Day 312

I have to say that my first week here at Y&R Group Seattle is going rather swimmingly. I’m already immersed in a variety of projects and the people in the office have been absolutely wonderful to me. Everyone seems to be genuinely interested in the project and there’s more than a handful, who have been following along from the very beginning. It’s pretty weird to have conversations with people I just met about things that happened to me months ago. Sometimes I forget that I blog about this stuff.

The Y&R office, itself, is a rather large departure from the cozy, home-like atmosphere of 97 Degrees West. The space offers a lot of modern accents that focus on clean lines, collaborative areas and amazing views of the city. They even have a roof deck that allows you to take in miles and miles of Seattle’s skyline. Of course, they’re also all about celebrating Seattle’s culture, which is why every conference room is named after a Seattle-based band. It is rather funny to say, “Hey, let’s meet in Pearl Jam. Oh, it’s booked? Let’s head to Nirvana then.”

Another great element of the office is their kitchen. To say it’s fully stocked would be an understatement. Not that I’m going to try, but I’m pretty sure I could live off the morsels they offer here—from tabletops loaded with fruit, chips and crackers to cabinets filled with cereal, peanut butter, yogurt and loaves of bread. Clearly, this is one agency that knows health and happiness begins with the stomach.

Aside from the delicious snacks and colorful décor, Y&R is populated by a very diverse and lively group of creatives and agency folk. Just peeking at the desks around the office, you’ll find evidence of gamers, sports fans, cooks, runners, hikers, artists, musicians—people from all walks of life. They’re from all over the country too. I’ve already met two people from Cleveland and my desk neighbor just moved here from Philadelphia a few weeks ago.

One thing I’m really looking forward to next week is attending the Seattle Interactive Conference. Y&R is putting a really awesome booth together and they’ve invited me along for the ride. This year’s theme is all about celebrating the “makers” of the world—a group I’ve become rather close with over the past 10 months. I haven’t been to many ‘professional’ conferences, so I’m excited to see what they’re like. And after hearing what the agency has in store for their area, I can’t wait to see it brought to life. Of course that rings true for just about everything they have me working on.

It’s going to be a fun month, indeed.

-Steve-