What was your favourite moment/s of the exchange?
Rachel: Having heard a lot about the Sydney team since I joined Re nearly 5 years ago it was great to finally put faces to names. Unsurprisingly, everyone was super welcoming and lovely and it’s made me feel part of a global team rather than separate offices.
Annabel: Having the opportunity to work on the D&AD Awards 2023 campaign was really special. As was sitting next to Nick Cave at lunch one day.
Michelle: I’d have to second Annabel’s answer, working on D&AD was such a full circle moment for both of us. Our careers practically started winning the New Blood D&AD awards.
What was the biggest learning of your exchange?
Rachel: Generally being out of my comfort zone, but I loved being somewhere new and working with a different team and seeing all the amazing work everyone was doing. Also, adapting to early mornings… There’s a reason why coffee shops are open early in Sydney.
Annabel: That we should lean into cross-studio collaboration more! It was so fun getting to know the specialities of the London studio and introducing them to the Sydney and Melbourne offices. Looking forward to more of it in future.
Michelle: That getting out of comfort zones is good for you. Working with new people, on new projects, in a new environment… best thing I’ve done this year.
Where did you go for inspiration and ideas?
Rachel: I spent a lot of time walking and ambling between areas, until I came across cute coffee shops or lovely harbour views. I was very spoilt for choice and took the opportunity to pick up drawing again.
Going to museums like The White Rabbit and MCA was also great to see different types of work to what you’d see in London.
Annabel: As a writer, I go to people for inspiration. For the D&AD project, we were looking for IYKYK-style moments, so I surveyed specialists within our network to get the most authentic ideas. My favourite was our 3D designer’s ‘4-day render benders’.
Michelle: Honestly, I think because the city was so new to me, I literally got inspiration from every corner. Not to mention, Soho is such a hub – what a vibey spot for an office. The food! The old buildings! The shopping! Perhaps I was getting more inspired to shop, which I indeed did.
I think my favourite moments for inspiration though were sitting in our (Annabel and I’s) lovely terrace garden. I’d often sit there working, watching cats and squirrels walk across the back fence. We even got a big fox meander along once!