Tuesday, September 29, 2009

12 Gets Blown

A little while back we decided to make ourselves some debatably legitimate student IDs. They're still not finished because Wordstock typically prevents us from doing anything that isn't red or helvetica or a giant sandwich. Thor and Mike did find the time to snap some photos of us while we were getting blown in the face by what is apparently called an "air bazooka."


















Monday, September 28, 2009

Other Than Wordstock

For reasons that have only been vaguely alluded to as yet, this year's 12 started a few months later than usual, and as a result 12.6 has spent the first 2 months working entirely on Wordstock. We were given the brief exactly 3 days after we started school, with around 75 days till the actual event.

In a little over two months, we crammed a lot of learning into a short period of time, a lot of ideas into a lot of presentation decks, a lot of food puns onto buttons, a lot of it into wordholes. And hopefully in the end, we will succeed in cramming a lot of literary omnivores into the Oregon Convention Center.

In between moments, in the"interstitial spaces," we've managed to have some laughs, make some stuff, and get taped saying a lot of stupid crap. Here's a quick sampling:

Super tiny happy hour at 50 Plates

Jamie is practicing for later

Our blood is Wordstock Red

And then Mike was born and we celebrated.

"Hey, remember when Mike was from the future?" "No."

Roof beers

Trying not to be creeped out that Ris is dressed like a woman at his photo shoot.

More roof beers

Keep Calm and Bake Goods

If there is anything we hate more than giant parodies of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster, it's people calling us ungrateful. We here at WK12 are thankful every day for the experience of being at W+K and we try our best to take advantage of everything this place has to offer.

To show our gratitude to the people who email us when there's free food in the building, share wisdom on how to navigate the WK corridors, teach us about the wide world of print production, spell and fact check our Wordstock buttons, and put up with all our stores of food crowding the SW fridge, we've taken to making Thank-You-Pies. Our own 11/12 Casey Hall is pretty handy with a food processor and can whip up homemade pie crust using only butter, flour, and whatever doesn't have a name on it from the 6th floor fridge. (We hear this skill will come in handy sometime in December.)

So if you'd like one of these WK12 Specialty Pies, all you have to do is offer to speak to us and tell us some fun stories about your experiences at WK. You can even make stuff up, we won't know the difference. And if you're in line for pie, please let us know if there are dietary/allergy concerns, and know that your pie will be on the way, just as soon as someone abandons some heavy whipping cream somewhere.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ride of the Valkyries & Lunch in Valhalla

What seems like forever ago, predating our adventures with the Hung Far Low sign or our Meetings Against Meetings, we each in turn stood in the atrium and introduced ourselves to Wieden + Kennedy and said inane things about ourselves. Then we played this little video of ourselves to premiere our new TV show.

After all that opening up and looking stupid in public, we felt like we needed to regroup and regain our dignity. So we donned a bunch of viking helmets and gorged ourselves on a Norwegian feast prepared by Thor's mom. We got totally wasted on Viking booze, and then ran around the agency naked (except for the hats) and pillaged the shit out of everyone.

Not really, but we talked about it. Same thing, right?

Our portraits from Day One.

Pre-game stretching

We're all just gazing lovingly into Joe's eyes

Costume Nikes, not for resale

Michelle says "ay"

Where's my matching battle ax?

I say "Anglo" you say "Norman!" "Anglo-Norman! Anglo-Norman!"

Real vikings would have taken the stairs

Pass the grog

Which of you barbarians ate the head already?

A few words from our hosts

Intimidating. Intimidatingly adorable.

What a bunch of filthy vikings

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What's Your Head Shape?

If you're about to go get a haircut and you need to figure out what your head is shaped like, Jess Price and WK12 have a quiz that will help you out! Flashback to your teen/preteen/early 20s years of getting all your wisdom and advice from Sassy magazine!


Is your idea of a relaxing night in:
1) a long bubble bath with candles
2) reading a book in bed
3) watching a good movie

When you go out on the town do you:
1) hit the hottest dance club
2) wine and dine and a fancy restaurant
3) check out your favorite band at the hippest venue in town

Your ideal mate:
1) is sporty and always up for an adventure
2) appreciates a good book and art films
3) is always ready to party and meet new people

All answers suggest that your head shape is stupid.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Big Trouble in Little Chinatown

The Hung Far Low sign, Portland's biggest dick joke and an undeniable part of the city's history. Someone, somewhere, figured it was too weather-worn to survive another winter, so at great expense, it was taken down. Everyone, then, everywhere, decided that we loved that sign, and needed it put back, fully restored, alight, a neon beacon for those of us stumbling back from bars and strip clubs.

Thus, the Old Town Block Party. Some of Old Town and Chinatown's most innovative and relevant businesses crammed their beer, food, art and retail into one city block in the shadow of Big Pink.

12 was there at John Jay's request, hauling our fourteen foot Ames room photobooth. If you don't know what an Ames room is, this should explain everything: http://virtualreality.physiol.ox.ac.uk/AMESROOM/ames_fig3.png

Basically, we did 12 does best. We put people into an unfamiliar situation, then we waited to see what would happen. We waited for a scene to take place, we waited for a story to develop, we captured it all. We raised about $275 to put towards the re-erection of that lovely sign. And, we had fun.