The United States has long been a haven for the creative. Every year, thousands of artists come here from all corners of the globe to test their mettle and see if they can achieve their dreams in a new and unfamiliar land. Some are searching for new experiences, others opportunities, and some still are seeking the challenge of starting a whole new life.

But what is it about the United States, out of all the countries in the world, that keeps drawing people in? At Bright Side, we believe there is power in diversity. The brightest lights are made up of every color, and just like that our society shines that much brighter when people from every walk of life are included. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we appreciate the contributions that each culture has to offer and recognize the tremendous things we can achieve when working together.

Bright Side aims to foster that spirit of unity by taking a closer look at the stories of creatives who have immigrated to the United States in pursuit of their dreams, overcoming any and all obstacles in order to enrich our society. Together, we can all learn to look on the Bright Side.

 

 

 

 
 
Photo Credit: Ben Derico

Photo Credit: Ben Derico

Melis is the founder of Bright Side and a design researcher with a background in ID and brand communication.

She has spent the past four years collaborating with design and strategy teams tackling complex challenges and contributing insights and strategic thinking to projects in high-visibility projects.

She specialize in using design thinking to understand what makes people tick, surface latent needs, and to form actionable insights that inspire design opportunities at all stages of the design process.

 

Photo Credit: Jill Conway

Photo Credit: Jill Conway

Bright Side’s written content is produced by Quinn Hargitai, a writer and photographer residing in New York.

After completing his Master’s in Teaching English at University of Maryland, Quinn lived abroad for two years in Albania, working with the United States Peace Corps to bring sustainable development to the Albanian education system.

Since his return to the U.S., Quinn has become a regular contributor to BBC Travel, having written a number of articles about his time in Albania and his other travels.