websites and applications with open-source content management systems (Drupal, WordPress) and SharePoint. Whether developing websites, intranets, or open access portals, we apply effective solutions and always keep the end user and user experience in mind.
  • DATA VISUALIZATION & INFOGRAPHICS
    Interactive Reports    Maps    Technical Illustrations    Training Modules  ♦  And More!
    We turn boring, static data into striking interactive reports, charts, and maps; technical illustrations; and interactive games and training modules by utilizing cutting-edge technologies, including Adobe Flash, HTML5, XML, JavaScript, Google Maps, Tableau, and Highcharts.

The examples above represent just some of our Graphics Team’s capabilities. BCS’ three talented designers, Brandi Boykin, Jen Caul, and Jared Largen, hold more than 27 years of combined experience providing captivating visuals for federal, state, and private-sector clients. With demonstrated success in translating technical information into products that are dynamic, visually engaging, and accessible to diverse audiences, our designers exemplify verifiable skill in using visual media to tell a wide range of compelling stories. To see additional examples of their work, check out our Graphics Team’s online portfolio and collection of select interactive tools.

The BCS Graphic Design Team

Brandi Boykin Jen Caul Jared Largen
Brandi Boykin Jen Caul Jared Largen

For more information, please contact Lindsay Southerland, manager, at lsoutherland@bcs-hq.com.

Five Teachers That Have Inspired BCS Staff

As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we at BCS wanted to take a moment to celebrate some of the influential teachers in our lives. Teachers have a tough job, but their influence on us is often felt far into the future. Read on to see which teachers have inspired these five BCS employees, and consider thanking the teachers in your life this week!

  1. Bob Ward, Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, Illinois

    BCS Research Analyst Stephanie Kovanda Layman: Ever heard of a little musical called Hamilton? Well, my AP U.S. History teacher Mr. Ward made up the very first historical rap I had ever heard featuring Alexander Hamilton and one of his many political adversaries, Thomas Jefferson. While he was no Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mr. Ward had an incredible talent for instilling in his students passion for and critical thinking of American history, all while making the subject matter so entertaining we did not realize just how much information we were absorbing. To this day, thanks to Mr. Ward, I still have a random understanding of John C. Calhoun’s bleak influence on American history and appreciation for his incredible hair. More importantly, of course, I learned from Mr. Ward just how important it is to look back with a critical lens as we consider the present and future.

  2. Jenny Penniman, Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland

    BCS Senior Manager Liz Penniman: Not to be corny, but my mom has been the most inspirational teacher in my life. I’ve never met a teacher, or really even a human, who is (a) so passionate about math and (b) so passionate about getting others to like and understand math. While I chose a profession as far from the subject as possible, I credit her with my ability to be right and left brained (to an extent), as well as with my desire to follow my passions in life. And, I’m going to brag about my mom for a second… She has 5 out of 5 stars on ratemyprofessor.com!

  3. Phyllis “Flip” Knutson, La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    BCS Manager Lindsay Bixby Southerland: Mrs. Knutson is the teacher who had the biggest impact on my life—it’s not a coincidence that I had her for geography, U.S. History, and then as a teaching assistant in high school. What is most notable about her is that she really inspired students to live up to their potential and treated everyone with great kindness. Even though we only made it up to World War II in the history class, she taught in such a way that made students want to learn more during the summer. That is a feat in and of itself! I am grateful for all I learned in her classroom and about how important it is to be respectful to others no matter the circumstance. Thank you, Mrs. Knutson!

  4. Dr. Kathleen Anderson, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida

    BCS Communications Specialist Kelsey Satalino: I credit Dr. Anderson with really teaching me how to write and think critically. While I technically knew how to write before stepping into her classroom my sophomore year of college, she had such high standards for writing, researching responsibly, and crafting critical arguments that I feel like my writing was completely transformed. Dr. Anderson also incorporated fun interactive learning activities into her lesson plans; to this day, I have fond memories of running around her Victorian Literature classroom, screaming as we acted out a scene from Great Expectations (I was Miss Havisham). Over the years, I took several English classes with Dr. Anderson, and she pushed me to work on my writing outside of class and provided countless hours of guidance as I tried to figure out my career aspirations. She was a hugely influential person in my life.

  5. Dr. William Watson, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, Colorado

    BCS Lead Technical Research Analyst Garrett Shields: The teacher that had the largest impact on my education was Dr. William Watson, Professor of History at Colorado Christian University. He had a contagious enthusiasm for history that involved pacing, jumping, and energetically swinging his legs while sitting on a table at the front of the classroom. You couldn’t help but pay attention to what he was saying. Dr. Watson also would engage in, and even encouraged, lively debates with students. He perfectly displayed how to disagree with someone’s opinion without disparaging them or losing any respect for them as a person or for their intellect. Because of Dr. Watson, there are far more lovers of history and kind-yet-critical thinkers in the world.