The Ellis Jones year in review, 2016.

The wins.

Kellie: Delivering a 128-page research report to the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the culmination of 6 months work.

Kat: Winning the Australian Renewable Energy Agency  (ARENA) website redevelopment contract. Can’t wait to see it live in early 2017.

Janine: The Yallambee website. It’s great to see how you can create a nice website with unique imagery on a small budget – achieving standout against larger providers operating in the local region.

Elise: The launch of the #BeTheLast social mobilisation campaign to combat obesity.

Melinda: Building the agency’s energy and environment practice, making big strides with clients in renewable energy (particularly in the federal government) and sustainability (including a local, family company reducing textile waste).

Maddi: The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) 2015-2016 Annual Report project was my first project at Ellis Jones. It was great to be part of it from start to finish, and the clients were pleased with the end result – which is always a great outcome!

Alice: Getting coverage for a weekend event in three, mainstream print newspapers (The Age, Herald Sun, The Australian), and on three news networks (Channel 7, Channel 10, Channel 9) simultaneously.

Rhod: The State Library of Victoria strategy and identity – see it in February 2017! A close second is the #BeTheLast campaign, which used every corner of our agency (including design) and came together in award-winning form.

Lisl: Moving the office!

Patrick: Having Ellis Jones sponsor my Australian visa – successfully!

I’ve really enjoyed working with beyondblue to build a guide for promoting better mental health in specific settings. Although the project is still underway, it’s been brilliant to explore the literature and work through different models of health promotion. Stay tuned for the launch in 2017!
– Amelia

The banter.

One of the males in the office pointed out to some fellow colleagues, “I’ve been recording this, and you’ve been talking about The Bachelor for over 20 minutes.”

When a client pointed out a spelling error, one quick thinker responded: “Yes, we like to throw one in now and again to check you’re reading it.”

When discussing our ‘wins’ from the last week in our Monday morning meeting, one person stated, “I have no wins, I am just the wind beneath your wins”.

Telling a story about #datinglife, a friend of EJ confessed, “I must be criminally thick.” The phrase definitely caught on.

What has working at EJ taught new staff members?

Maddi: I’ve learned that you can’t enter any project thinking the same way you did in the last one. Every client is different; even if they offer the same product or service in the same way, the essence changes for each new client you interact with. You can’t do the same thing over and over and expect different results (am I right, Einstein?).

Alice: I’ve learned to never just accept a social trend at face value; dig deeper, find the root and explore the psychology behind its occurrence.

Amelia: Through constantly reviewing what it means to have a social impact, I’ve delved a lot deeper into how impact can be measured and what the cause-and-effect needs to be in order to achieve impact goals.

David: The potential of putting a lot of very well informed, enthusiastic and capable people from all backgrounds and experience areas together is near limitless.

The best advice I received was from Rhod when he said, “Think first, write second.”
– Felicity

Cheers to 2016.