It’s Sunday evening. I’m a bit all over the place after getting off a plane late last night – flying to New York to start a new job, tomorrow, at Google Creative Lab.
Yep. It feels strange to write that. I’ve talked about it before a little bit; but have only just found the breathing space to get something a bit more long-form down. As well as finishing a job I loved, I’ve also just got married, been on honeymoon, and am selling up and moving out of London. It’s been a crazy few weeks.
So, some history.
It’s only been 15-months since I joined Stinkdigital; I honestly loved being there and it stills holds a very special place in my heart. I was surrounded by a bunch of talented and fun people. I learnt loads. I made some mistakes. We did great work. We did it with a smile on our faces. I was slightly in awe at the quality of the place when I joined – I still am now.
So, why did I leave?
I’m a lover of creativity and technology; I’ve always thought Google is one of the most exciting and forward-thinking companies on the planet — and that Google Creative Lab is doing some of the most amazing, ambitious, and interesting work out there.
I could get all wordy about it, but you don’t pass up an opportunity like this.
I spent a bit of time with a few members of the team last week, taking about the work. They’re so switched on it’s unbelievable. It’s also exciting for me personally to be part of a team at Google that already includes people like Andy Berndt, Robert Wong, Tom Uglow, Ben Malbon, Kevin Proudfoot, Iain Tait, Steve Vranakis, Indy Saha… and Matt Jones is joining next month from BERG.
Iain wrote something when he joined that really struck a chord: “Everyone I’ve met who works at Google and Google Creative Lab feels like they’re part of a company that is both a great business AND can change the world for the better. I’m overjoyed to share their beliefs and look forward to joining them.”
That’s the feeling I got when I spent time there.
When I talked with Kevin about things he casually dropped in: “This place is a bit like the Butterfly Effect – everybody who joins has the opportunity to make a difference.”
I hope I can make a positive one.
So it’s been an absolute joy to be part of the unfolding Stinkdigital story; I loved every minute of it. And here’s to the a next adventure with Google. I’m excited by the future that lays ahead – and that’s all you can ask for, right?
(Some not very good photos of Stinkdigital London)
I’m 1 month into my new role as Exec Producer: here’s 10 things I’ve noticed.
We work direct with brands and in partnership with agencies.
We get lots of enquiries.
We are lucky enough to be selective about the work we take on.
We have a core of fulltime staff backed-up by a pool of trusted freelancers.
We run the business on Google Apps. (Gmail, Google Calendars, Google Docs)
We use Google Talk in the office and Skype for international calls.
We use shared docs and collaborative editing… a lot.
I haven’t opened MS Office since I started.
I have 2 regular meetings a week (one at Stinkdigital, one at Stink) and a call with NYC.
The meeting room is usually free.
The thing I’ve really noticed though is how fast things move. No I mean it…. really fast. It’s built into the DNA of the place. Part through necessity, part through planning. Obviously that brings it’s own subtle challenges; but on the whole it’s been really refreshing.
Apart from how we work; the actual work is pretty great too.
I’ve been meaning to write a proper post for a long time now as this poor old blog was starting to look horribly neglected.
Truth be told; when I first started blogging I used to take the time to craft each post, there was thought and detail put into it, and the writing was much more personal.
However, over time, it slowly became something more like to a “glorified Pinterest’ of cool stuff – mainly because my job changed. And that’s all fine; BUT the site was missing the thinking that went along with all that cool shit. It’s not that the thinking wasn’t there, I did it… but time was short, and I struggled to keep it short and make it coherent. So in the end I sacrificed it.
But, as those of you who follow me on Twitter may know, after 6½ years fabulous year at glue, I recently decided it was time for a change and resigned in October 2011.
I was going to post something a bit more longform then, but to be honest my head really wasn’t in the right place. And, whisper it, but I actually quite enjoyed switching off for a bit.
So it’s January 2012, and refreshed and re-invigorated I’ve joined the super talented team at Stinkdigital. I’ll probably talk about a few of the reasons in another post – but my focus has shifted a bit. I want to reflect that here too.
I was also inspired by this brilliant post from Iain Tait on the brand spanking new crackunit2.com. I strongly suggest you read it. For me it’s one of the best things written about the merits of ‘blogging’ and I want to buy him a pint for writing it.
In summary then… I’m back!!
All I need now is a shiny new theme.
LETS KICK THINGS OFF WITH A PROPER INTERNET VIDEO!!
Sorry about the lack of updates recently. Work has been mad busy.
After 10 great years in Shoreditch – glue Isobar are moving to new offices near Regents Park. We’re moving into a brand new space with other Aegis Media agencies, such as Posterscope, iProspect, Carat, Vizeum, and more.
Thought I’d share what my brain has been bombarded with. I think I need help.
Green Wing – The Alphabet Song
How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking
GTA 4 Carmageddon – 2!
WTF Japan Seriously: Broken Wear
WTF Japan: Eagle Dance
Uranus Self Anal Massage for Men
via Various peeps on twitter.