James Kirk

James Kirk

Global Projects Director at Creative Social
London, United Kingdom

Positions

Global Projects Director
Creative Social Global
September 2014 - Present (3 years 1 month)
Wearer of many hats, to name a few:
- Business Strategist, developing ideas and strategies to evolve and grow the Creative Social brand.
- Trend Analyst, delivering future trends research and workshops for brands including Alexander McQueen, Hotstar (India's Netficks) and Island Records.
- Project Manger, delivering global projects from writing the briefs and proposals to compiling the wrap up and everything in between.
- Events Organiser, planning and delivering events in cities including Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Kinsale, LA, London, Mumbai, NYC and Stockholm.
- Content Curator, working across the CS channels.
- Workshop Facilitator and speaker, working with clients in Barcelona, India and UK.
- Finance, banking and invoicing.

A major focus of this role has been leading the CS Labs projects. These experiments in product innovation, service deign and brand communications have delivered huge value for clients who include Absolut, Converse and Sonos.

Creative Social is club for creative leaders who believe creativity and innovation will deliver better business and culture. Our purpose is to accelerate creative thinking for agencies and brands.

creativesocial.com /// @CreativeSocial
Creative Co-Inventor
Wordeo
August 2012 - October 2015 (3 years 2 months)
Myself and Kenneth Moore entered a competition run by LONDON Advertising. We beat 1500+ entries from over 60 countries to secure £100k funding and turn our idea into a start-up. I worked across product development, UX, branding and strategy. We raised over £4.5m in funding in the first round of investment.

In January 2014 Wordeo was launched, the video messaging app that brings your words to life.

Selected by Metro, Shortlist and The Sunday Times as an app of the week, and chosen by Apple as “editor’s choice” in the App Store,

TechCrunch - "Messaging app Wordeo blends text with Getty stock footage to take video messaging more mainstream" - www.tinyurl.com/wordeo-techcrunch

Engadget - "Video messaging app Wordeo turns plain text into audiovisual poetry" - www.tinyurl.com/wordeo-engadget

The Next Web - "Wordeo: A new video-messaging social network that lets you tap Getty for content" - www.tinyurl.com/wordeo-tnw
Co-Founder
giverr
April 2013 - June 2015 (2 years 2 months)
giverr was born out of a desire to make checking in on social channels more meaningful for brands, charities and the public. Together with a small team we developed the concept and took it through an accelerator program, created an MVP of the product and pitched to a selected group of investors. I worked heavily on product development, UX and front end design.
Brand Ambassador + Community Manager
Creative Social Global
October 2011 - August 2014 (2 years 10 months)
I began working with Creative Social as part of my Hyper Island course. When that finished I continued to stay connected with the Daniele and the team. My focus was on building the online community through content, I grew the Twitter following from 3k to 47k followers. I was also responsible for helping to deliver the UK and global events.
Bootcamp Hostel Skol Lá na Vila
Naked Lá na Vila
July 2014 - July 2014 ()
Bootcamp Hostel Skol Lá na Vila brought creatives from all around the world to live and work together at a temporary hostel in Vila Madalena, São Paulo, during the FIFA World Cup 2014. As a team we worked on a legacy brief for the city, and over 5 days met with locals to define the problem and come up with solutions to solve it.
Creative Director
Breed and Craft
February 2014 - July 2014 (5 months)
Lead the creative department of an independent digital agency based in Shoreditch. Helping brands to stop interrupting the story and start becoming it. Created the positioning and full brand assets including agency, and sister agency fully responsive websites. Worked across clients including Alexander McQueen, New Era, Sonos, Sainsburys and Oasis.
Freelance Creative Team
Kirk-Moore
May 2012 - January 2014 (1 year 8 months)
Freelance creative partnership between myself and Kenneth Moore.
Digital Creative Strategist
LONDON Advertising
November 2012 - December 2013 (1 year 1 month)
Lead the digital department of an integrated communications company specifically built for the networked world. While my focus was predominantly on pitching for new business, I was also responsible for taking projects from concept through to completion.

Clients:
BlackBerry 10
Samsung
Covert Accessories
House Of Marley
HoMedics
Best Western Hotels
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Moser Watches
Freelance Creative Team
LIDA, London / Mc Saatchi
July 2012 - August 2012 (1 month)
Client facing creative team with Kenneth Moore working on digital creative for accounts including RAF and O2.
Social Media Manager, KFC UK
London, United Kingdom
January 2012 - May 2012 (4 months)
Responsible for overall content production and editing, maximising reach and opportunities, and proactively suggesting ways to improve existing social actions as well as implementing new strategies. Successfully grew the KFC UK fan page from 100,000 to over 400,000 in 4 months.
Interactive Media and Design Management
Hyper Island
May 2011 - January 2012 (8 months)
Hyper Island constantly pushed me to explore my passions and skills and allowed me to develop my potential further than I previously thought possible.
Placement [as part of Hyper Island course]
specialmoves
October 2011 - December 2011 (2 months)
Working predominately with the Creative & UX teams producing ideas, concepts and executions for a variety of clients.
Creative
Aqueduct
October 2010 - May 2011 (7 months)
Developed strategic solutions for clients including the RFU, Manchester City Football Club and Network Rail.
Junior Art Director
Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare
September 2010 - September 2010 ()
Freelance Digital Designer
The Factory Live
July 2010 - August 2010 (1 month)
Freelance Digital Designer
Uber
May 2010 - June 2010 (1 month)
Freelance Digital Designer
Pancentric Digital
March 2010 - April 2010 (1 month)
Freelance Digital Designer
Blue Barracuda
January 2010 - February 2010 (1 month)
Freelance Digital Designer
Neoco
November 2009 - December 2009 (1 month)
Freelance Digital Designer
Typhoon Creative Partnership
September 2009 - October 2009 (1 month)
Freelancer
Firebrand Live Ltd
January 2009 - March 2009 (2 months)
Intern
Offices of Paul Sahre
October 2008 - January 2009 (3 months)
3 month internship with Paul Sahre at his studio in New York City.

Education

Interactive Media Design & Management

Hyper Island
2011 - 2012 (1 year)

BA (Hons), Graphic Design

Arts University Bournemouth
2005 - 2008 (3 years)

Publications

Hacker, Maker, Teacher, Thief: Advertising's Next Generation

26 August 2014
What does the industry need to do today (not tomorrow) to stay valuable and relevant? Is digital collaboration the death of idea ownership? What the f**k do clients know about great advertising? How can copying make you more original? I feel connected, but do I feel more human? How are the porn industry, illegal black market and bitcoins changing online culture today? How do we 'do' innovation'? Should we make things people want rather than make people want things? If you want to get a point of view on these and a whole host of other questions, just pick up this book which features a collection of essays from 35 leading creative directors and business owners. Creative Social celebrates hackers, makers, teachers and thieves – advertising’s next generation.

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