2014 brought exciting team outings, big project launches, and several new Ducks.
Come with us as we review 12 months full of personal and professional success!
We brought in the New Year by bringing in fresh blood, hiring Frontend Developer John and Marketing Assistant Kriselle. We also gave up some blood, with six ducks donating together.
Web Designer Magazine published a feature detailing the rise of Cyber-Duck from Danny's bedroom to the flock of three dozen we are today. Google bought connected home company Nest for $3.2 billion in cash, bringing the Internet of Things mainstream – a trend that would anchor the year ahead.
While everyone else mourned the loss of Flappy Bird, this was Matt's month. From being published in Smashing Magazine's Responsive Web Design Volume 2 book and Web Designer Magazine to speaking at leading trade show TFM&A, our Production Director was in great form.
We put our own room of experts together, too: The first Digital Pond event of the year was filled with designers, developers, marketers and everyone in between to see Andy Budd, Anna Dahlströhm and, again, our own Matt Gibson talk user experience.
Raquel began a summer placement with our design team, and a pair of work experience students came in to produce The Duckgame, where two duck players battle each other on a pond by launching their eggs from lily pads.
Black cab drivers protest Uber, which was plagued by pesky legislation and scandals throughout the year. On a lighter note, our work for Sparks was highly commended for a Best Electrical Wholesaler Website award.
The Ice Bucket Challenge was cold and our UX glossary app was hot, both launching and going viral. We celebrated with our biggest Digital Pond event to date, with nearly 200 digital professionals packing a venue in Old Street.
Benjamin and Dylan headed to the Plymouth seaside, where our Festival of Code students were finalists in the Code a Better Country category. We were also published all over the place: Danny in B2B Marketing, Matt in Web Designer Magazine, and Neil on Usability Geek.
Obi came aboard as our QA Analyst, and Delphine began a placement with our New Business department. The Cyber-Duck team was runner-up for Team of the Year at the DADI Awards.
We saw the warm days out with our annual Duckies UX awards party, celebrating the best and brightest in young talent. Of course, we couldn’t let the summer go without another installment of the Quack Hack, producing four apps, a robot, and just a little bit of snoring in only 24 hours.
Delphine joined the New Business team on an internship from University of Bath
Obi joined the QA team
Beer, barbeque and brilliant student work - it was another Duckies summer extravaganza!
The Cyber-Duck team were nominated for four Wirehive 100 awards
Figaro Digital invited Matt to speak about responsive content strategy
Quack Hack 2014: The ducks created four apps and a robot in 24 hours
Cyber-Duck was nominated for Team of the Year at the DADI awards
Dylan spoke social media to Creative Capital at The Hospital Club
Benjamin shared his thoughts on IoT at SyncHerts
We helped Niu Solutions launch a new, responsive web presence
Danny headed to Brussels to speak about cross-channel design at UKTI Belgium
Karen joined us as our new Accounts Assistant just in time to shoot lasers at us. Neil gave an intro to user experience at Untangle the Web, while Craig and Cristina taught a lesson for BIMA Digital Day.
It was a big month for our clients – Cancer Research Technology launched the first stage of Ximbio and mydlc won Best Transactional Experience at the UXUK Awards.
Siji brought back a Wirehive 100 award for Account Handler of The Year, with two more ducks recognised as highly commended finalists. We placed in the top 15 of all agencies in the South East, and also got a nod for Best Use of Tech.
Karen joined the bean counting department
Andrew and Calum travelled over to Cardiff for The Web Is conference
Neil introduced Untangle the Web to user experience Design
Sylvain shared tips for improving your SEO at Business Media Insights conference
Craig and Cristina taught local school students at BIMA D-Day
The Ducks went retro and enjoyed a day of laser tag
Cyber-Duck launched the first iteration of our work with Cancer Research: Ximbio
mydlc scooped a UXUK award for its exceptional transactional experience
Siji won account handler of the year at Wirehive 100 Awards
Cyber-Duck were finalists at the Herts Creative Flame awards
Giovanni joined us as a Web Developer, Danny presented a Unicom seminar about transforming process within our agency and The Hospital Club welcomed Matt’s master class on human-centred design.
A whole flock of us headed down to Ravensbourne to take in another year of Mozilla Festival, where we hosted a two-part connected robotics workshop for the first time to great response.
We also launched a completely new brand strategy for IMI; The Institute of the Motor Industry was formed in 1920 and needed a new brand both to reflect their heritage and the current market.
For Christmas we got a new Product Designer called Sinead. Around the office, competition was fierce and Harry was envied, winning both the company go-karting grand prix with Obi and our first-ever lunch break FIFA tournament.
We also got into the holiday spirit with a dancing Santa hack, Christmas Jumper Day, a Digital Pond Holiday Social, and our annual Christmas party before taking a much needed rest. What a year!