What do Austria, California, Greece, and Scotland have in common? You guessed it…the yellow team! We were brought together by the creative city challenge, to explore Edinburgh’s most creative venues and meet industry professionals from our fields.
Our expertise is as diverse as our backgrounds, with creative advertising, popular music, television and lighting design as our subjects. Our well-rounded skills gave us a great advantage to come up with quick campaigns!
We did have one more thing in common...a desire to challenge ourselves. We are ambitious. We strive to perfect our craft and discover new parts of the city we live and study in along the way.
Read on to follow our journey through the city on one of the most creative, challenging, and rewarding experiences.
You had us at yello...
Nervous and a bit sleepy-eyed, we arrived at the Glassroom at the Merchiston Campus of Napier University. We each had no idea what the day had in store for us, but we knew it was going to be an adventure.
Why did we join the creative city challenge?
We wanted to meet other creative personalities at Napier & network with the biggest agencies from all over Edinburgh.
With a flash of a powerpoint presentation, we had our groups and rushed to meet each other. With only 10 minutes to learn each other's names, add each other on Facebook, figure out the clue, and map out our bus plan, we were off!
Yellow definitely suited our bright personalities.
We chatted and laughed while waiting for the first bus, which was delayed. Good ol' Lothian Buses!
First stop: Tayburn Ltd.
Our first clue led us to the multi-award winning design and communication agency, Tayburn Ltd., tucked away in Causewayside, Edinburgh. As we charged up the stairs, we were warmly welcomed by the whole team, including Gregor, the design director, who led us through a presentation. He detailed his career progression, the history of the company, and gave us tips on how to get ahead in the industry.
Started in 1979, the company has had tremendous success with clients like Heineken, Standard Life, the Scotland Commonwealth Games, and more. They believe that having a smaller quantity of clients with better quality relationships is the best way to suceed. Tayburn Ltd. now has offices in London, Aberdeen, and Istanbul.
After the presentation, we were given our challenge: As a team we had to juggle, Hula-hoop and plate-spin together for as long as we could! What an inspiring way to start the day! After a bit of rehearshing, we landed a time of 16 seconds. We were very proud, since none of us are studying circus tricks at Napier!
We toured around Tayburn’s gorgeous (as you’d expect) Edinburgh office, and got to meet some of the staff - who were having a great big party to celebrate the firm’s success! Then we were handed our next clue!
Thank you to Tayburn Ltd. for having us and showing us how fun it could be to work with you in the future! If you'd like to hire us or even to hire us as your entertainment for your next party, see below for our LinkedIn profiles!
Check out Tayburn Ltd.
"We practice what we preach here."
5th Stop: The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
We aren't going to lie to you, we definitely got lost on this journey.
We thought that our last clue was sending us to the Scottish National Gallery. Instead of ending up there, we went to the wrong museum. When we did arrive at the Scottish National Gallery, the kind security officer laughed and pointed us in the direction of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Whoops!
It was raining and we had 5 minutes to chat with them, but we made it nonetheless. We were escorted into the back room to chat about the Portrait gallery, the creative opportunities for young professionals, and how we could get more involved by volunteering.
Our challenge? To create a new, comfy, gallery chair. Since we were so late, we collected some materials to finish our challenge at home.
Cool moment: We were escorted out of the museum through the service and staff entrance. That was a once in a lifetime moment that we will probably never have again! Pretty cool!
Thank you Scottish National Portrait Gallery for allowing us to come in and chat about the creative opportunities for students like us at your gallery. We are excited to volunteer and get more involved.
Check out the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
FIRST TEAM TO ARRIVE AT WHITESPACE
Team Yellow says goodbye
Thanks so much for following along on our journey through the creative city challenge of Edinburgh. We had an amazing time getting to know each other and meeting the creative professionals that make this city shine. Thanks Edinburgh Napier University for creating this challenge for young creatives like us!
4/4 would recommend this challenge to a friend!!
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Karina Bonnin (MSc Creative Advertising)
Colin Myles (Popular Music)
Claire Tomara (MA Lighting Design)
Valentina Marinelic (Television)