Paul Bainsfair, Chairman of the IPA, popped in today for a cup of tea and to say congratulations on 15 years as a member of the UK trade body. Feels quite grown up. And now we have a nice plaque for the mantelpiece.
Last week saw our Hanbury Street offices taken over by kids. In partnership with Enabling Enterprise, we hosted a challenge day for a select group of 20 Pupil Premium students from Stamford Hill primary school aged between 7 and 10.
Over the course of a day, we attempted to give these kids a taste of what it’s like to work in the creative industry. Split into teams and paired with volunteers from WK who acted as their mentors, we set a challenge to design the perfect office space, inspired by a tour of our offices. At the end of the day, the kids presented their work back to a panel of WK judges, like a baby version of Dragon’s Den. Our panel featured our very own office manager Ronny, ECD Tony D, art buyer Laura, and creatives Katie, Laurie and Toby.
After much deliberation and some tear-jerkingly cute presentations, which included talks of dinosaurs and time machines, the winners were The Kool Kajad Kids (Kajad being an amalgam of the first letters of each of the group members’ names; K=Kyran, A=Ajja, J=Jean-Baptiste, A=Arad, D=David). Presenting with impressive charisma and confidence, their vision included a giant fish tank spanning across an entire wall, containing whales of course, and a castle/fjord entitled ‘Jean-Baptiste’s Design Studio’. They even used 3D effects on their poster, incorporating collage techniques to bring to life various French landmarks including a miniature obelisk and The Eiffel Tower. Thinking big but also within reason and in Ronny's words “presenting ideas that we could actually build,” they were the stand-out team.
Watch this space for some more exciting events to come as part of WK’s Doing Good Initiative. In the meantime, check out the pictures from the big day.
Our office is a bit of a mess. Office manager Ronny decided we need a major spring clean. We even got a mini-skip (above). Here's Ronny's assessment of the results:
OK, thanks for all your effort this morning. The office looks much better indeedy.
Prize for best team/table goes to the ‘3’ team in the Sherlock Holmes room. Hoorah!
Prize for best individual goes to Chloe who has been annoying the TV dept for three weeks now and sent about 80 boxes into storage.
And finally the shittest team/table, who barely lifted a finger because they are just too important to tidy or they look like they had only just stumbled in from the pub about two minutes ago goes to the ‘Nike’ team. The little bit of tidying was actually done by me. If you ever get invited to one of their houses for dinner, don’t go. I bet their houses are proper filth.
Here they are with their prize – a sticky dog shit in a box. They then decided that their area wasn’t messy enough and threw it onto the ceiling. NICE.
News of ECD Tony’s birthday turned up in newspaper The Echo, which reported, “We had to make a lifesize bust of Tony Davidson (a brilliant advertising creative executive, responsible for the Flat Eric ad/character), so I felt the pressure to get this one really perfect. Radio One’s rock DJ Dan P Carter came in to Fancy Nancy to help with the sculpture on the cake and went to work carving out the face. We spent a few days creating this piece – it was huge! I had to hire a van and get a stretcher made to carry the cake on as it was so big. It was all made of Belgian chocolate truffle torte, and there was enough to serve 300 people.Tony loved it and they had a great time hacking it to pieces.”
Nice to see that 'brilliant' Tony's still being linked to Flat Eric and gets no credit for any of the work he's done in the 15 years since that! Lovely pic of Freddie enthusiastically trying to hack off Tony's head.
You know the expression "don't shoot the messenger"? Our account handlers take it pretty seriously but now they've taken it to the next level. Because sometimes, when approaching Tony and Kim's desk, it's better to be safe than sorry...
[Andy Kay, W+K GAD, not quite camouflaged but still feeling pretty confident. Let's see how this pans out.]
We held a little celebration in our basement last night in honour of Tony's 50th birthday. Of course, we thought a near-life-sized cake sculpted in Tony's likeness was appropriate for the occasion (thanks Fancy Nancy!).
Staying true to his ECD nature, Tony critiqued the cake in front of the entire agency. Apparently the waxy ears are spot on, but he's not quite sure about "that much grey hair". Sure, Tony. We also put together a book of everyone's favourite stories about Tony over the years to mark the occasion. Boy are there some gems in there...
It was also W+K creative Freddie's birthday, so Tony kindly let Freddie behead him before proceeding to stab himself in the back and dig out chocolate cake for everyone to enjoy. Well, we have always thought he was a bit soft on the inside...