Everyday at Odopod, we're challenged with a huge spectrum of client needs. We get to dive deep into their businesses and create innovative work for some amazing brands. But there are some ideas that we just don't get to make. Some skills that we just don't get to use. So we decided to turn inward, develop our own ideas and make things.
For two glorious days, Odopod shut down to work exclusively on projects of our own devising - and for those 48 hours, it was all invention...
Here's how it all went down:
A few weeks before Hack Days we put out a call for project submissions to our entire studio with only one rule: describe your idea in less than 100 words. At the end of the call, we selected eight projects to prototype.
We split up into small teams comprised of all disciplines - everyone participated, bringing a unique set of skills to the table. People soldered and sketched, filmed and photographed, coded and glued. There were acts of physical computing, drafts of architectural plans, and a ton of work we don't see everyday.
It was hard work, but well worth it. Here's a quick overview of the prototypes we created:
Odopod and Undercurrent teamed up yet again to produce DonQ's Master of All Skills, a series of puzzling quizzes and challenges testing your master knowledge of all things interesting. We collaborated with some of the most visited sites on the Internet to gather questions from categories across a variety of themes. Foodspotting tests your gastronomy wits. BuzzFeed challenges your humor and Internet memes. NOTCOT tries to stump you with Mixology trivia.
With nine categories to unlock over time, there's so many chances to get it right. If you prove yourself to be the ultimate master of everything, you might just win a trip to Puerto Rico to visit the land of rum and learn from DonQ's own Master Distiller.
Tonight we're celebrating 10 years of amazing work, clients, partners and friends with a semi-respectable night of debauchery. We're looking forward to kicking back with all of our favorite people who have helped shape the last 10 incredible years. Here's to another decade of fine work to come.
Lynda.com came to Odopod to get some insider information on our approach to the key business problems that many of us face in creative and design industries. They spoke with innovative thinkers from large companies like Google, Apple, and Adobe and small shops like Odopod. With these interviews, Lynda.com has developed the upcoming course, Pitching Projects and Products to Executives.
Over the next few weeks, they will be releasing short previews of the series. Today's release features our very own Founder and Creative Director Tim Barber discussing, "How do you sell yourself?" Check it out.
Our friends over at The FWA recently interviewed the brilliant Jacquie Moss, Odopod Founder and Digital Strategist. Check it out.
By Rob Ford, The FWA
November 01, 2010
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
It was in architecture school in the early 90s that I became interested in interactive design and began collaborating with fellow Odopod founders, Tim Barber and David Bliss. Similar to architecture, interactive design appeals to my predominant traits – artistic, organized, introverted (yet social) and technical.
My first job in interactive was at Human Code (Austin). It was the heyday of CD-ROM development. We were a young, enthusiastic, hard-working bunch dedicated to creating “edutainment” products for clients like the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Hasbro and Mattel. I loved the work, and I especially loved the people with whom I worked.
Meanwhile, Tim and David had started Circumstance Design (San Francisco) and were creating a massive digital production for James Cameron’s Titanic. In 1998, I headed west to join Circumstance and help lead subsequent titles for Fox Interactive, like a King of the Hill game.
Circumstance was acquired by Rare Medium. Tim, Dave and I left to start Odopod in late 2000. The bubble burst. We endured. In the last ten years, Odopod has grown slowly and carefully from us three to now 50-something.
In the spirit of making things, we're closing up our doors this Thursday and Friday to work on Odopod Hack Day projects. These are the projects and ideas that we've always wanted to create. For two days, we'll do what we want. No clients. No messing around - and in the next few weeks we'll share the results...
Every Halloween, odosketch artists create some amazing, spooked-out sketches. This year, we've gathered up some of our favorite creatures and characters that make these fall festivities so much fun, created by the talented people of odosketch.
We're thrilled to announce the site launch of the new Sony Internet TV with Google TV! Visit a playful world where you can explore video question and answers, tweets and specs about the new TV - a perfect place to get excited about the future of television. Let us know what you think.
We may not have been champions of the 2010 Design Dodgeball Tournament against the likes of IDEO, Frog, Method, fuseproject and others... but at least we had style. If you're good at dodgeball, consider working here. We're recruiting.
We're thrilled to see our clients and friends at Telsa Motors grace the cover of Wired this month. The story paints an in-depth picture of Elon Musk's quest to bring Tesla into the future as the world's most innovative and promising electric car company.
We've had the pleasure of partnering with Tesla as their digital agency of record, recently redesigning their website and working toward seamlessly connecting all aspects of the Tesla customer experience.
We're still in San Francisco, still under the same leadership, still doing great work (here are some case studies). But now we're a lot larger. We've joined a host of Nurun offices around the globe, all part of Publicis Worldwide.
Our focus remains on helping clients succeed in a connected world with products and services that transform the consumer experience.
We continue to work with forward-thinking, longstanding clients including Tesla, Google, Sony and Audemars Piguet. More recently, we've established new relationships with Dolby, the San Francisco 49ers, GoPro, and Blu Homes.
We welcome the opportunity to work with you too.
Tim, Dave, & JT
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