We’ve had a host of fantastic visitors to Bucks – here they are…

The second years have had lots of exciting workshops from some inspiring tutors here are a some of them. First we have Bobbie Hardwick, digital strategist from Zone – running a 2 week digital workshop – great to see that digital also includes lots of messing about own the chalk boards!

Christian Hartmann from LizH – top London headhunters, came to talk to the 3rd years and give them book-crits. Christian looks after juniors at LizH, it was great to hear exactly what the next steps should be after leaving uni.

He was extremely impressed with the standard of work – the 3rd years are all busy on their D&AD New Blood competition entries – so fingers crossed we will be winning a pencil or two!

Gemskii – writer and actor, ran her 2 day workshop for the 1st years. She worked through her confidence building and presentation skills programme using her many acting skills, the students loved it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cross – Creative director at AKQA (and Bucks alumni)

came to talk to the students about AKQA’s awards scheme, Future Lions – the agency presentation was amazing – this is a great opportunity for all the students – placements to be won – and a big presentation at Cannes – c’mon you students!

The wonderful Milo Williamsbucks alumni and brilliant freelance creative spent 2 days with the 2nd and 3rd years – running a workshop and giving advice and critique on their work – it was great having you with us, Milo – please come again!

 

Another amazing workshop for the 1st years with stand-up comedian Rick Kiesewetter, an Asian-American comic. Adopted in Japan and then raised in a small town in New Jersey. Served in US Army Intelligence in Germany and has been living in the UK since 1993. Rick has been coming to Bucks to share his skills on presentation and storytelling with the students for the last decade – it’s a brilliant workshop with the students finding themselves with a wealth of new talents.

 

More storytelling for the 1st years with strategist and author, Anthony Tasgal – Tas to all who know him. Storytelling is a tremendous skill for creatives and the inimitable was Tas introduces it is inspirational to all.

Degree show time!

The graduating third years put on a show at Bucks and then took it to London, where we were hosted by the lovely people at Isobel.

Family and friends came to Bucks, whilst Isobel was the ‘industry’ show. At Isobel we had a fantastic turn out – with agency people (including lots of out grads) from agencies and companies such as Iris, BBH, Y&R, WCRS, Portas, Kindred, Haygarth, WDMP, Stink, Now, Brothers & Sisters, Weber Shandwick, The Brooklyn Brothers, TMW, Keko, The Talent Business and many more…

A big thank you the families and friends, who came and supported our wonderful students at the Bucks degree show.

The 3rd years all ready to go with their ‘moving out’ show


Kindred presentation Against Modern Day Slavery

The students worked hard on the Home Office brief – against Modern Day Slavery – it was a real eye opener to what happens around us and how close we come to slavery in our normal everyday lives. John Merriman, Creative Director of Kindred and Home Office Account Director, Andy Ravan, gave some great feedback on the students’ work. The winning work belonged to George and Lucas – they get a placement at Kindred as a prize – well done, boys!

The Workshop Awards – who’ll win the mentors?

The Workshop Awards is over for 3rd Year Students at Bucks! We want to say a massive Thankyou to Jack and Stacey at 4Creative, Gina and Freya at WCRS and Sarah and Elliot (and Florence!) at Mr President! We can’t wait to find out who will win them as mentors.
We all really enjoyed the different briefs!
From generating quick strategies, to making something outrageous.
I think every single student learnt something valuable these last two weeks!
I know I certainly did, now with the semester ending, I want to make my work more engaging, digging deeper for strategies and inisights, then executing by triggering a human emotion.
We’ve all got something to work on for the future and to put in our books!
Exciting times are ahead as we discover who gets mentors and who their mentors will be! Stay tuned!
Julie Botwood

Waiting for the day to commence in Channel 4’s fab offices

Jack & Stacey choose the winners…

Creature Week has finally come to an end!

