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April, 2020

Always look on the bright side of life

While we’re living in uncertain and let’s face it, downright frightening times, we felt it was our responsibility to deliver some much-needed positivity! From fabulous design to Netflix recommendations, here’s a selection of things that have been putting a smile on the Workbrands team’s faces.

Dave, Business Director

– I’ve taken the opportunity to revisit TV shows that have always made me laugh out loud. Shows like Father Ted, Alan Partridge, The Fast Show, Shooting Stars – even a bit of classic Only Fools & Horses
Grace and Frankie on Netflix. I wish I hadn’t just finished watching the whole series! It would have been perfect quarantine viewing. Brilliantly funny and heartwarming
– Designers and animators with kids will know all about Hey Duggee. But even for those without, it’s worth watching simply to admire the beautifully constructed animation. It’s (almost) purely block colours and geometric shapes but stretched to the very limit of what this system can offer. And it’s funny! Guaranteed to make you smile

Stu, Account Manager

A few things getting me through my days here:
– Disney+ – another platform to binge content on
– Been re-reading Trese, a graphic novel series by these two Filipino ad guys, and next on my list is Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk
– I also give myself 5mins before the day starts, and 10-15mins at lunch to practice some German on Duolingo
– I can also now take the time to have breakfast at home (pancakes today)

Simon, Designer

It’s mainly been podcasts getting me through all this, here’s my list of current faves:
Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan
Desert Island Crisps
and just starting Monster: DC Sniper

Jaz, Marketing Executive

I’ve been using my lockdown time to dive in to my ‘to be read’ pile, some of my favourites so far include:
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, a beautiful historical fiction novel, inspired by the real events of the Vardo storm in Norway in 1617 and the 1621 witch trials
Skint Estate by Cash Carraway, a darkly funny and harrowing memoir and protest against government-imposed austerity
Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue, a gothic, witty and incredibly timey novel about an adrift 20 something working in advertising in London. Deeply relatable and darkly comic

Lewis, Designer

I’ve needed something scary to distract me from real life right now, so I’ve been watching American Horror Story.

Wei, Account Director

I’ve been reading and re-reading a children’s book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. It’s beautifully illustrated and contains lots of pearls of wisdom about life presented in a lovely whimsical way – suitable for little and big peeps.

Tom, Creative Director

I’ve been catching up on Narcos Mexico finally! And enjoying having control over the music, two of my favourites to listen to are Joe Goddard, he’s best known as a member of Hot Chip but his solo stuff is awesome, and the amazing Kid Francescoli.

Nick, Director

Does University Challenge count?

We hope we’ve managed to brighten your day a little! If you’re looking to fuel your creativity, read our Isolation Inspiration blog for our pick of inspiring books, documentaries, podcasts and websites.