What’s up Bowie?

Har du noensinne lurt på hva David Bowie gjorde da han var like gammel som deg? Da må du besøke www.supbowie.com. Her kan du blant annet få lese om at han spiste sitt første styke Domino’s pizza da han var 13 år og var skuespiller i filmen ”Just a gigolo” da han var 33 år.

Siden er laget av webutvikler, Joakim Tønnesen og den kreative sjelen, Duy Nugyen.

Supbowie? TinyGiant creative

Tilbake fra de døde!

Det så litt mørkt ut en stund der. Vi tilbrakte vår tid i butikkjobber i Bergen, Hege solgte naturlige og økologiske mirakelkurer og Mariann solgte leketøy til de som virkelig ikke trengte det. Noe freelance ble det så klart, men ikke nok til å få oss ut av zombie tilværelsen. I sommer bestemte vi oss for at nok var nok og pakket tingene våre og flyttet tilbake til Norges hovedstad hvor solen alltid skinner. Nå jobber vi freelance og har jobber på siden. Okei, da. Ikke så veldig stor forskjell, men det hjelper å være i en by med et yrende reklameliv. Trenger du hjelp med noe? Gi oss en lyd! Vi jobber med alt fra strategi, tekst og grafisk design til konseptutvikling.

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Slutten på en epoke

Til sommeren er vi ferdig hos Futatsu etter åtte flotte måneder og drar videre for å utvikle oss enda mer. Vi er altså offisielt i gang med jobbjakten igjen og har så vidt begynt å forbrede noen søknader. Vi har allerede vært på et intervju for en jobb vi virkelig ønsker oss og krysser fingrene for at det skal gå bra.

De siste ukene har vært utrolig spennende. Vi har nemlig vært på filminnspilling av reklamen vår for Subaru. Filmen er inspirert av en scene i den forrige reklamefilmen og viser frem fem av Subarus biler. Det ble med andre ord mye kule bil klipp og avansert filmutstyr.  Nå gleder vi oss som barn til offline som er rett før ferien.

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Ferien blir brukt til å flytte midlertidig hjem til Bergen, for så å flytte tilbake til Oslo så fort som mulig. Så hvis du sitter på en fantastisk og sentral leilighet til en utrolig lav månedsleie, ja, da må du bare gi oss en lyd

– Tiny

3 måneder(les: 5 måneder) seinere…


Vi lever! HURRA, selv om det kanskje ikke virker slik på bloggen. Vi er svært fornøyd om dagen, og slik sinnstilstand har vi vært i rundt to måneder nå(les: fem måneder). Advarer mot at dette innlegget kan bli over gjennomsnittet langt da jeg skal prøve å oppsummere de tre månedene som har gått. Vi starter fra begynnelsen.

Kort versjon: flyttet til Oslo, fikk internship i Futatsu Industries, Graduation sermoni i Southampton, reklamespot innspilling, juleferie, tilbake i Oslo.

Også er det langversjonen…

Oktober: De to første ukene i oktober jobbet vi intensivt med jobbsøknader som skulle leveres til utvalgte reklamebyråer i Oslo. Hverdagen besto av jobb på Kinsarvik og Mix, søknadsskriving og søvn. Slik gikk dagene frem til deadline da turen gikk til Oslo. En grytidlig torsdag morgen kavet vi oss til Flesland med kofferten full av søknader, visittkort og portofolio. Vi strevet oss frem i Oslos gater med apple maps som vår trofaste venn(ikke så trofast nå lenger). Torsdagen gikk med til  møter i ulike deler av Oslo. Allerede samme kveld midt i en shoppingøkt inne på H&M plinget det inn en mail fra Futatsu Industries med tilbud om internship. To uker seinere 31. Oktober satt vi med fulle kofferter på toget på vei til hovedstaden, ny leilighet og ny jobb.

November: 1.november. Vår første dag som kreatører hos Futatsu Industries. Utrolig spennende og skremmende. Nå skulle vi endelig få teste ut alt vi hadde lært på skolen og se hvordan bransjen fungerer i praksis. Allerede første dag fikk vi utdelt en brief/pitch. Ivrige som vi er gikk vi i gang med en gang med å tenke ide og konsept.

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19. November var en stor dag for to nyutdannede jenter. Etter tre dager med julebord på Colorline Fantasy var det duket for Graduation sermoni i Southampton. Det var utrolig gøy å komme tilbake til studentbyen vår, der ingenting hadde forandret seg. Det ble en hektisk helg der hver time som ikke gikk i lek og moro, ble tilbragt med jobb på vårt gamle stamsted, Pret a manger.

Desember: Den beste måneden i året var her og vi jobbet som aldri før. Vi hadde 3-4 briefer surrende i hodet konstant. Hardt arbeid skulle lønne seg da vi vant en stor og en litt mindre brief denne måneden. Hvor vi deriblant skal lage reklamefilm, radiospotter og annonser. Den andre briefen var en radiokampanje for treningssenteret Stamina HOT. Dagen før juleferien var vi hos radioproduksjonsbyrået Verdens Sterkeste Mann og spilte inn vår første reklamespot. Fredag 21. Desember forlot vi Oslo til fordel for Bergen og Myrkdalen for en velfortjent juleferie som ble tilbrakt med familie, venner og kjæreste. Vi har vært tilbake i Oslo i to uker nå(nå altså to måneder) og er godt i gang med jobbing med nye kampanjeideer.

