People sometimes mistake our office for a shop, and try to get in so they can buy some of the crap we have littering up the reception area. We have a new sign to deter the shoppers, as Tony demonstrates below.
Have you ever wondered what we really do all day long at W+K HQ, other than shuffling bikes around in our lobby and enjoying alfresco lunches with our clients?
Well now you can see it for yourself through the gloriously monochromatic lens of our latest window installation, Real Life at Work.
Our Hello Neighbour team Karen Jane, Maya Roberts and Amy Leach have collaborated with graphic artist Emily Forgot and Laurie D to create Real Life at Work, a new living, breathing workspace specially created for our window to give the outside world a look at the way we work.
Emily says of the project "I'd been wanting to get a cheese plant into my work for a while so W+K's window proposal provided the perfect opportunity ... which office doesn't have a cheese plant! That aside, I enjoy playing with scale and pattern in my work as well making the mundane slightly surreal, so its was nice to incorporate all my aesthetic leanings into the brief. It was also fun to work with Laurie D who not only brought mechanical elements to the mix but collaborated with me on bringing the space to life. "
Check out Mr Tony D, our 'agency runner', coming up with some pure creative gold in the window.
You can keep an eye on who's working in the window on our live video feed over at www.reallifewk.com, made possible by the industrious Will Hooke, who can be seen here in a very accurate portrayal of the office at the moment – enjoying an ice cream.
If something particularly entertaining catches your eye in our window, take a little snap or a screengrab and think of your wittiest caption, tagging your Tweet with #helloneighbour. The best caption each week will win something truly special: the chance to say you've worked at W+K London (well, at least in our window).
Hello Neighbour is a creative initiative in which W+K extends a friendly handshake to our infinitely inspiring creative community. We regularly collaborate with local talent to create inspiring, jubilant and occasionally spine-chilling installations in our Hanbury Street window.
If you work or live within a one-mile radius of the agency and would like to collaborate with us, the Hello Neighbour team would love to meet you. Email email@example.com.
Sadly, it's time to take down our most recent HELLO NEIGHBOUR installation. This was our collaboration with the team at Inventory Studio and in partnership with the Truman Brewery. For those of you who didn't get to see the marvelous fusion of balance and typography in action, here is a little 'making of' film, made for us by James Ward.
So, what happens to the installation now?
Well, each letter will be returned to the source of its inspiration: In January we'll present each establishment whose typeface we have used with the foam letter itself. It really is great when things come together.
In the meantime you can still download The Truman Brick Face font. For free. From here.
Oh hi, Hello Neighbour here. You may have seen we’re back again. Yet another pop-up. With another visual treat in our Hanbury Street window.
This time we’ve partnered with local design studio Inventory to celebrate the variety of typography under our neighbourhood noses. The installation showcases, through balance and design, how great it is WHEN THINGS COME TOGETHER.
Spelling out this phrase, Inventory sought out twenty-two letter forms – all visible within a one mile radius of Wieden + Kennedy. They feature on local shop facades, building fronts, pubs and street signs. Some are hand-painted, others made in plastic or carved in stone. In our mobile sculpture, they are beautifully re-crafted and cleverly displayed. Just like our neighbourhood, the installation is eclectic, balanced and ever-changing. The only drawback is how difficult it is to photograph. Here's our latest attempt:
But we didn’t think that was enough. We wanted to do more. So we decided to make something that will live longer than our pop-up initiative will allow. A sort of local, typographical legacy. So Inventory created a bespoke font based on the lettering on the Truman Brewery’s 19th century chimney.
We’ve cut the typeface, Truman Brick Face, now available to all of you, free of charge. You can download it here: www.trumanbrickface.com.
The window is still live and, if you do download the font, why don’t you send us some examples of how you’ve used it. You never know, we may even post one or two on this very blog.
In addition to our Hello Neighbour agency team (KJ, Sophie, Laura, Alex and Brodie), a very special thank you goes out to Inventory Studio for their marvellous brains and beautiful handicraft and to the Truman Brewery for their wonderful letterforms.
HELLO NEIGHBOUR is a creative initiative in which W+K
collaborates with local talent to create installations in our Hanbury Street
window. This Halloween we are launching our first spine-tingling interactive installation, inspired by East London’s dark past.
Whitechapel was once a sprawling slum,
described as “perhaps the foulest and most dangerous in the whole metropolis”. To discover more,
we visited Bishopsgate Institute, which boasts a library full of wonderful
history, with insights into every corner of the area. Here we discovered that Wieden + Kennedy's building stands on the site of a former sewing school for women set up by
Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts.
When her father, founder of Coutts Bank, died in 1822
Miss Coutts become England’s wealthiest heiress. Appalled by the foul conditions
of the East End, she set her sights on improving the area. One of her first great works was to establish
the sewing school for young women who had “turned aside from a path of virtue”.
