A chat with our talented creative intern, Owen

October 23rd, 2014 / Holly Brockwell

The brilliant Owen Hudson has interned with us several times, and we’re big fans of his style. Here, he talks to us about his work, his life, and his plans for the future.

Who am I?

I am a fresh-faced Creative Advertising graduate from Edge Hill University with a passion for adventure, discovery and all things intriguing. I am 21 and currently living in my native Nottingham, gaining experience at Together Agency in my free time, between part-time lifeguarding and general gallivanting around the country.

My degree

After two years of struggling to pluck a career path out of the plethora of choices, I chose the ‘Creative Advertising’ course at my University ‘up north’. When choosing what to study, the decision seems like it’s the be-all and end-all of your entire life, but I realise now that it’s not. Having said this, 3 years, a wealth of experience and a crisp new degree later, I’m pretty glad I chose it in the end.
I initially became intrigued by the world of advertising when studying HBO’s TrueBlood series launch campaign as a case study in Media Studies. It taught me that in advertising and marketing, elements such as design, strategy and psychology marry quite nicely, and indeed are all integral to the overall power of a campaign. All of these elements were areas that fascinated me individually, but when combined, they led me to my overarching interest in advertising.

Some of Owen’s work – concept, branding and packaging design for a new soft drink:

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My work

My work can involve the whole design process from conceptual thinking and idea generation through to pitching and production. My favourite stage, though, is the process of design. I find myself thinking visually more often than not, imagining things beyond reality and thinking of ways to make functional yet appealing designs. Growing up I was fascinated by street art and its vibrancy, and I now find inspiration in in many other environments as well. When we think about it, any man-made object had to be imagined or repurposed before we see it as it is today. Everything around us that serves purpose, inspires emotions and influences each and every one of us is someone’s legacy. I like this notion, and it is what motivates me to play my part and create my own legacy.

My main inspirations

Street art, surrealism, geometry, myths and legends influence a lot of my personal work, which occasionally spills over into my professional work. I make moodboards via Pinterest, which is a great platform to discover new influences, though often I simply scribble down my brimming mindful of ideas on paper.

Individuals such as: M.C. Escher, Leo Burnett (HumanKind), Mr Penfold, Greg Coulton, Kid 30 and Malcolm Gladwell are all individuals whose work has inspired me significantly – I really am your proverbial sponge for inspiration. One particular individual, John Foxx from Ultravoxx, gave us a poignant and extremely relevant speech at my graduation about our futures and our potentials as graduates in today’s current climate. He also touched on our responsibilities as influencers of media and contributors to the discourse of tomorrow. I didn’t expect to see him at my graduation, but his unexpected words were beautifully articulated to a point that it hit a nerve with most of the graduates that day.

I find that sometimes, the vast array of designers and designs I see end up subconsciously influencing my work in different ways. Ultimately, though, designs are nurtured from what suits the brand and the purpose or the tone of voice. These aspects are what really have the overarching impact on the final design.

More of Owen’s work – concepts for Fanta with added vitamin C:

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Highlight of university

Aside from the obvious – new mates, independence, travelling the country, graduation day and the other social aspects of university, one academic highlight I could pick out would have to be the ‘Live Briefs’ module. The module took our course group across the country visiting agencies, completing live briefs and carrying out work experience at placements of our own choosing. It encouraged a healthy yet competitive environment but, more than anything, affirmed for me that I had made the right career choice. I loved working within each individual agency, and hope to continue my professional experiences with further placements like these.

Aims & dreams

I’d like to have the opportunity to carry on developing and exploring my own creative style, and to see the many sights and wonders this world has to offer. I’ve got lots of progress to make, which is something that excites me – I’m still an unwritten book. Aside from landing my first permanent industry job, I’d love to invent something that made an impact on the futures of everyday people, and create the something that will be my legacy to leave. I have no idea what that would be yet, but I aspire to create something that will genuinely make a difference. To do so, it helps to be blessed either with extraordinary talent, or just a little bit of luck –either of which should be aspired to by everyone!

You can see more of Owen’s work on Behance.

want to be our head of creative?

October 14th, 2014 / Natalie Sullivan

Together is looking for a new Head of Creative to join and lead the brilliant creative team here in our Lace Market office. What we want, in a nutshell, is a driven, intensely original and highly creative designer or art director – or indeed a current Creative Head. You will guide and work alongside the team, seeing projects through from conception to their final creation. If you fit this bill, we want to hear from you!

Your day-to-day tasks as Creative Head involve all aspects of agency work. The role demands someone who can simultaneously inspire and lead a team of fellow creatives. We also require someone with the confidence to present, convince with and sell their own fresh and exciting ideas.

