I worked at w+k London for about 4 years. This is a collection of tributes by people I know. Storing them here for myself but I thought you might enjoy them. Trigger warning some of them are on LinkedIn.
Iain Tait, ECD in w+k Portland and London "His brilliance was precisely because he was an introvert, not in spite of it." Dan. The quiet titan.
Michael Russoff, creative director working at w+k London during the Guardian and Honda days. "I never met Dan. I was in rooms where he was. But I never met/met him."
Michael Wolff, designer and founder of Wolff Olins. It's on FaceBook so I'm not sure if you can read this. "Like Bill Bernbach who, in his leadership of Doyle Dane Berbach, transformed advertising in his day, Dan Weiden took the baton and, with Wieden and Kennedy, continued to lead."
Creative Review "If you talk to anyone who has passed through a W+K office, you will likely hear mention of the network’s commitment to the ‘work’ coming above all else."
"Favourite Newspaper (apart from The Guardian and Observer)?
“Oh, God, it’s hard… I’m never off Mail Online – put that. I bet people don’t admit to it, but I love it. Never off it. And I love the commenters. I read more Mail Online commenters than I read actual newspapers. That’s another bad thing to admit.”"
In 1994, when he was Chair of the Design Council, John Sorrell was asked what design was. He published several definitions in a book released in 1995 to celebrate the Design Council's 50th anniversary. Now, over 25 years later, he has asked 100 people the same question and has published the answers in this book.
This book is a limited edition for the 100 contributors, of which I was one. Pictured below are just some of the definitions of design, including mine. It's a tough question and the answers are very varied, some quite of the moment. (I nearly wrote modish there but I don't mean it in a negative way.)
I've noticed how they've adapted to the rise of the smartphone and people googling the answers. In the early days of the Pub Quiz Technology Wars they used to ask you to turn your phone off. That worked as well as it always does. So instead they designed new questions that couldn't be googled. Or, at least, couldn't be googled quickly.
'Who was the second man on the moon?' is easy to google. A question where they play the instrumental of a popular song and ask you to guess exactly what time the singing starts isn't.
Technology makes the incumbent adapt. See Impressionism and photography and countless other examples. Related this from Brian and Kevin's subsequent comment.
The prompt for the picture above was 'The great pub quiz technology war of the 21st century'. From Dreamstudio via SimonW. Am I a Prompt Designer now?
I went up a mountain, very early. It was dark when I set off and remained so until about 10 minutes from my destination. As I got closer I thought there was an unusually high number of cars. Turns out I'd accidentally timed my trip perfectly with sunrise.
I don't think I'd ever seen a full sunrise before. The full from 0-100 sunrise. It was an incredible sight. And full of Instgrammers obvs.
And I mean Instagrammers, not photographers. The poses, the change of outfits, the camera stands etc. At 6am. Maybe these are my people.