Category Archives: W+K On the Side

Welcome To The First Room You’ll Actually Want To Be Locked Inside


Photo by Jamie Hale, The Oregonian

You and eight friends walk into a dark room. The door slams shut behind you and you hear the click of the lock turning in the door. A countdown timer illuminates: 60 minutes remaining.

No, you’re not in gore-horror-hit Saw–you’re playing “Spark of Resistance“, a real-life escape the room game in Portland, Oregon, designed and built by W+K interactive strategist Laura E. Hall and her creative compatriots, 60 Minutes to Escape.

Escape room games are puzzle events played in real-life environments. Much like a strategic briefing meeting, participants are locked in a room together and must solve puzzles and use their skills to escape in the allotted time frame. Continue reading

To Eat Is Human; To Snack, Divine


Illustration by Rob Flowers for Snacks Quarterly

It is a truth universally acknowledged that snack foods are the best, and the only thing better than snack foods is actually eating them. But it turns out there’s one thing that’s almost as good as these delectable morsels–and that thing is a free, awesome online magazine devoted to this very topic: Snacks Quarterly. Continue reading

Because Daily Calendars Are Boring (But Not This One)

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It’s late December. You’re standing in line at the bookstore last-minute gift shopping on Amazon when you remember that you’ve forgotten to buy a present for your loyal, patient desk-mate (ugh, how could you?!).

“Aha!” you think. “A daily calendar. It’s both decorative and functional. Surely this will make up for that time I left that salami on rye in our shared desk drawer before going on a shoot for 10 days!”

Well, no, it won’t. And it’s not because we still can’t get the lingering odor of spiced meats out of our keyboard.

“Those are the worst,” said W+K copywriter Brooke Barker, referring to daily calendars like “Only Dachshunds 2015” or “Origami-A-Day” (not drawers full of salami.) “You get tired of them after only a month or two.” Continue reading

W+K On the Side: Oonie’s Need to Know

Starting at a new workplace can be tough. So when UX Design Director Oonie Chase found herself at our Portland office, she turned to her colleagues for advice, asking: “What’s the one thing I need to know about working here?”

She’s collecting the answers on her Instagram under the hashtags #wk101 and #need2know. A selection of some of the responses, below. Continue reading

W+K On the Side: pdXercise and the Digital Strategist’s Brain

kickboxingpdxercise2Our own Agatha Asch is on a mission: try out every free exercise class in Portland (of which there are many), and write about it on her new blog, From qigong to pole dancing, she’s doing it all. And she’s finding that turning off her digital strategist brain is harder than she thought, even when outside of the office. Continue reading