Throughout the year, TV ads duke it out for the top spot in The Thinkboxes, a bi-monthly award celebrating and honouring all forms of TV ad creativity.
Our Lurpak Adventure Awaitsspot was picked top of the 'boxes for March/April, thanks to some "pure TV brilliance". Thanks Thinkboxes!
Head over to the Thinkboxes site to read more about it from our lovely Lurpak client, Laurence.
Not only that, but another one of our deliciously creamy ads, Cravendale Barry the Biscuit Boy,was shortlisted for the award on account of "more trademark wackiness". Remind yourselves of Barry's milky cautionary tale:
Our office looks surprisingly tidy through the lens of photographer Paul Barbera, who stopped by recently to capture 16 Hanbury St for his project Where They Create, a visual documentation of creative working environments around the world.
For more glimpses of life inside W+K London, click here.
Last Friday the sun shone down as the whole agency set off to have some fun and raise some funds in memory of a very dear colleague and friend, Cheryl Rogers.
Cheryl was a huge part of Wieden+Kennedy, working with us for 12 years. She threw herself into absolutely every thing that she did with passion from her early days on Nike, to her time spent in the Shanghai office, touching pretty much all our clients in one way or another during her time with us. She contributed a huge amount personally and professionally to W+K and helped make us the agency we are today.
Cheryl joined as an AM and was a Group Account Director by the time she passed away, growing up with us as the agency grew in size. Her positivity, kindness and enormous sense of fun made her much loved by everyone around her and made lots of us incredibly proud to call her a friend.
We wanted to get together as an agency to do something to celebrate her life, to get everyone together and have some fun; just the way that Cheryl would have organised.
And we also wanted to do something useful. Cheryl was cared for exceptionally well by St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney. We were humbled by the work they do every day for so many people and wanted to raise some cash to help them continue to deliver such an amazing service to those in need of it.
So last Friday we launched the first annual W+K WALK – setting off around the East End where Cheryl lived (and visiting some local pubs) for a 10 mile walk in the sunshine. We donned specially designed colourful T-shirts and set out in the bright spring sunshine to explore Hackney a bit. We are proud to say we raised over £24k in doing so.
We were touched by the number of donations we received from friends and family, clients, partners and even people who passed us on the street. We are pleased to have created an event which has raised so much and also felt so fitting - Cheryl would have loved every minute of it – we hope it's the first of many.
Thanks very much to every one who donated and everyone who took part. If you would like to donate to St Joseph's, so you can here:
On Monday night, a couple of us went to check out Southern Comfort's blogger event at Arts Theatre Club in Soho for a bit of whatever's comfortable inspiration.
During the evening, Southern Comfort's own expert mixologist was on hand to give the group of bloggers some New Orleans-inspired cocktail ideas, ranging from the classic Hurricane to a delicious cocktail made with apricot jam.
The bloggers were also invited to create their own fun concoctions behind the bar, which they then made official by using the Go Drink Yourself gadget on Southern Comfort's newly reimagined website. We had a little go too... you know that shaky-shaky thing bartenders make look so effortless? It's hard.
W+K copywriter Erin Swanson (one of the aforementioned Americans), gives us her view of OFFF 2014:
It comes as no surprise to me that the Americans were the best speakers at the OFFF Festival 2014. I say that because I'm American, and I believe Americans to be superior in most ways. I'm kidding of course, which is something Americans do. Actually, that might be why they make such good speakers. Also, they curse, which always makes things more exciting, goddamnit.
I attended OFFFF in a slightly different capacity as my Art Director partner, David Goss (see his review below. Never knew he was so into toilets). I'm a writer, and so most of the names of OFFF's design industry speakers and past speakers didn’t sound familiar to me. I went in with little knowledge and no expectations, and that's probably why I enjoyed it.
Did you know that it takes a full year to make one music video for Arcade Fire? Cause I didn't.
Did you know that a degree in geology can lead to some pretty baller illustration skills? Cause I didn't.
Did you know that sponges have happy faces in Tokyo? Cause I didn’t.
Have you seen Fleur and Manu’s Hate or Glory video? Cause if you haven’t then you should stop reading this post and watch it now...
Did you know you can make 150,000 smackeroos designing the opening credits for a single Robert Downey Junior movie? Cause I didn’t.
Did you know that all you have to do to make an audience laugh is wear a plaid tuxedo jacket and talk about fried chicken? Cause I actually already knew that one…
Obviously Chip Kidd was the most entertaining speaker at OFFF because his presentation was well written, comically timed and riddled with witty zings on the publishing industry. But I learned something, even from the speakers who read off notecards the whole time. Ok maybe I fell asleep for a second during the guy with the geology degree… but I was probably just fatigued from all the learning!
Overall, David’s right. The less you know about a subject, the easier you are to impress. That being said, an entertaining presentation makes a big difference after 10 hours sitting in a plastic folding chair. But that’s the case with most “festivals” of public speaking. I once went to a real estate convention at an airport hotel in South Florida with my father. There were no windows, no Spanish hipsters and by the end I had a carry-on packed with three ring binders full of laminated topography charts. At least they had cool tote bags at OFFF!