Private View(s) - a podcast showcasing ideas and opinions inside the world's most exciting creative studios, made possible by ASK US FOR IDEAS.
At AUFI, we've been lucky enough to have spent nearly a decade surrounded by a collection of the smartest and most visionary thinkers in the creative industry. What we've come to learn above all else, is that the studios we work with are not made up of client lists and accolades, but rather people. It's the teams that matter, and the chemistry between them that forges the most creatively compelling results. This is us shining a light on that, exposing a fraction of the inspiring conversations we're lucky enough to listen in on every day. This is not just about the work, but the why, the how, and the who.
ASK US FOR IDEAS (AUFI) helps the world's most ambitious brands connect with a collection of the best and most exciting creative agencies from around the world.
15 – Wedge
In this episode, we meet the co-founders of Montreal-based creative studio Wedge: Justin Lortie and Sarah Di Domenico.
Though they already boasted a robust list of international clients, the pandemic has had a silver lining. Being in Montreal, many potential clients previously gave preference to agencies with a presence in major hubs like New York or San Francisco. But, no longer – remote working has opened new doors.
Yet alongside remote work, they have also invested in a new bricks-and-mortar office – this one in the form of a house. A flexible space that will marry the best of their current, loft-style office, with the benefits of working from home — and they also imagine it as a space to show off client collaborations to the public.
14 – Pattern
In this episode, we meet Emmett Shine, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Pattern, a family of simple, stylish homeware brands that hopes to help us find greater joy in our domestic spaces. Pattern span out of era-defining creative agency Gin Lane, which helped to shepherd in a generation of digital-ready, Millennial-geared brands such as Harry’s, Hims and Sweetgreen.
13 – Butchershop
In this episode, we meet Trevor Hubbard, the founder and Global CEO of Butchershop Creative. Headquartered in San Francisco, their reach is far beyond the Bay Area: their expansion as a business has turned to the acquisition of complementary agencies to broaden their capabilities – recently acquiring Maniak, a digital-first design and technology firm in Guadalajara, and next looking to acquire another agency in the Asia Pacific region.
They therefore can now operate as a near-enough full service creative team, delivering needle moving work for Clients as far ranging as Nike, Oculus, Tonal, Good Egg and Resident Home. They also double down hard on self initiated products and programs, not least the amazing WGI (Worlds Greatest Internship), a talent network that and global internship program like no other. AUFI had the pleasure of curating the initial route of agencies that the freshman year attended, and we've been proudly supporting it ever since.
12 – Faculty
In this episode, we meet Umar ElBably, co-founder and co-CEO of Faculty, a brand centred on the premise that masculine grooming needed its walls torn down. Launching with a line of nail polishes, it was quick to attract attention, raising $3million in seed funding in 2021, led by Estee Lauder. Also remarkable is Umar himself: Faculty is his first venture since graduating from the Ivey Business School at Western University in 2019, he embodies a host of the traits one looks for in disruptive founders - crystal clear vision - founder-market-fit - endless energy for graft and problem solving - and a nothings going to stop me attitude. Faculty has collaborated with some top creatives from the AUFI network, including agencies Some Days and Playlab Inc., producing a fresh, multidimensional brand that matches its game-changing proposition.
11 – Hyphenated
Back for a rolling series of Private View(s). In this episode, we meet Will Esparza and Kelli Robertson, co-founders of creative agency Hyphenated. Founded just before the pandemic, they're already bagging major clients, such as Nike, Therabody, and 2k Games, producing energised and exciting work that speaks to Hyphenated’s mission of “shared progress”.
10 – Mythology
Episode 10 of private views dives into the creative practice and studio of NY's Mythology, featuring founding partner Fernando Music.
Super informative and gives an interesting insight into studios and their varying approaches.
Can’t wait for the next episodes!
Inspiring and interesting, really enjoying this creative and collaborative podcast! 👏
What a brilliant new podcast. Toby and Nick from AUFI seem so knowledgeable and insightful about the industry. Love it 🙌🏻