– Giant

Guess what?

Summer is over! Though it never really arrived in Bergen. Oddly it never does. However, we are way overdue a blog post and an update to what we have been doing lately. After we finished… Oh, yes, we probably should have started with the fact that we finished Uni. Both with each our First class honours degree. Feels good to know all the hard work paid off. Well, we will continue what we started: After we finished Uni we spent a week at a friend’s house in Alicante, Spain. It was fantastic. We had a private house with a private pool and sun, in other words heaven for two pale Norwegians.

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When we returned to Norway we finished a campaign for a Norwegian agency. A brief we expected to be incredibly boring, but turned out to be quite interesting and fun. This campaign was just to give us something to practise on and to receive critique. Then we moved on to create new promotional material for TinyGiant. This included business cards, CVs, web page and a new portfolio as Solent Uni holds our original one hostage. We brought all this stuff to New Blood where three of our campaigns were exhibited at the Solent Uni stand. It was fun to see people’s reactions when they checked out our work. Especially when they laughed (they were meant to laugh) and took pictures. Even our business cards were popular and they all disappeared, though we suspect that people just wanted a key chain. At one of the events, we visited Cogs Agency and met Ben Wise who has been really nice and helped us with our job applications this summer. At the end of summer, we did a three-week internship at U-dox through Skype, which was really challenging and fun.

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Us with our work at New Blood

Now you know what we did last summer.

– TinyGiant

Friplet creative

Today we handed in our Agency simulation report, which we’ve been working on since February. We created our own little agency called Friplet. Then an extra group member came along and ruined the meaning of the name (as we were now five) and informed us that fripple without a ”t” meant frozen nipple. Since we’d already made the logo we choose to ignore that information.

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We had to find a brief and actually ended up with three offers. None of which we really wanted to work with. Normally you wouldn’t have this luxury in an agency, but we needed a brief where we could show off our skills. In the end we were pleased to get a brief from the agency Five by Five, who gave us one of their earlier briefs from Stowe Landscape Gardens.

There has been a lot of research and we even took a road trip to Milton Keynes to execute a survey and visit the gardens, but there’s also been a lot of creative challenges as well which we of course enjoy a lot more than research.

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The only thing left now is our Creative Project and the agency simulation presentation, but recent future events keep distracting us from our goal. By that we’re referring to Norway’s national day, the final class party and a week in Alicante with some of our fellow students. The presentation is pretty much finished, but since we added a special twist we’re going to be extra nervous. 

Whish us luck!

– TinyGiant

Mental support

Finally finished our creative promotion assignment and are printing it right now. Or that is, Hege is printing it while I’m simply mental support through Skype, a program quite useful for students studying abroad. We’re not just finishing an assignment, but an entire unit and that feels good in these stressful times. A bit of weight is lifted of our shoulders and gives us time to breathe before we find some more to put on that is.

Enough rambling. I bet you’re curious to see some of our work. We were up all night working on different parts of the project and managed to finish our online portfolio, which is actually responsive. We recently learned how to create a responsive web design through our Online Advertising unit, though it was a bit easier whit help from teachers and co students. Somehow we still got it up and running. You can visit our site here and feel free to let us know what you think.

The great thing about responsive design is that it makes it easier to create a website that can be visited by all devices without having to create a design for each and one of them. I find it really annoying having to choose between original site and mobile site, especially when the content on the two are different. What do you think? If you’re interested in responsive design, take a look here.

– Tiny

Sunday is workday like every other day

So, the creative team promotion is coming together bit by bit. Since last time Mariann travelled back home to Norway for a week, and I ‘m left alone in the apartment. But it is going great even though it’s a bit boring without my roomie.

I’ve not just been working with the promotion task. I’ve been working with my creative project too. I’m soon finished with the first part of the project and I‘ve written 5000 words about Interactivity in advertising and how you could build up a relationship between brand and consumer using interaction. The next step is to edit the text down to 3500 words. The second part of the project is to find a client and make a campaign. The next couple of days I’m going to brainstorm like a maniac and come up with some ideas for two different clients, and then I’ll decide which one I want to run with. I’ll come back to you when I have decided.

As I said, the promotion part is coming together. The plan is to print out everything tomorrow morning. Until now, we’ve made this blog, an animation film that will be the introduction on our website and some other things.  I won’t tell you everything yet, but you will get to see it in the end. However I have permission from my roomie back in Norway to show you our logo.

What do you readers think?

– Giant

No pressure

This is our first blog post here on TinyGiantcreative so we better make it a good one. No pressure then.

Today we’ve been working on our promotional project to promote our self as a creative team to the advertising industry. Hopefully some art director in New York will spot us and we’ll be on our way to the capital of advertising. In the meantime we’re working to get our portfolio online. We‘re already well underway with designing logo and making a responsive website to host the portfolio. It’s important for us that the website is responsive so people can visit it on all devices (and so we can show off our new learned skills). But it’s also a challenge to get things where you want them to be.

In addition to the website and this blog, we’re creating an animation to promote our self. It’s not finish but it’s getting somewhere. Hopefully where we want it to be.

A tiny sneak peek from the animation.

A tiny sneak peek from the animation.

Tomorrow morning we are meeting up with our simulated agency, Friplet, to share concepts for a brief that was given to us from the ad agency Five by Five. In other words, we better get some sleep.