All month we’ve been bustling with holiday orders, but today we took a break to celebrate Thanksgiving as a team. Our potluck-style feast boasted of sugared ham, a 20 lb turkey!, several types of veggies, rolls, and of course, pumpkin pie. During the prep we stepped on our mascot Heineken, broke the microwave, and stuffed ourselves with food. Clear signs of holiday success! From our cozy, ham-scented office we send gratitude to our clients, families, and friends: You give us reason to celebrate! Pictured below: Heineken couldn't be convinced to sport a festive hat. You can imagine how handsome he would have been.
The PLAY Creative Team went on a bittersweet outing to celebrate Jana Schneider, our Project Manager Extraordinaire, on her last day of work. We launched her move to Denver with three golf carts, an uncounted number of beers, and nine holes at the Wilderness Ridge Executive Golf Course. The weather was gorgeous and the PLAY team member’s golfing skills were—to say the least—varied. We swung, we occasionally connected with the ball, and we had a great time. Best of luck to Jana, whose impeccable organizational systems will live long at PLAY!
About once a month we have an office potluck - this month we fired up the grill. Our very own grill master, Colby, took to the tongs and barbecued up some burgers. After the grub, we broke out the original Super Mario Bros. on our Nintendo and played a few rounds of pool. Now that's a day at the office. [metaslider id=984]
Q: What would you say… you do here? As a designer here, I make all kinds of cool things. I have my hands on projects from start to finish. In early brainstorming sessions, I work with the team to develop a creative strategy – then it’s on to one of my favorite parts of the process, making die lines. Once rough ideas are ironed out I go into production where I actually get to design, illustrate, and create a variety of different projects. Q: What do you do in your spare time? When I'm not pushing pixels or doodling in my sketchbook, I can usually be found doing one of the following: playing ultimate frisbee, long boarding down the few hills there are in Lincoln NE, binge watching things on Netflix, or playing guitar. I also really enjoy going to shows, watching soccer, and collecting vinyl. Q: Where do you like to gain your industry knowledge? I frequent a number of different design websites/blogs like ffffound, designspiration, and dribbble. I also participate in the ancient practice of buying magazines, like IdN or vna, to get my fix. Q: Favorite part about working at PLAY? I think my favorite part about working at PLAY is [...]
Creative and connected…that’s our team. And our culture. On occasion, we take a collective break to stretch our legs, have some fun and bond as a team. Last week, we took advantage of the sunshine and had lunch together in the great outdoors. After loading up the boat and a few Jimmy John's sandwiches, we headed to Branched Oak Lake, just northwest of Lincoln. We ate. We went tubbing. And we spent some quality time together as a team. We arrived back to the office feeling refreshed and ready to work. [metaslider id=523]
There’s a reason millions of people start their day with a fresh cup of coffee. The aroma itself is enough to make your senses stand to attention. Often times, it’s in those moments spent lost in the warmth and flavor of your favorite roast that the best ideas come to life. So when we were recently tasked with a campaign assignment, it made perfect sense to pack up our pencils and paper to concept as a team at one of our favorite coffee houses. We let our creative juices flow like the rich, freshly brewed coffee we sipped and together, walked away with some pretty creative ideas.
Congratulations to Jana Schneider for being awarded, "2015 Ad Rookie of the Year" by AAF Lincoln. The Ad Rookie of the Year recognizes one individual that brings unmatched value to AAF Lincoln and the Lincoln marketing community, contributing extraordinary work both on- and off-the-clock. This award is given to someone who has been in the advertising industry for less than five years. Jana currently serves on the board as Programs Chair. Jana is our rockstar Project Manager here at PLAY. It is easy to see why AAF has awarded her "2015 Ad Rookie of the Year." Her organizational skills, leadership skills and an eye for detail make her a strong asset to any creative team. We are proud to have Jana amongst our team. So if you see Jana in passing or receive an email from her asking to meet a deadline, tell her congrats! PLAY team members photographed above left to right: Adam Lohman (Creative Director), Aaron Petersen (CEO), Colby Angst (Business Development), Jana Schneider (Project Manager) and Rebecca Fowler (Business Development)
PLAY Creative is eager to foster developing advertising talent in our community however we can, and last week we did it again. In his yearly presentation, our creative director Adam Lohman spoke to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campaign Strategy and Development class, taught by Adjunct Professor Kelli Britten, on the subject of campaign consistency and budget efficiency. In his presentation, Adam discussed how PLAY Creative solves client issues using research, organized creative briefs, and experience to develop effective print campaigns with efficient budgets. He also talked on the importance of campaign consistency, making sure that all pieces produced for a client have the same messaging and tone, and how PLAY ensures consistency in our campaigns. To aid the presentation, Adam brought several samples of PLAY's work to help emphasize his points and promote our work. He also showed off our Project Details, our take on creative briefs that help guide us through the creation of our campaigns. If you would like Adam to speak to your class or employees, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we have been host to a new cutie. His hair may be cut like a lion but we assure he's all dog. Say hello to our newest buddy, Starfox! Starfox has been staying with us for the past week and he's made plenty of friends around the office, even with the chief morale officer and company mascot, Heineken. It's a shame he's not staying forever, but it's been fun having him here! Also, can anyone explain why he's been doing so many barrel rolls?
Q: What would you say...you do here? A: I think this question would better be posed as “What don’t I do here?” My title, project manager, reflects a good portion of my daily to-dos herding the team about, but I help out everywhere I can. I’ve jumped on design projects when we are short-handed to make revisions or size materials out (my schooling roots in graphic design lend well to filling that gap), plus I’m part of the creative brainstorming process. I’ve also been dabbling in the art of fortune-telling to get ahead of projects. You’ve got to be pretty well-rounded in a small company, so I do it all! Q: Do you have a hidden talent? A: I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a talent, but I can ask “where is the bathroom” in 8 different languages. Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: All of my “hobbies” come in and out in spurts. Currently, I’ve been running a lot as I’m training for my first half marathon in May. It’s also pretty safe to say that I like doing anything that your grandma likes to do: cooking, baking, knitting, crafting, binge watching television, going to bed at 9pm, [...]