Ask Us For Ideas

Defining a new creative force bridging business and agency.

Ask Us For Ideas was founded in 2010 by Nick Bell and Toby Wilkinson. They are creative matchmakers, connecting ambitious businesses with the world’s most remarkable agencies. Ask Us For Ideas have always had a unique perspective: they are committed to helping businesses around the world maximise creativity to drive them further. They came to us to help define their purpose and communicate their ideas, expertise and insight to a wider audience.

Our work started with defining their strategy and evolving their voice to represent the distinctive progressive business they are. It was important that their visual and communication style was free from any connections to sector or level of premiumness; it had to be rooted in their authority on creativity.

Establishing clarity around their purpose and what makes them different was the first step, the second was connecting this with the content they put out into the world. We saw an opportunity for them to further establish themselves as an authority in these areas; to be more active and more reactive in the world of business and creativity. When they mentioned creating their own podcast series was an ambition, we worked to define and brand ‘Private Views’: a podcast showcasing ideas and opinions inside the world’s most exciting creative studios.

Similarly, ‘Now Needs New’, a project which began in March 2020, was another active, tangible output of our strategy for Ask Us For Ideas –  bridging creativity and business at a time when many businesses were very much in crisis. As the face of business changes, they now have the tools to react quickly and show, by example, how creativity can be used within businesses as a lever for actionable change to help navigate new times.

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It's Nice That, October 2019

Now Needs New is a project which began in March 2020  – another active, tangible output of our strategy for Ask Us For Ideas –  bridging creativity and business at a time when many businesses were very much in crisis.

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The idea is that Now Needs New is a catalyst for new connections. We have already seen this project begin to uncover unexpected opportunities and bring about necessary change for the businesses involved, helping them navigate what is happening in their industries now and into the future.

Ross Fordham, Design Director, Made Thought