Following a weekl-ong intense conceptual week, all the 3rd year students went in to see Stu Outhwaite-Noel at Creature today and had 1-2-1’s with him about the two brands they wanted to put into their books. For Stu, he wanted us to dig deep on strategies. By answering his ‘9 questions’, students were able to develop great strategies and come up with great campaigns.
Although a lot of us now have something to work on to put into our book. The few of us who maybe didn’t execute properly, now have the tools to start again, and create two book worthy campaigns.
A big thank you to Stu at Creature who gave up how time on 3 separate occasions! We really appreciate how much time you’ve invested into the 3rd year students!

We will, we will…

Love the welcome sign!

So much great advice

Thanks for the workshop, Stu!

Content creation workshop at JWT for the 3rd years

A big thank you to Simon Sworn, Creative Director at JWT for a brilliant workshop at JWT. The brief focused on Content Creation for some of their major brands including Pot Noodle and kitKat.

Along with Simon were his art director, Adam and junior art director Louie who graduated from Bucks two years ago.
Their brief was to create and produce a piece of video online content and relate it to something currently going on in the media. There were 7 brands to choose from and the group enjoyed tackling most of them.
Congratulations to the winners Ed & Becky who showed how Pot Noodle would be useful if the world was to ever ‘end’.
Simon, Adam and Louie were great at giving some intense feedback that really pushed our projects further. We had so much fun at JWT on Thursday evening, we cannot wait to come back soon and show you our developments on the brief!
Julie Botwood

Simon critiques the range of rather impressive work!

Louie looks on

Katie and Hayden

Well done everybody!

Legendary art director, Alex Taylor, gives her Masterclass to third years

Thanks for coming, Alex – we had a truly inspiring day!

Legendary art director Alex Taylor brought her witch’s hat for her masterclass ‘The Art of Art Direction’ last Thursday. She gave an inspiring presentation, talking about the great art directors of the past and present, inspiring our 3rd years to be the great art directors of the future – and critiquing them on the rather tricky art direction brief that she set them. Everyone appreciated the firm hand and went away feeling motivated and inspired by her success. Congratulations to the winners of the Tomato Awards – Becky, Kat and Sophie!

Katie Elson

Well done Becky on coming first!

 

And Kat came second!

And Sophie came third!

 

3rd years show their talents to Wieden & Kennedy

A big thank you to Linda & Alex of Wieden & Kennedy for a fab workshop – who knew you could say so many amazing things about toilet rolls! They were joined by Milo Williams, freelance art director – all 3 are Bucks grads.

The 3rd years all presented some inspired thinking – those books are going to look brilliant!

Linda & Milo – what happened to Alex?

Open a box and find a dinosaur.

The thirds years have had a Creative Detox! We’re so in our own tracks that we’ve started building our own obstacles to, very metaphorically, get over.
Third year, Jess Baldock, described the day as “eye-opening. It really highlighted to us how without realising it we have all put certain pressures and restraints on our own creative capabilities. With a “yes and” attitude     I think that, as a group, we can all start working more as one team instead of being territorial and competitive with our ideas.”
The studio is flowing with the ideas and discussions have never been more of a team effort. We’re all communicating as a team and we’re smashing the latest brief which rolled through our doors from Wieden & Kennedy which happens to be based around Toilet Roll.
Next week we start working on our Final Major Project!
Julie Botwood

Thanks for a great day, Mandy!

It’s not about the noise, it’s about the signal.

The Third years spent a wonderful day with Tas, talking about, well, everything really. From chocolate, to happiness and behavioural economics, our day on Strategy turned out a very inspiring day.

Looking at different markets and how we should be advertising within them and know when to advertise outside of the obvious. Finding out what our client really wants so we get those Eureka moments; getting on a bus or getting into bed, we now have all the tips for getting those great ideas flowing!

He’s given us all some inspiring thoughts on how to be massaging minds instead of sending them messages. Realising that if we are not connecting with people (because the word consumer puts them down as a product eating machine) then we aren’t making good advertisements.
Tas has not only helped us on Strategy, but we have another day with him on Monday! We can’t wait to see what the next chapter is and who knows, by the end of it, we may have all bought his book too!
Thank you for a great day Tas, see you Monday!
Julie Botwood, 3rd year.