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Industry profile: David Hayes

Industry profile: David Hayes

Our Creative Director David Hayes spoke with  B&T recently and spilled what he would change in the media industry and two pieces of advice he would give to his younger self.

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Sans Stuart: behind the scenes with Art Director Stuart Penny and his love of Sherlock Homes

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When did you join HBT?

Let’s say just after apple released the iPod but before The Strokes released Room On Fire (their second best album).

Which brands do you work on?

All of them but currently, Dulux, Innoxa’s Save Our Skin, & Beaurepaires to name a few.

What do you like most about your job?

Beyond the obvious creative stuff, the people and culture of this place. I love them all more than they will ever know (past and present).

What’s a great piece of creative advice you could share?

Exhaust all avenues of information before you put pen to paper.
To quote Sherlock Holmes, ‘Data! Data! Data!’ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’
Even then keep looking.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

Build castles, mentor a ballet eccentric and mop floors. All to the soundtrack of Captain Beefhearts ‘Zig Zag Wanderer’.

What public personality/celebrity have you been likened to and why?

That funny guy with a beard, you know ZacJackGalafaBlack. I have a beard.

If a reality program was made on your life, what would it be called?

Sans Stuart. I like to stay behind the camera.

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Digital Director, Luke Kelly takes five to talk about his role at HBT (and his unfortunate likeness to John McEnroe).

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When did you join HBT?

I joined HBT on the 10th November 2014

Which brands do you work on?

I don’t work on any particular account, however I’m in the process of introducing our newly formed digital services to all our clients.

What do you like most about your job?

The approach to digital is different at HBT. There are no preconceived ideals of what digital should be but more of what it could be. This makes my job enjoyable as we bend technology to work with our ideas.

What’s a great piece of creative branding advice you could share?

Digital is no different to conventional advertising. It should be used as a powerful tool to display your brand message and take the user through an experience that they will share and want to talk about.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

My family take up my entire weekend. However when I do get those rare spare moments I like to run, play tennis, fish and watch any sport on TV.

What public personality/celebrity have you been likened to and why?

John McEnroe, sad but true. In my tennis playing days I had a furious temper on court.

If a drink were to be named after you, what would it be called?

“TGI Monday” My weekend is always a write-off with family duties. The TGI Monday makes the weekend a blur.

HBT – Senior Account Manager

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At HBT, we know that what makes us great is our people.

We’re a company of creative individuals who are passionate about the marriage of high quality creative work with genuinely insightful and useable strategy. We produce TV, print, digital, brand design and packaging that works in concert for an outstanding portfolio of big name brands, and we’re intensely proud of the hands-on role each of us plays in bringing them to life.

The person we’re looking for to join our team will be an exceptional relationship builder with a strong strategic point of view and a flair for outstanding creative work. They’ll adeptly maintain a brief from the client through to creative and production, with a meticulous attention to detail.

They’ll be self-motivated with the ability to work both autonomously and also in close collaboration with others – all the while drawing on excellent interpersonal communication skills. Their role will assume ability to astutely multi-task, build productive relationships and facilitate co-operation.

With a thorough understanding of agency process, the ideal person will have 5+ years experience working across print, digital, TV and radio production. And above all they will want to have fun, be adventurous and do great work.

Sound like you? Email Rachel

HBT Designer, Nathan Millard takes five to talk secret hobbies, Jean Claude Van Damme, and a quality ‘cup a joe’.

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When did you join HBT?
Two thousand and thirteen.

Which brands do you work on?
Biggin & Scott Land for the most part, but we tend to share work around which is nice; it keeps things fresh.

What do you like most about your job?
The quality office banter.

What is one thing you learned about yourself from working at HBT?
I have been overrating my coffee making skills all my life. I’m just below average…it was a sad realisation.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
I have many wholesome hobbies. I would like to share some of them with you but I just don’t think I know you well enough yet.

What public personality/celebrity have you been likened to and why?
Jean Claude Van Damme. My flexibility is only second to his.

If a reality program was made on your life, what would it be called?
So you think you can creep.

HBT Designer, Niama Wessely takes five to talk studio, sticker machines and swapping chairs.

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When did you join HBT?
Two thousand and fourteen.

Which brands do you work on?

A lot of them. It just depends on whats happening in the studio, but recently Dulux Group, Ocean Spray, Alligator brand.

What do you like most about your job?

I get to be creative and challenge my mind to solve problems in new ways. Also we have a sticker making machine. Yup.

What is one thing you learned about yourself from working at HBT?

My chair is the way I like it and if for some unknown reason it gets swapped with an identical chair I can tell the instant I sit down… my behind in more intelligent than I ever knew.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

Read Miss Marple novels and eat pickled onions from the jar.

What public personality/celebrity have you been likened to and why?

The girl Avatar. Supposedly my face looks like hers.

If a drink were to be named after you, what would it be called?

Safe As Milk