I was contracted by Saatchi and Saatchi’s in London to direct them in ‘bringing Digital to the heart of the agency’ after the demise of Saatchi Interactive. It was my responsibility to run all London-based Digital work, brainstorm with the creative’s (mainly with the global creative director), assist the Head of Operations’ in sorting process, scope and Digital project management. I was also responsible for building a scalable supply network of third party companies that Saatchi’s could utilise on specific Digital projects, recruiting both freelancers and permanent staff and vetting all client pitches from a creative and technical perspective. The London-based work I oversaw included Visa, T-Mobile, Atlantis, Starbucks, Cadburys, NSPCC, Axa, General Mills, the Marine Stewardship Council and the rebuilding of Saatchis website.
JWT :: Creative Developer
I was primarily employed to work on the Shell account as their Creative Developer advising both the client and colleagues and developing applications and sites. In addition other clients i worked on whilst there included Heineken, MTV, the Metropolitan Police and Merrill Lynch.
Over time however, being the only ‘permanent developer’ in JWT I became more involved with JWT-specific work, driven by JWT’s Global Creative Director, Craig Davis. Other work included WordPress sites, evaluating various open source cms packages and giving lessons to JWT’s employees on all things Digital.
JWT :: Digital Seminars for JWT’s employees
I advocated and was encouraged to hold a series of seminars for JWT employees about the internet, interactive marketing, emerging-technologies, open source and web 2:0. Each was designed to give a simple, un-technical approach to educating ‘advertising people’ on all things digital.
JWT :: Desktop Apps for PC, Adobe Air & Mac
I was responsible for conceptualizing, writing the specifications and developing numerous JWT-based applications during my time there. The most significant was the ‘JWT Thing’ which was a windows (desktop application compiled via Zinc) and also a Mac dash board widget that enabled users to view, add and query a variety of relevant blogs (internal and external) that were deemed of interest to the agencies’ employees, Every employee within JWT London had this application on their computer. The backend consisted of modifying the open source software, WordPress to facilitate the advanced functionality that was required. Other projects I assisted with were the CultUrl application (viewing and submitting the companies’ favorite urls) and JWT Showcase, an interactive database-driven work portfolio.
JWT :: 3D Page Turning Photo Book for Office Party
Created a 3D Page Turning Photo Book in Flash to show all the photos taken from the JWT Christmas Party. The book was entitled, “You show me yours and I’ll show you mine” and enabled visitors to leave comments too.