A year already since starting at Z Energy? Goodness time flies and yet it seems like a lifetime ago that I was consulting for Sapient. Apologies to everyone who can’t keep track of which country I’m in at any given time. If you are trying to reach me on my Canadian number (647) 876 1586, it’s not likely to end well, so please email, Skype, or use my NZ number +64 21 646 442. How long before we have truly global, country agnostic communications?
Those following along will know that updates are not exactly the most common around here.
The short summary:
- still in Toronto
- spent much time traveling to Boston…
- …where I worked with some great people at Sapient and Wellington Management
Been good to do some digital strategy again, especially for such a good client.
It’s a bit of double-edged sword not doing regular updates. As a busy digital strategist, I’d rather be helping my clients than promoting myself, but I really should practise what I preach. Give some content, get some traffic, and all that.
In the last year, I’ve continued to work with the guys at Flightless and in addition to some exciting work on the NZEI strategy we manage to put out an iPhone app – What Cocktail? It’s a fantastic and fun world when you create your own product. There might be a slight nagging doubt that I might have been a little too clever in hiding how it works, but no matter. Version 1.2 will be out soon.
On a less frivolous side, I’ve been doing some work with good folks at Springload. Great team but I’d be lying if it wasn’t a little strange doing some Kiwibank work again, but don’t get me wrong the work has been fantastic. Good thing there has been Wellington Airport, Interislander, the Deaf Association, and few others to keep me Â on my toes too.
It has also been fun doing some digital strategy for myÂ good friends at Redvespa. Ah Business Analysts. There’s something really comforting about hanging out with my kind of people again.
As for the Toronto thing – I’ll keep you posted, unless you are in the GTA and happen to need a digital strategist/senior business analyst and the we should talk.
A lot happens in three months. Especially when you are busy. Â It certainly has been busy too.
The Palliser Estate website went live in mid-July. The result speaks volumes for the quality of the team (hi Lorin, Greg, and Josie) but also of the trust and faith Palliser had in us. Nice to know it’s a finalist for this year’s Best Awards.
National Bank’s refreshed internet banking went live in early August. I tell you, it’s a whole different thing changing a site that you personally use Â (along with 600,000 other people).
Even though I was wellÂ familiarÂ with the new design before it went live (how could I not? I created screenshots and specified the changes for almost every one of the 80 odd different pages) – my first reaction was still one of delight. I think it was something like: “Hey that’s my money. Hey that looks nice too.” Other customers seem to really like it as well.
It was sad saying goodbye to the National Bank project team but other opportunities were awaiting. Good luck Matt, Chris, et al…
This brings me to the next bit of news. I’m still working with the guys at Flightless, but I’ll be putting in my other 20 hours a week in with Springload. I’ve known the owners, Bron and Carl since my early Kiwibank days and I have a lots of respect for what they do. If everything goes to plan both companies will benefit. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out. In the meantime, there’s a lot of information architecture in my future.
A final shout out goes to Tracey and Clare at Beyond: thanks heaps for the ANZ/National contract.
Time sure flies when you are busy. It’s been six months since I left the secure world of Kiwibank. Working with GrowlyPaw at the beginning of the year was good fun and welcome use of the grey matter. The time with Flightless has been fantastic. The clients, NZEI and Palliser are great to work with and participating in the launch of Top Dog – Farmyard Adventures, a Flightless iphone application, has been superb.
To keep bread on the table and not let my BA skills get rusty, in March I grabbed 20 hours a week with ANZ helping to sort out National Banks internet banking changes. I’ll keep you posted when it all goes live – but it certainly keeps me busy and good thing the people I work with are lovely.
I’m still loving having so many projects, clients, and locations to swap through – it’s good for the mental agility. The down side is I haven’t managed to make much progress on my own iphone application.