A strong team player with agency experience and prior involvement in leadership roles, you will possess both conceptual skills and brilliant design abilities (with a bold sense of humour to top it all off). We really do need the whole package for this particular job, which we believe could be the perfect step if you’re looking for progression in your work, or simply a new challenge if you’re an existing Creative Head wanting to join a new agency.

Naturally, the role entails a heap of responsibility, so we need to see an incredibly strong portfolio which demonstrates both your conceptual and design abilities in various outlets; from advertising right through to web design.

When applying, we ask that you email us with your CV and salary expectations alongside this brilliant portfolio, as well as a little bit about why you’re the one that we want. In your email, please use the subject line: I want to be your new Head of Creative.

No agencies please.

creative artworker vacancy

October 13th, 2014 / Natalie Sullivan

Are you somebody with serious artistic flare, a great eye for design and a drive to take others’ creations from plausible to perfect one clever tweak at a time? If so, we want you!

Here at Together Agency in Nottingham, we’re in search of a Creative Artworker to join our fun and talented team. Taking our designers’ work, you’ll be using your creative genius to re-craft, spruce up and perfect its overall appearance. Your experience in type guidelines and conventions coupled with a serious attention to detail will stand you in good stead for fashioning pieces of work ready for pre-press and print.

We want to hear from anyone with a minimum of three years’ experience, and a real love for their work. Proficiency in all the relevant design applications is also really important.

We welcome team players with a great work ethic and a serious (slightly ridiculous) sense of fun.

If you or anyone you know could fit the bill, send us over an email with the subject line: I want to be your Creative Artworker. We need a CV, a salary expectation and some examples of work, plus a little bit about why you’re awesome at what you do.

No agencies please.

graphic designer vacancy

October 9th, 2014 / Natalie Sullivan

Are you a talented, creative and ambitious designer who can make something look so unutterably beautiful that usually sane and sensible people will want to gaze upon it and stroke it longingly?

Then this is going to be right up your street.

We’re on the lookout for a talented and experienced Graphic Designer to join the Together team here in Nottingham. You’ll have a proven ability to generate wonderful ideas and concepts, be able to sell them like your life depended on it and then execute them beautifully across print and online.

We’d like you to have a degree or equivalent qualification in design, with outstanding typography, layout and technical skills. You’ll need to have at least 3 years’ industry experience and a strong portfolio to demonstrate all of the above. Naturally, advanced skills in all the current design packages is a must.

You’ll also need to be a fantastic team player, with excellent self-motivation and a cheeky sense of humour.

If this is you, email us with your CV, salary expectations, your best work samples and a bit about why you’re brilliant. Use the subject line: I’m a designer, and I’d like to work with you.

Also, please share this advert with anyone you think might be suitable (i.e. awesome enough) for the role.

No agencies please.

Fancy a cosy cuppa? Our Tetley promotion is in the shops now

October 3rd, 2014 / Together

We’ve been working on something a little bit special for the last few months, and we’re excited to announce that it’s just hit the shelves. Tetley asked us to come up with ideas for a free gift they could give away on 160-packs of teabags: something that wouldn’t take up much room, emphasised the ever-popular Tea Folk characters, and fit a fairly tight budget.

Well, as huge tea lovers, we know there’s nothing worse than a cuppa gone cold. So we designed these Tea Folk mug cosies – one each for Tina, Gaffer and Sydney – to keep your tea at optimal drinking temperature even in the nippier winter months.

Here’s how they look:

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You’ll find them on packs of Tetley at all good retailers now. We’ll put the kettle on.

Together Agency launches new Fox’s Biscuits website

October 2nd, 2014 / Stephanie Goodman

After a closely-fought pitch earlier this year, the Together Agency landed the brief to design the new website for one of the UK’s most-loved brands, Fox’s Biscuits.

Challenges included creating a fully responsive site that works across all browsers and devices (mobile, tablet and desktop), seamlessly blending two tones of voice (Fox’s Biscuits and their beloved mascot, Vinnie the panda), and representing the Fox’s range and heritage while still giving users a reason to keep coming back.

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As well as comprehensive information about the Fox’s range – which includes legendary brands like Party Rings, Rocky, Crunch Creams, Malted Milks and Brandy Snaps – we’ve included a whole host of added-value content. There’s a Recipes section with tried-and-tested desserts you can make using Fox’s biscuits, a Party Ring Zone with ideas for children’s games and party snacks, even a sprinkling of biscuit facts you might not know (for instance, dunking a biscuit has been scientifically proven to increase flavour by a factor of 11).

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Check it out at www.foxs-biscuits.co.uk.

