Archive for August, 2009
Project: ESPN Interactive Campaigns
ESPN approached WK with a small opportunity to help them market their programs both internally on espn.com and externally. Since we also handled their media at this time, there was a lot of integration for the media and creative strategy which I helped supervise along with the media director. ESPN is one of the web’s largest properties – the third most popular site in the US – and I was tasked with banner campaigns that had not hundreds but sometimes thousands of iterations based on geographic location, sizes and show time tables.
Solution: Looking over the current production path, I proposed a new system that would ease the production and implementation of all of our creative workflow. This made the job easier for the art directors who could then just hand off elements to the production artists – and with the system we developed, banners were able to be produced in a quarter of the time, and with more targetting, less problems and easier implementation.
Results: We took the load off our small team, and took the load off of ESPN and ran one successful campaign after another like clockwork.
Role: Interaction Designer, Interactive Consultant, Creative Director, and at times Digital Producer @ WK
During my final semester at the Harvard GSD, I was one of a handful of selected researchers to co-curate a show on Russian 1960’s and ’70s Archictecture and Urbanism in Moscow called Utopian?
The show was in conjunction with the Russian government and scheduled to take place at the state run MUAR, the Schusev Museum of Architecture.
Our team cataloging Soviet architecture and urban planning under the direction of Rem Koolhaas and Jeffrey Inaba included Talia Dorsey, Ali Jeevanjee, Shannon Basset, James Khamsi and Andrei Goltsblat.
My role, aside from the contributing to the research was to direct, produce and edit a documentary counterpart including interviews with Russia’s leading architects. The research in the archives took place in the libraries at MUAR and shooting took place in Moscow. Download documentation:
Research Document, 1 of 10
Architects Profile & Documentary Synopsis
Project: Nokia Brand Book, Launch Strategy, & Filmmaking with Spike Lee
While at Wieden+Kennedy London, I had the pleasure to work on Nokia, fresh in WK’s hands. I was brought in to help bring digital thinking to the table and connect it to the brand work that was being developed. It was with the team here that we birthed the idea for using mobile phones to create films with big name directors, using existing editing software such as Jumpcut. Here is where the project stands now: http://www.nokiaproductions.com/film.php
My work spanned everything from application development, product development, interface design, and on and offline integration. I was primarily working as a creative and strategist, cranking out concepts that bridged social needs with technological ones for several markets including UK, Europe, India and China for 4 product lines including the Xpress 08 line of phones. I won’t get into the typical case study statistics yet since it was just launched, but the client loved the ideas we put forth, and I had a blast working with this team and this client. In addition I started the first steps of a partnership between Nokia and Creative Commons so that all mobile content could be instantly supported by one of the CC licenses and participate in the collaborative film project.
Team: Mira Kaddoura, Nathan Goldberg, David Lee, Nik Sonderup, and of course Matt Gooden and Ben Walker, Liana Chang, Ronit Yadin, Katya Zenkovich
Role: Digital Creative Director, Digital Strategist
2007 marked the 25th year since the launch of Nike’s Air Force One line. To celebrate this special occasion, Nike Basketball and WK (New York and Portland offices) created a campaign called “The Second Coming” with a spot featuring LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace, Jermaine O’Neal, Tony Parker, Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and Chris Paul playing the ultimate pick-up game and launched several sites and full 360 campaign celebrating the history of the Air Force One line. During my time as Director of Interactive, I headed up two efforts in particular; nikemashup.com- a video mashup site, and a mobile interface for this campaign.
Challenge & Background:The spot launch had a campaign of its own. To kick it off, Nike premiered a short-form, music-fueled montage featuring in-studio highlights of two of the hottest young talents in hip-hop, Just Blaze and Juelz Santana, creating an exclusive track for the AF25 movement, as well as select footage from the highly-anticipated campaign. The special clip premiered on MTV’s Sucker Free, MTV2. Below is a link to the premiere coverage: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/nike_airforce/series.jhtml
Results: Over a million users visited the site spending an average of 3-5 minutes per session building custom mashups. The spot, the behind- the-scenes footage, fan created mashups, and other AF25 associated content has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube. Thousands of mashups were created during thesix-week campaign and sent to phones, uploaded to MySpace and YouTube where they found new audiences on each download.
Team: Ricardo Viramontes, Andy Ferguson, Daniel Cherry, Byron Oshiro, Marcelino Alvarez programming and technical production by Sarkissian Mason Role: Digital Producer, Mobile Content Producer, Interaction Designer
Possibly my favorite project while at Wieden + Kennedy was the re-branding and restyling of the website for ONE.ORG. The ONE Campaign seeks to raise public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in developing countries. This website was strategically redesigned to make it easy for Americans to learn how ONE works. The main focus of the campaign was to collect names, and the main focus of our jobs was to explain a complex procedure as simply as possible. Team Credits: Concepted and designed with Lu Chekowsky, Alan Buchanan, and Andy Lindblade. Role: Interactive Creative Director, Interaction Designer, Digital Strategy. View Demo
Every Saturday I do something for someone or some living thing. I find that on Saturday mornings, its a great reason to get out of bed and take a walk looking for my ‘mark’. Its not always an intense thing – like, 3 saturdays ago, I fed some birds. The Saturday after that I dropped off a bunch of bread and jam at the Bowery Mission (who doesn’t like toast and jam?). And a few Saturdays before that I started a year long commitment and have sponsored a child through children.org. This sponsoring business however, needs to be completely re-examined in the digital age, and I plan on looking at all the major children’s charities over the next few months and see which one actually brought the most direct benefit to the children.
Websites like Charity Navigator can give you some idea, but I don’t think anything but your own experience and research can really give you the satisfaction of knowing you are not being fleeced and you are indeed HELPING someone.
So far I’ve received a letter from my (adorable) sponsor child in Ecuador (Guillermo) handwritten in spanish telling me he likes to play soccer and he likes to read. But I wonder if getting him a mobile phone might be a better use of money…and why couldn’t I just do that without the charity?
I love the emerging set of ‘do good’ sites that allow you to see the direct impact of your donation such as Jolkona. Websites like these actually serve to create a lasting connection versus a paper trail. I’ll get back to you with a more blown out point of view as I track this subject over the year.