make some noise

Looking out from W+K Towers today it's pretty dreary, drizzly and dark. But looking in? Well there's plenty of light radiating from our W+K window… Today we launch our latest installation in collaboration with the annual London Design Festival: we're hosting local designer Anna Burns' interior textile collection. 

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The festival kicked off over the weekend promoting our capital’s creativity. We're proud to sit within the designated 'Shoreditch Design Triangle' – one of the many 'Design Districts' set up all over London hosting a series of events easily accessible by foot. Local Art Director Anna Burns felt like a perfect partner for us and we're incredibly proud to showcase and support her work. 

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Anna Burns Object is an interiors brand specialising in textiles and home accessories and this, ‘Occhio Di Marmo’ is her first textile collection.

Inspiration comes from cult Italian movie thrillers from the 60s and 70s. The geometric prints reference old movie sets and include jewel-coloured textures taken from various resources. 

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But it's not just pretty to look at! The interactive installation invites passers-by to control how much noise goes on inside the topsy turvy room. By activating the textile on the pavement outside W+K, you can open different doors around the 'room', each with different levels of sound. 

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The London Design Festival runs until 27 September so if you're passing, come make some noise. 

Could you be our next Creative Community Manager?

W+K would like to meet a Creative Community Manager.

As a Creative Community Manager you sit on the interface between our brands and the general public. Beyond managing social channels and coordinating campaign activity you will have the opportunity to get involved with both creative and strategic work in all kinds of ways.

This role represents an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate looking to learn from our established Social Media Team or a more for experienced candidate to make their mark on one of the world’s leading creative agencies.

 What kind of person are we looking for?

  • You’ll have real passion for social creativity, and an in-depth knowledge of best-in-class work
  • Strong creative writing skills are absolutely essential. An ability to craft video, GIF and infographics are preferred along with an understanding of photography
  • You’ll know the platforms inside out and have sound technical knowledge
  • You’ll be fascinated by user behaviour and genuinely love interacting with people
  • You’ll have strong creative judgment and meticulous attention to detail
  • You’ll have an ambition to make exciting, innovative, groundbreaking things happen.

What will you be doing?

  • Everyday community management duties across various brand projects (inc. moderating & scheduling)
  • Generating plans for always-on and campaign based content
  • Copywriting & sourcing/briefing/concepting/creating visual content
  • Working with media agencies to determine how the content lives online
  • Managing social content creation both within the agency and through partners
  • Data analysis to establish insights to optimise future work
  • Participating in the creative development to insure that smart social thinking is baked into everything that we do

We’d love it if you:

  • Have some experience managing brand communities/social media accounts, ideally across several categories/sectors
  • Have an active personal online presence
  • Have the confidence to voice your point of view amongst some experienced and opinionated (but lovely) people!
  • Can efficiently manage your own time and workload
  • Bring your personality to work with you, making the agency a better place because you’re here

What support will you have?

This role has its roots in the Planning Team and you will report into our experienced Lead Community Manager.

Beyond that you will sit in the heart of cross-functional teams where Brand Planners, Creatives, Account Handlers and Creative Producers work with you to bring our ideas to life. 

Please send a CV and cover letter to communitymanager.london@wk.com with the subject line Creative Community Manager Application. Applications close on the 21st of September 2015. Thanks for taking the time to apply.

 

 

On set with Honda in Kiev

We've already blogged about out latest work for Honda but please indulge us as we share some imagery from the making of 'Ignition'. 

Our team had an unforgettable experience working with our friends at Honda. 

We set up home in the Ukraine for a fortnight, shooting on the Podolsko-Voskresenskiy bridge in Kiev. 

These shots, captured by our very own Honda GAD, Nick Owen, depict the action from 'behind the scenes'.

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The bridge of dreams:

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Jenson looks focused as he prepares for lift off:

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Soichiro Honda’s famous quote emblazoned on a helmet – ‘Without racing there is no Honda’:

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Anti-gravity effect to the max: 

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We built a custom studio on the bridge to shoot each night:

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Scott, James, Nick and ASIMO relax between shots:

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We teamed up with Somesuch and Radioaktive to produce the spot, directed by the lovely Aoife McArdle:

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And here are some portraits from the shoot… 

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Wieden+Kennedy London seeks PR Manager

Are you a culturally connected digital native with a passion for creativity and experience in PR and/or media? Can you help W+K become one of the world’s most admired creative businesses? Are you interested in a new job? Then read on! 

About Wieden+Kennedy

We are an independent, creatively driven advertising agency that creates strong and provocative relationships between good companies and their customers. The London office was founded in 1998 and we now have a team of over 200 smart, lovely, hard-working people.

Our founding goal was to do the best work of our lives for inspiring clients. We’ve tried to stay true to that aspiration ever since. Our core skill is advertising but these days that can encompass everything from building mobile apps to curating social media content.

We’re probably best known for our work on Nike, with whom we have worked for over 30 years. Other clients include Action For Children, Finish, Honda, Lurpak, Nurofen, Ovo, Rovio, Samsung, Southern Comfort, Three, Trident and Tyrrells.

