Category Archives: Portland

Thank you, Brilliant Bicycles!

We were sent a lovely gift from Brilliant Bicycles last month, so we decided to do the only logical thing—give it away in a Scavenger Hunt!

The tension was high as people anticipated when the bike would be hidden. Finally, at 2 pm on Wednesday, the hunt began and people started running around the building in search of the bike.

It was found pretty quickly by the lucky Tony Gambino.

Thanks, Brilliant, for the beautiful bike, and congratulations Tony!

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Get Your Hands On Some W+K Goodness

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For this year’s Design Week Portland, our amazing Studio created a pop-up shop all about the creative process: W+K Goodness Workroom.

“Process is the adventure, the journey into uncharted territory. Best-laid plans aside, for most designers the end result of any project rarely bares much resemblance to the original concept. Of course everyone focuses on the final result, but for designers process is the journey that is equal parts comedy and tragedy, rife with success and, of course, plenty of failure.

And let’s cut to the chase, those bad days, when no idea seems to work, they fucking suck. Oh but those good days, when the clouds finally part, the stars align and the idea is fully realized beyond expectation, well they make it all worthwhile. Don’t they?”

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If you didn’t make it out to their open house, fret not! You can still get your hands on some of the rad creations by the most talented people in the biz: check out the Goodness store featuring Workroom prints and other amazing goodies.

You can also jam to the Workroom Spotify playlist as you shop for Christmas gifts for your favorite creative person.

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Visit the Goodness store here and check out W+K Studio on Instagram: @wkstudiopdx

When W+K Walked on the Wild Side

The Willamette Week recently spotlighted our 1985 spot for Honda scooters featuring Lou Reed as a significant moment in Portland’s history.

Dan and David had this to say:

“It saved our butt,” Kennedy said. “That was a pivotal point. The Honda spot ran–and Nike, whether that influenced them or not–came back to us.”

They also pointed out that the collaboration with editor Larry Bridges was essential to their success, both on this spot and with other iconic pieces, including 1988’s “Revolution” spot for Nike.

“This agency should be Wieden and Kennedy and Bridges,” Kennedy said.

“Yeah, because without that Bridge we wouldn’t have crossed a lot of ‘em,” Wieden added, laughing.

Check out the WW piece for an excellent summation on the spot’s significance for advertising in general and its impact on W+K’s business specifically, and the rest of their 40th anniversary special issue for some really excellent and interesting Portland history.

Also, while the above spot was for Honda Scooters, you can see our current slate of Honda brand work, which is handled by our London office.

Meet the Interns 2014 – Part 2

The interns are among us! Here are just a few of their friendly faces. Keep checking the blog for more, and watch our internships page for openings: http://www.wk.com/jobs/internships.

W+K NYC:
Gabe Sherman
Gabe Sherman – Copywriting
Gabe grew up a few minutes north of San Francisco in the hills of Mill Valley. He originally planned on studying to become a dentist, but quickly realized the error of his ways and got a degree in advertising. (Time will tell regarding the wisdom of this decision, Gabe.)

He loves going to comedy shows, watching Netflix, going for runs, finding new craft beers to try, cooking, watching baseball, growing his beard, justifying his next road trip or trying to get on to roofs of buildings (not all at the same time…usually).

Blair Warren
Blair Warren – Art Directing intern
All you need to know about Blair is that a US Ambassador told her that he wouldn’t ship her body back to the States if she died while on a trip to the United Nations, and that later that week, she bungeed into the Nile.

Don’t fuck with Blair Warren.

W+K PDX:
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Madison Savary – Account Services intern on Old Spice
Madison majored in journalism at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!!), and is looking forward to all of the learning opportunities afforded to her by working at Wieden+Kennedy, and also all the karaoke. Okay, let’s be honest…mostly the karaoke.

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Melissa Kuo – Studio Intern
Melissa hails from San Jose, California, where she recently graduated from CalArts with a degree in graphic design, which she hopes to use to make a positive impact in the world.

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David Chathas – Creative Intern
David Chathas grew up chopping wood, and from the looks of it, never stopped. He likes to pet cats, talk to dogs, and order two entrees, and promises that if you bring him nunchucks he will show you cool tricks. We intend to take him up on that.

Meet the Interns 2014 – Part 1

The interns are among us! Here are just a few of their friendly faces. Keep checking the blog for more, and watch our internships page for openings: http://www.wk.com/jobs/internships.

W+K NYC:
Naheem Kujenya
Naheem Kujenya – Broadcast Production intern
An aspiring producer and filmmaker born and raised in Staten Island. He loves nature photography, playing chess, soccer, and bikram yoga.

W+K PDX:
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James Heredia – Studio Intern
An aspiring artist from Miami with has a passion for animating, compositing and storytelling. He is also an avid skateboarder/surfer and documentarian.

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Krisha Paz – Social and Interactive Strategy Intern
A Washington, DC native who says, “You’ll easily find me by my hair and tribal print clothing.” It’s her first time in Portland, but with the presence of coffee, books, hidden treasures, and Netflix, she feels right at home.

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Daniel Moreno – Studio Intern
Hailing from Miami, he has over 13 years of classical music background playing the cello. He also loves video games, film, technology, pixel art and octopi.