Our NYC office welcomes its first visiting creative director – Hashem Bajwa
Our visiting creative director program has crossed the pond! Originally piloted in our London studio last year, the program invites accomplished professionals from all kinds of different disciplines to spend 3-months working as part of the Wolff Olins team. Read more about the program’s launch here.
This week, we’re thrilled to welcome Hashem Bajwa as our New York team’s first visiting creative director. Hashem has spent over a decade working at the convergence of technology and communications. As CEO of DE-DE (short for Design & Develop), a New York-based technology development studio, Hashem has led engineering and design teams to turn ideas into digital products and early stage startups that combine both brand and technical craft. Some of those products include Thunderclap, a tool to help people with important messages be heard above the noise of social media, and Birdseye, a sort of “Flipboard for email” and the first email app built from the ground up for the iPad. Prior to founding DE-DE, Hashem was Director of Digital Strategy at creative agency Droga5, where he was part of the core team that developed the “Jay-Z Decoded” campaign to promote Jay-Z’s autobiography. He has the distinction of being described as “geekchic” by Hova himself.
Hashem will no doubt expand our thinking and help us make more new things. He comes to Wolff Olins at a moment when all of us are more energized than ever to deliver more impactful ideas and real results, faster. More on that soon. Welcome Hashem!
Last week we held our first-ever MakeShop at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. The event was our excuse to get some of our favorite partners, clients, friends and family together to dive deeper in the behaviors we explored in our latest Game Changers report.
In the spirit of making, we worked with Henrik Werdelin and Philip Ingemann Petersen, of Prehype, the venture development firm that’s helped companies ranging from Verizon to News Corp incubate and spin out new businesses. We heard from Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects, whose media design firm reinvents public space through collaborative storytelling experiences like Storycorps, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and Change By Us. And we wrapped up the day getting our hands dirty (as dirty as littleBits will get you) learning how to prototype our product ideas with Bethany Koby, the founder of Technology Will Save Us.
The Wolff Olins blog isn’t normally a place for album reviews, but this morning, we’re really proud to share Aswan with you. It’s the debut album from The Nile Project, named after the Egyptian city where they recorded it live at their first-ever performance in January 2013.
The concert was the culmination of a ten day residency that brought together 18 musicians from Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, and Uganda to collaboratively compose and perform music inspired by the different musical traditions and instruments of the Nile River basin. Wolff Olins had the privilege to work with The Nile Project in 2012 to create a brand that would work for them across multiple cultural contexts and national borders. We are thrilled to see their brand come to life in Aswan.
The album was named one of the 5 Must-Hear International Albums of the Fall by NPR. NPR wrote “you can hear just how much fun the crowd is having — and how tight the band is, even as their instrumental multitudes adeptly combine everything from indigenous instruments like the Ugandan adungu lyre to saxophone and bass guitar.”
The next Nile Collective gathering and album recording will take place in Uganda in January 2014. If you’re a Nile Basin musician interested in joining them in January, you can apply here or learn more on their website.
For now, check out their music through your favorite platform:
As we’re all finding out, consumers no longer simply consume. They’re active, skeptical, creative and entrepreneurial — and being an activist consumer is no longer a minority pursuit. This year, Wolff Olins and Flamingo have partnered to uncover consumer behaviors that are moving from the fringe to the mainstream. On September 23, come join our conversation moderated by WIRED on the changing relationship between people and brands, why it can’t be ignored by marketers, and lessons that can help you profit from these cultural shifts.
We’re looking for two crazy, innovative, digital savvy Design interns. One will work with our team in New York City and the other with our team in San Francisco.
There are no “junior” designers at Wolff Olins. Even our interns require a certain instinct and raw skill from the start. The work we aim to deliver is bold, ambitious and different. The primary role for the designer is to explore. This is the creative position freest from other responsibilities that come with longer tenure or seniority at Wolff Olins. Designers should see this as an opportunity to learn and grow through collaboration and exposure to others on their teams.
We’re looking for someone who has:
You must have strong graphic design, typography and motion design skills and experience in Adobe Creative Suite. Experience in CODING is a huge PLUS
You’ll get to:
Experiment and contribute to design solutions for a number of different clients.
We’re looking for someone who is:
Really, really, creative!
Curious about the world and passionate about brands
Energetic and enthusiastic
Collaborative and fun
Strong skills in motion (animation, 3D, film/editing) and/or digital prototyping a PLUS
The New York Head of Business Development will be bright, creative, quick on their feet and recognized as a strategic leader in branding. This role will be focused heavily on new business but it is not your typical sales job. In fact, our ideal fit is likely to be a strategy or account director who will naturally jump into business development as a door opener and relationship builder.
The right candidate truly understands branding, has the credibility (with our internal leadership team and with clients) and can win the client over with the expertise they bring into the new business conversation and pitch.
Bottom line: history of being a practitioner in brand strategy is going to be the key to earning the respect and credibility necessary to hold such conversations and articulate our point of view.
Winning work with ambitious clients who want to do big things is the lifeblood of our business. We are looking for someone with a deep understanding of brand strategy who believes in our point of view on the world and the impact we strive to make. You must share our creative and strategic vision and follow through to galvanize and inspire our teams and our clients. The Head of Business Development must understand what constitutes the right opportunity for Wolff Olins, can brilliantly articulate what makes us special and has smart ideas for how to help us engage more strategically and effectively with the world.