Role overview 

As PR manager for Wieden+Kennedy London you will be responsible for promoting us and our work, securing external media coverage, managing our own media channels, assisting our clients with campaign PR, organizing events, developing PR strategies and plans, connecting us to culture, clients and partners 

Responsibilities include:

// Agency

+ Keeping W+K London’s own channels up to date with news and views

+ Keeping W+K London profiles across other media platforms up to date

+ Being main point of contact for all media enquiries and press relations

+ Managing content for agency’s ‘shop window’ on Hanbury Street

+ Liaising and co-ordinating with W+K Global PR team 

// Campaigns

+ Identifying which campaigns should be promoted and to which extent

+ Writing media releases and preparing release packs

+ Advising teams on additional assets – behind the scenes images etc

+ Finding additional angles for types of media beyond trade press

+ Campaign launch / amplification, monitoring coverage

+ Being main point of contact for production partners on outreach plans

// Clients

+ Working with creatives and account teams during campaign development, giving guidance on PR potential of ideas and generating proactive ideas for PR activations as part of campaign

+ Assisting clients with management of PR around marketing initaitives

//Cultural Connections

+ Helping to ensure that we are connected to the latest thinkers, makers and influencers in culture, locally and further afield.

+ Identifying potential partners and collaborators for agency projects

+ Providing information and inspiration for agency projects

// Events

+ Seeking opportunities for W+K presence at events, conferences and awards juries and approaching organisers, suggesting appropriate W+K London person, topics and partners

+ Helping W+K speakers shape content of talks and gather assets

+ Ensuring events are covered in agency channels

// Awards

+  Managing award win announcements

+ Event attendance

+ Promoting wins on W+K London owned channels

//Other

+To be an ambassador and evangelist for all things W+K-related

 

Experience and qualifications

– Good knowledge and understanding of marketing, advertising, media, popular culture.

– Excellent written and verbal communications skills

– Excellent understanding of new platforms, social media and emerging trends in tech and society

– At least two years’ experience in media, advertising, journalism, PR or related industry

-  Understanding and experience of successfully generating awareness, buzz, impact, debate, enhancing reputation, attracting eyeballs and grabbing attention

– Connections and contacts in the world of media, technology, culture, art, etc would be an advantage.

– Ability to get along with peers and clients in a fast-moving, busy environment

– Affinity for how we do things around here: lack of ego, willingness to do whatever it takes (within prevailing legal and moral norms), high level of attention to detail and pride in doing things well.

– EU citizenship / work permit 

Does all the above sound like you?

Send your C.V. with a covering letter explaining why you think this might be the right job for you to alex.rogers@wk.com

If you don’t hear back from us within four weeks of application then your application has been unsuccessful. Sorry. Thanks for applying and best of luck with whatever you do next.

Fresh new faces

We've welcomed a host of lovely new people into the W+K family recently; it's probably about time we introduced them.

Chris.chapman

This is Chris Chapman. He joins our design team from Grey where he worked on Volvo and Lacoste. Chris has some great fun facts. He once ate 43 Weetabix (and 2 litres of milk) in a talent completion. He came third. He has a genetic condition which makes him resistant to many common illnesses and fortifies his bones against injury. He has recently finished writing 'Sci-fi-orator'; a science-fiction book, which he describes as "not really science fiction". 

Patti.doxey

A big welcome to Patti Doxey. She has joined us from JWT and is now a member of our lovely PA department.  Patti grew up on the Chatsworth estate where the duchess taught her to drink tea and she recently got married to a chef, clever girl. Congrats Patti!

Manjinder.bal (1)

Manjinder Bal joins our Finance department ,working in accounts payable. In his previous life, before joining the media industry, he dabbled in real estate property management and also spent a number of years in the world of importing and exporting of ladies' shoes​. 

Amy.dunlop (1)

Joining our HR team as lead HR manager is the lovely Amy Dunlop. After seven years at Hall & Partners, Amy decided to give good old W+K a shot. Something you should know about Amy: David Blaine once took a bit of a shine to her on a flight back from New York and left his seat in upper class to join her in economy where he fed her bread rolls. Strange!
 
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Our Studio welcomes a new (old) face in the form of Adrian Guerin. Adrian freelanced with us back in 2013 and loved it so much he's back for good. Before he returned to us he travelled to Australia overland via Turkey, Iran and India, where he got to dabble in photography, his other passion. Glad to have you back, Adrian!
 
To be continued…
 

Johnny, Brad and the fruitless search for meaning in life and in perfume ads

What is it about perfume ads featuring Hollywood A-listers? There really is nothing to touch them for pompous, pretentious bollocks. As soon as they sign the megastar, everyone seems to lose their minds and think it's a great idea to have the star spout some  grandiloquent nonsense.

The latest example is Johnny Depp for Dior.

Johnny pretends to play guitar, then drives into the desert to spend an afternoon digging holes. But that's just a symbol. He's actually searching for his MOJO.

"I've gotta get out of here. Which way? I don't know. What am I looking for? Something I can't see." It's no surprise he can't spot his Mojo, he hasn't even noticed that someone's put a wolf on top of his car. Perhaps he can't see it because he's got so much eyeliner in his eyes.

It's a brilliantly ludicrous performance by Johnny Depp but, ridiculous though this ad is, it doesn't come close to touching the classic of the genre – Brad Pitt for Chanel. 

"It's not a journey. Every journey ends but we go on…. Plans disappear, dreams take over…But wherever I go, there you are. My luck, my fate my fortune. Chanel number 5. Inevitable."

Brad and Johnny both seem to be lost in lives without purpose. Why are they so sad? Where is the buffalo going? Why does the world turn? What does it all mean? Buy some of our perfume and you too can feel lost.