Lots of love for our new ‘Welcome to Nottingham’ video for Nottingham City Council

September 26th, 2014 / Together

This month, Nottingham welcomes an entourage of fresh-faced students with open arms and newly-installed ping-pong tables. Nottingham City Council asked us to make a video to show them all the brilliant things about our city, and make them feel at home.

Here’s what we came up with:

We’re chuffed to see it’s getting lots of love on Twitter, not just from students but Nottingham residents and fans too. Here’s a sample:

 

Thanks guys – see you at Annie’s!

Congratulations Nottingham – The City of Football.

September 16th, 2014 / Stephanie Goodman

Today it was announced that our little city of Nottingham has fought off some powerful contenders – sorry Manchester and Portsmouth – to be crowned with the title of City of Football by Sport England.

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Here we play host to the (currently top of the Championship) Nottingham Forest and Notts County Football Clubs – whose grounds sit only 275 meters apart and are the closest football stadiums in England. But that’s enough football facts for you. Now we’re going to share a few fun facts on football at Together.

Fact 1: Skillful Storage

Our Nottingham based client, LapCabby, currently supplies 11 English Football League clubs with their smart and secure IT storage units. Football managers are now able to use tablet or laptop devices during training sessions to monitor the team’s performance. When training is over, they put their device back into a LapCabby, which then charges and syncs all of the information from their device – very clever.

Fact 2: RELICK Football Prints

Outside of his day job as our marvellous art worker, Ady also runs a handmade homeware company – RELICK. Crafted and sold throughout Nottingham stores – he was recently featured on the front cover of local Nottingham magazine, Left Lion, for his spectacular Nottingham Forest / Notts County print.

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Fact 3: Together Team

When asking the Together team on their experience with local Nottingham football teams, we soon discovered a range of facts:

• Junior Account Manager, Abdi, told us that his brothers used to go to school with Nottingham footballer Jermaine Jenas.

• The wife of Account Manager, Dan, used to live round the corner from the legendary Forest coach Brian Clough.

• Social Media Project Manager, Steph, waited in the cold at the City Ground to meet her ‘football hero’ Stuart Pearce after a match in her Labatts Forest shirt – circa 1995 – it was described as a ‘great day’.

 

Follow the Football News
From the Premier League to Sport England, you can follow the #CityofFootball or #Nottmcof hashtags to see what people have to say on Twitter.



Good at writing, thinking and marketing? Be our new copywriter

August 27th, 2014 / Together

We’re looking for a conceptual copywriter to come and join us at our office in the Lace Market, Nottingham. You’ll need to be able to come up with brilliant, original ideas, as well as writing copy that fizzes off the page, headlines that sell, and social posts that get clicked, liked, and shared.

The job will be split between writing and concepting. For instance, one day you might be proofreading a brochure, the next coming up with ideas for a new Tetley on-pack promotion, and the next writing the copy for a client’s new website.

Here’s what the ideal candidate would look like:

-          A portfolio of ad ideas and campaigns demonstrating strong conceptual ideas across online and offline channels 

-          Impeccable spelling, grammar and punctuation

-          Ability to write concise, compelling copy in a range of formats, from tweets and headlines to entire websites

-          Social media experience – you don’t need to be an expert, but it’d be very handy if you knew a bit about hashtags and writing for different social platforms

-          Experience in an agency environment (preferred but not essential)

This role could be full or part-time, so let us know what you’d prefer.

Ready to apply? Send your portfolio link, cover letter and salary requirements to natalies@togetheragency.co.uk with the subject line “I’d like to be your new copywriter” by close of play on the 26th of September.

We’re looking for a superstar freelance developer

August 15th, 2014 / Together

It’s not often a space comes up in the Together dev team, so we’re excited to be looking for a freelance developer to join us in our Nottingham office for 4 months, possibly longer if you fancy it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Object-orientated PHP5
  • Strong front-end HTML5/CSS3/LESS/SASS, and mobile web
  • JavaScript, with jQuery/jQueryUI
  • PHP Frameworks (symphony2 and doctrine), and Smarty Template engine
  • MySQL, Linux, VMs (ESXi)
  • APIs (Facebook/Google/SOAP/XML/JSON)
  • Ability to work with our design team and make recommendations

And it’d be brilliant if you knew about:

  • Web standards
  • Accessibility
  • SEO

You’ll be working on new and existing projects for our range of big-name local and national clients.

We’re a close-knit team, so someone who’ll be a friendly face in the morning, make the odd round of tea and contribute to the collaborative office Spotify playlist would be most welcome.

Send your CV, cover letter and availability info to Craig Freer, our Head of Dev. No agencies, please.