What’s on: February


Until 23rd February: RIBA Stirling Prize Exhibition 2019, RIBA North, Mann Island, Liverpool. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the six schemes shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018. Find out why they were considered and how the judging process worked. It’s free and open to all.

Until 24 February: 40 Years of Grange Hill, Museum of Liverpool. This free exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of this groundbreaking series, which started in 1978 and ran for 31 series. It was originally based on Phil Redmond’s own school days, although it was ultimately set in a London Comprehensive. Includes some unique … Read on

9 On that note… saying ‘no’, ‘why?’ and ‘what if?’ are as important to us as saying ‘yes’. We’re here to ask questions. It’s OK to feel uncomfortable working through something, if it means things are better thought through in the long run.

As Andrew’s already said, we ask why as much as we say ‘yes’. We ask a lot of questions. And – if we don’t think we’re the right people to do something for you, we’ll be up front about that, too. Why’s that? Well, it might be because of our journalistic backgrounds – we’re primed to … Read on

Ten: then and now

It’s been some decade. When you look back to early 2009, it seems like another country out there. Definitely another time and another place. So, to mark our tenth birthday, Fiona looks at ten things that have happened in the decade since we started Wordscape.

1. Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States, from 2009 to 2017. He was the US’s first black president, inaugurated on Tuesday 20 January 2009, merely two days before we got started. Serving two terms, he was responsible for the Affordable Healthcare Act in 2010, which made healthcare a … Read on

Beauty Banks

Beauty Banks was set up in early 2018 with the aim of tackling hygiene poverty, following some crazy statistics about the number of girls missing school due to not being able to afford sanitary products. Once the co-founders, Jo Johnson and Sali Hughes, started to look into the issue further, they were quite shocked to discover via food banks and homeless shelters that people living in poverty often understandably have to prioritise eating over hygiene. Emma Jones recently wrote about the work of Beauty Banks in Ethos, which you can read here. You can follow their work on … Read on

8. Our best relationships are strategic, not tactical. We work better in partnership – sharing thoughts, ideas and opinions. It’s our responsibility to do more than just carry out instructions. We’re not just here to make you happy – but we’ll happily have an after-work drink with you.

Our best relationships are strategic, not tactical. We work better in partnership – sharing thoughts, ideas and opinions. It’s our responsibility to do more than just carry out instructions. We’re not just here to make you happy – but we’ll happily have an after-work drink with you.

We say ‘why?’ more than ‘yes’ when we’re asked to do bits of work, and we feel a deep sense of responsibility to do so. That goes for clients, and each other.

The strategy, the overarching ‘why’, dictates both the direction of travel for a project, but also the individual bits of work within it. … Read on

What’s on: January

Another year, another roundup of events happening in the local area. I’m not sure where last year went, but boy did it go quick! This is the last of these events pages in this format, keep an eye out in January for a new style What’s On page. I can’t promise there’ll be fewer cat-related days featured though…

January brings us another studio favourite, Houseplant Appreciation Day, on 10th, which celebrates me not being allowed them because I kill them, but my colleagues appreciating what they add to the environment around us. And a new year wouldn’t be a … Read on

The Greatest…Musical Movies?

I was lucky enough to get tickets to see Hamilton in London last month. It was amazing – a mixture of singing, rapping and dancing, conveying a story I didn’t know with precision, clarity and humour. It got me thinking about musical films. At this time of year, the TV schedules often feature musical films as they tend to be family-friendly and joyous, with the odd exception. I’m looking at you, Les Mis.

The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron was released worldwide towards the end of 2017 and was still showing to mostly-full … Read on

One Voice, Multiple Voices

On a recent trip to Lisbon, I stumbled across Fernando Pessoa, Portugal’s most famous poet, translator, publisher, literary critic and philosopher. I’m not really one for poetry, and that wasn’t what captured my imagination. It was his story which fascinated me. Apart from writing great poetry, he was known for writing under several alter egos, or ‘heteronyms’ as he called them. He was a prolific writer, as himself and as at least (as far as academics can ascertain) seventy-five other personalities. He wrote in Portuguese, English and French.

If you purchase of any Pessoa’s collected works it will include poetry by … Read on

Prohibition – good for business?

The word ‘ban’ is a particularly emotive word, and us humans are particularly curious beings; we always want what we can’t have… With that in mind, we take a look at some of the most notorious ‘bans’ in history, and pose the question: is prohibition good for business?

Iceland’s 2018 Christmas advert

Already tipped to be one of the most popular Christmas adverts of all time, Iceland’s story of Rang-tan the orangutan has never actually been shown on TV. Promoting the plight of the orangutan – of which 25 die each day, due to the palm oil industry – advert regulator, Clearcast, … Read on

Effective work

We do effective work, that gets the right results. It’s not just pretty – although it might be – or sounds good. It’s work that works. 

It’s generally a shock when you tell clients for the first time that you’re intention isn’t always to make them happy. Happiness is a poor measure of the success of work anyway, you tell them. A frown, or look of abject terror, is usually the response. We’ve typically only been working together at that point for a few days, or haven’t even started.

But, we explain, ‘happiness is the journey, not the goal.’ Ok, so we … Read on