This individual will take charge of both identifying and capturing new lines of business and lead the process together with the strategic and creative groups to orchestrate distinctive and effective pitches to potential clients.
We’re looking for an energetic account management intern to work with our team in New York City. You’ll work on a range of client projects; gaining a real perspective on the many ways we help clients achieve their business and brand goals.
You’ll get to:
Creatively problem solve a diverse range of challenges
Collaborate closely with an eclectic group of experts in design, strategy and production
Manage the many, many details that need to come together to create big impact
We’re looking for someone who is:
Enthusiastic and always maintains a positive attitude
Eager to learn + take responsibility/ownership of tasks
Proactive and always reaching out to learn more, do more or volunteer more
Strong written & verbal communication skills
Extremely strong in Excel (Word and PPT knowledge also a must)
A captain of a team/group or is a leader/helper who started or revived a campus organization
Other Details: Timing: Full-time, starting in June, ending in August (approx. 2.5 months in duration) Location: New York City Compensation: This is a paid internship. Who can apply? Undergrad college students
Deadline: Your application must be received by March 29th
Winning work with ambitious clients who want to do big things is the lifeblood of our business.We are looking for someone with a deep understanding of brand strategy who believes in our point of view on the world and the impact we strive to make. The Head of Business Development must understand what constitutes the right opportunity for Wolff Olins, can brilliantly articulate what makes us special and has smart ideas for how to help us engage more strategically and effectively with the world.
This individual will take charge of both identifying and capturing new lines of business and lead the process together with the strategic and creative groups to orchestrate distinctive and effective pitches to potential clients. History of being a practitioner in brand strategy is KEY to earning the respect and credibility necessary to hold such conversations and articulate our point of view.
Just a few of the key responsibilities are:
·Build relationships with the right potential clients to open up new business
·Help conversations develop into projects
·Work w/ senior team to identify, approach & convert new potential clients
·Close liaison with the NY and global marketing team
·Develop best practices and frameworks on how to initiate new relationships with new people i.e. make those first meetings happen!
The Head of New Business will be bright, creative, quick on their feet and recognized as a strategic leader in business development within the branding world.In addition, they must also share our creative and strategic vision and follow through to galvanize and inspire a team.
A few requirements:
·Bachelor’s Degree with 12+ years combined experience in business development, marketing and strategy within the branding world.
·Experience as practitioner within the branding world: branding strategist, consultant, or related role
·Ability to inspire teams across disciplines and gain leadership credibility on the strength of his/her strategy and branding knowledge and network relationships
·Creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is intellectually curious with an in-depth knowledge of brand, strategy and business development.
·Thrive in an open, creative and team-oriented culture (fitting into our culture is just as important as your skill set!)
·Authorized to work in USA
To be considered:
If we described you above, email your resume to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “BizDev 2013”as the subject, and tell us “why Wolff Olins” and “why you” in the email.
We’re looking for an individual who can bring animation and design together, someone who has the skills of a full time animator with the sensibilities of a designer. Our Motion Designer needs very strong 2D & 3D animation skills, the ability to shoot and edit video and a strong sense of typography/design.
The Motion Designer will work closely with Designers to integrate Motion and Video into the architecture of a brand.You will produce 2D/3D animated content and a variety of video content - from conception to final asset delivery.
·Producing 2D/3D animated content and a variety of video content from concept to delivery
·Use of the full Adobe suite (emphasis on After Effects), Cinema 4D (or other comparable 3D software) and Final Cut Pro (or Adobe Premiere)
·Understanding brand and branding, keen typography and graphic design skills
·Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, balancing time constraints while maintaining quality
·General production skills for video and animation (encoding, workflow, etc.)
Only those with a MOTION Portfolio will be considered for this position.
In a context of financial turmoil and a student debt crisis, Pave is a new business that believes that if ambitious young people have the right direction and resources behind them, they will be happier and more successful in life.
Founded this year by Sal Lahoud, Oren Bass and Justin Mitchell Pave’s pilot launches today. Wolff Olins is thrilled to have been their partner in bringing the brand to life.
The pilot program features 8 Prospects and 24 Backers. Prospects get funding and support to help pursue their true calling. Backers, as they are called on the platform, pay forward their own success by super-powering a career and investing in the next generation of Americans. The prospects then share in their success by rewarding those who supported them early on in their careers with a small percentage of their earnings over the next ten years.
Pave came to us this fall with the ambition of creating a start-up brand that was both democratic and credible as a serious financial product. We worked together to focus their strategy of creating a community and product that is truly for everyone. We also developed their brand identity and logotype.
Together, we created a Pave brand that is democratic, open, optimistic and active. Since Pave is reacting to a major crisis of culture and presenting a new model, it was crucial that it didn’t seem generic or too machine-like, which meant a focus on people, stories, photography, and narrative – more of an editorial paradigm than a web 2.0 one.
Pave is a start-up, but in the sense of a cultural movement—not in the sense of a new app. Letting the real people who make up the community and their individuality shine through was key to our strategy.
If you’ve got what it takes to be a backer or prospect or have someone in mind who might, visit their website to sign up for rolling applications to the pilot program. Pave plans to launch their fully functional public site in early 2013.