At the start of the week I was in Romania, again. Their hospitality and generosity is amazing, so right at the start - thanks.
Kingsley and I popped over to help judge the Filter Design Competition and talk about being a designer, branding, The Design Conspiracy and the Sex Pistols.
So much happened it's hard to know where to start. So we'll start with some pics. More over here on the gorgeous Flickr.
The Filter Design Competition is organised by Oricum. Oricum is Romanian for "any how" and is a brilliant name for a brilliant organisation. They aim to be the most important youth organisation in Eastern Europe within 5 years. I think they'll do it. Easily.
This time we spoke inside here, the National Theatre. They have some cracking venues in Romania.
In the morning we spoke to the ten Filter finalists and gave our humble opinions on their really good work.
Then it was time for the talking. First up was Dave Brown, UK Chairman of Enterprise IG.
Then it was Ben and Kingsley (we've heard all the jokes).
We changed our talk the morning of the presentation. We were going to talk about us and how great we are, but that didn't really seem helpful. We'd brought along some before and after branding case studies and we photographed these on the hotel window sil and dropped them into a presentation instead.
We also VPN'd via a rogue wireless network, from the National Theatre so we could add in a video at the last minute. Gotta love that IT.
We talked about getting your first design job (hard), starting an agency, running an agency and doing a design degree. We answered loads of questions. We recorded a one and a half hour Podcast. Which will be uploaded here soon.
We were taken to some amazing bars and restaurants.
As well as being kind and generous, the Oricum guys are clever, passionate, organised and dedicated. There is an energy there that will ensure they succeed. Special thanks to Diana for organising everything.