Here they could be taught, fed, and provided with work. Whilst her work was of notable success, sadly, she could not save them
The ghosts from this area have dark histories that still haunt the streets to this day. The Hello Neighbour Halloween Window evokes the atmosphere of a time much darker than ours but that can still be found, if we just look hard enough.
Founded in 1895, Bishopsgate Institute is a hub for culture and learning. The original aims of the Institute were to provide a public library, hall and meeting rooms for people living and working in the City of London. Today the Institute welcomes people with a thirst for knowledge on the local area with access to their library, collections, courses and cultural events. You can find out more HERE.
Developed in-house by our Creative Technologist Will
Hooke, the instillation is built using OpenFrameworks and uses
Kinect sensor to track the movement of people in front of the window.Working with musician Rose Dagul of Rhosyn, we created a soundtrack to
evoke a haunting atmosphere and entice passersby. As you approach the window,
you might get a glimpse of our ghost.
Come for a closer look, if you dare.
A huge thank you to Willam Hooke, Katie Harrison, Laura Vent, Ben
Hutton, Nico Engelbrecht, Lucy Pearson, Rose Dagul, Alex Rogers, Sophie
Bodoh, Karen Jane, Tony and Kim and all at the Bishopsgate Institute. A special thank you to our resident ghost, Chloe Roseman.
If you work or live within a one-mile radius of the
agency and would like to collaborate with us, the Hello Neighbour team would
love to meet you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A while back, KJ and Sophie had a vision for the WK window. After lots of graft, this afternoon that is an idea that has become reality.
Today we launch HELLO NEIGHBOUR, a creative initiative which sees us partner with local talent. The concept is simple: W+K works together with creative people who live, work or operate within a one mile radius of the agency. We collaborate on something to display in our window. This could mean working with local businesses or individual craftsmen from the area; whoever we would like to showcase in our space.
This afternoon's launch sees the first in the series of HELLO NEIGHBOUR projects. 'A little piece of the kingdom' is a mass collaboration between us and 15 talented artists from the local area, three of whom we call our own: Joe, Bowtox and Anders. The wooden Union jack installation sees each of the 15 artists own a slice of the flag that they have customized in their own way, building on the topical Jubilee moment.
A word from Hello Neighbour curators Sophie Bodoh and Karen Jane: “We want to maximise the use of this agency space and share it with the wider community. It shouldn’t just be a window into our day-to-day world, but also a display of the great creativity in our local area. There’s no better moment to spark collaboration in the East End than when the eyes of the world look to us for Jubilee and Olympic celebrations.”
With very special thank you to David Samuel for his huge effort on coordination of talent.Oh, and Matt Harriman for the hours of build and install.
If you’re in the area, do pop by and take a look at the work. And if you comment online, don’t forget to say #helloneighbour.
Future projects are already in the making but we are always open to new ideas. So if you work or live within one mile's radius of the agency and want to collaborate with us, Sophie and KJ invite you in for a cup of tea and a chat. Just email them first on email@example.com.
Happy Jubilee from Team HELLO NEIGHBOUR (KJ, Sophie, Ali Bobbe, Rory and Alex).
The agency holiday greetings are starting to pour in, and this bit of joy from Wieden + Kennedy London may just be our favorite. No doubt, the agency will manage to get even the Scroogiest of carolers to open their pipes with the Choir of You installation at the shop's Hanbury Street Home. Step in front of the festive window and you'll be inspired to sing your heart out and become a part of the season's good cheer, many times over.
We noticed that Wieden + Kennedy shares its initials with the royal couple William and Kate. W+K designer Jo Glover and spatial designer Philip Cooper were moved by this portentous omen to create a celebratory installation in the window of our Hanbury Street office.
They made a spectacular six-foot high wedding cake based on Royal wedding cakes from the past. The cake is now on display, attracting the attention of Shoreditch hipsters, Japanese art students and local residents.
They also built an interactive souvenir postcard maker.
This enables passers-by to make their own royal portrait and upload and share it on our special WKandWK Facebook page.
Here are a couple of nice ones:
We hope that our window installation will give Londoners and the 1.1 million visitors expected to the capital for William and Kate's wedding the opportunity to feel a little bit more royal for the day.
The day before the wedding, 28th April, Wieden + Kennedy invites everyone (well, so long as 1.1 million don't turn up) to come to the agency and enjoy one of our delicious royal W+K cupcakes, created by Lily Vanilli ‘The Queen of Cupcakes’ (ES Magazine). We'll be handing them out - FREE!
Not everyone is lucky enough to be one of the 1,900 guests invited to Will and Kate’s big day (they missed me off the list, for example) so we wanted to create a special experience where everyone is welcome. We want our guests to feel like royalty, and to share a piece of our cake. And even if you're not a monarchist, an extra public holiday is worthy of celebrating with cake.
As if that wasn't enough royal wedding-related stuff, the theme is continued in the current exhibition in Wieden + Kennedy's L Gallery.
This gallery is small enough to be located in the reception desk in our offices. The current display consists of some lovely royal wedding souvenirs.