A week ago Robbin and I made our way to the Netherlands for the very first time. The main reason for the trip was a visit to the Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam office. There we met up with creative director Alvaro Sotomayor who also introduced us to the ECD Mark Bernath. They have a fabulous office by the canal and the place seemed full of energy so we were very happy to get the possibility to show them our work. To use our time in Amsterdam to the fullest we also got ourselves tickets to Portfolio Night which was happening the same week.
The event was hosted by AKQA and they made sure for everyone to have a good time. First we presented our work to another ECD of W+K, Eric Quennoy which rounded off our Wieden experience in Amsterdam rather well. We then went on to meet Richard Gorodecky (ECD of Amsterdam Worldwide), Nick Bailey (ECD of AKQA) and Christian Bunyan (CD of Kessels Kramer). The evening was a perfect testing ground for our new concepts (Domino's Pizza Race and Mini Soundtracks) and helped us to get a first impression of the creative industry in Amsterdam. It was also the first time we showed our work on an iPad – and I gotta say it's a brilliant tool for a creative portfolio – better than a laptop and way superior to a printed portfolio.
Altogether we enjoyed the city of Amsterdam a lot and made many new friends. The industry creatives that we were lucky enough to meet all liked our work so we have our fingers crossed to visit this interesting place again soon.