We have one clear focus:
Create extraordinary work that achieves uncommon results.
“An idea can turn to dust or magic based on the talent that rubs up against it.” Bill Bernbach said this over forty years ago and the thought has never been more relevant. Our industry is constantly reinventing itself, and the people doing the reinventing have very specialized and diverse skill sets. We make friends with change, and foster new alliances with the very best talent. These relationships are our most valuable resource. It’s what makes us different. When complimented with our core team’s thinking, our talent pool can be an ocean or a perfectly placed drop of water. The point is: your team is hand-picked to achieve whatever it needs to, based entirely on the needs of the project. Not whomever is available to work on it.
Our talent pool can be an ocean or a perfectly placed drop of water.”
Having access to an army of specialists is nice, but the real trick is to know when to use them, and how. Often what stands between success and failure is an ability to quickly identify the true problem. Strategy and creativity always guide our thoughts and actions. We ask ourselves, and our clients the tough questions. We shine the light in every corner of the room, and when the right idea is chosen, we then consider the most impactful ways to bring it to life. Sometimes that might mean a well-placed sticker, maybe a radio spot, or maybe even a motion activated ambient installation with social gaming, tied to a branded webisode featuring the latest hipster fashion. The point is, it can be anything.
We shine the light in every corner of the room.”
Collaboration has always been at the centre of great work, and at the centre of a strong team. When we collaborate we’re not just waiting for our turn to speak. We really listen. And we build on each others ideas. We trust each other, and we push each other. We also love bringing different disciplines together because it really helps us see opportunities from different angles. It also helps make good ideas great. Collaboration can create concepts, but it can also refine executions. It’s not just a conversation, it’s a process. We call it peer review, and it happens on every project, at every stage of development.
When we collaborate we’re not just waiting for our turn to speak.”
If an idea looks good in a sketchbook, imagine how good it’ll look once we use the tools of the trade to execute it. Too many firms rush into execution without an idea. They feel the pressure of their overhead and the need to keep the wheels turning. We understand that, in fact we lived previous lives within those limitations. That’s why we chose to stay lean, and use a pencil first. We love what we do, and take great pride in the craft. But that doesn’t mean we’re late or take an excruciatingly long time with things. On the contrary, we believe in rapid prototyping. Build, listen, refine and repeat. Experience and craftsmanship comes bundled with speed and accuracy.
Build, listen, refine and repeat.”
There’s a difference between art and commercial art. Artists are not always understood, sometimes not even until they die. Commercial artists represent brands, and they need to accomplish business goals by employing their art. They can’t afford to create art for arts sake. Great advertising and communications strikes the perfect balance between creativity and persuasion; in fact it’s often described as the art of persuasion. We strive to win awards for our creativity, but not at the cost of the business objectives. We believe that the best work always delivers results, otherwise it’s simply not the best. At the end of the day we want to be proud of our work, but nothing is more important to us than achieving our clients’ goals.
The best work always delivers results, otherwise it’s simply not the best.”