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Halloween in Quarantine & 7th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Following the "spooky" theme of 2020, the V2Works' Brandgineers celebrated Halloween in Quarantine. While some of us practiced safe social distancing at the office, some of us are still working remotely due to a range of circumstances. The physical distance didn't damper the mood in any way... we still dressed up like we usually do, albeit with an added mask, and continued our usual Halloween traditions. Here are the highlights. 7th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest Our 7th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest transitioned to digital this year, with team members submitting a wide range of artistry. From photos of actual pumpkin carvings, to getting creative in photoshop, to digital paintings of pumpkins, all presentations were amusing. Here are the entries: Check out our entries from other contests.   We Like to [...]

Halloween in Quarantine & 7th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest2020-11-02T23:41:43+00:00

6th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest & Halloween Festivities

For our 2019 6th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest, the V2Works Brandgineering team delivered another selection of creativity. Check out our entries from other contests. To celebrate the day, we also played hooky and closed the office for the afternoon to go watch a movie. But, first we needed masks. The year, we wore our V2 attire and chose a "monster" to use as a mask. As usual, the Halloween festivities were a blast.      

6th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest & Halloween Festivities2020-11-02T18:44:41+00:00

What I Look for on Employment Applications

At V2Works we look for a skilled applicants who challenge and inspire us. We love big thinkers and brand innovators. We don’t care where you went to school or who you know. Just be smart, cutting edge, and ready to kick average work to the curb to make work that matters. During my career, I've reviewed countless applicants, but only a few actually pass the test to make it beyond my in-box before getting filed away. Fewer still get an interview. If you want to get hired at V2Works, or another design firm, you might want to take the following information into consideration. First Impressions Since we're living in the digital age, the first thing I see these days is an email cover letter, followed by an attached, more detailed cover [...]

What I Look for on Employment Applications2020-06-30T22:33:13+00:00

4th Annual Office Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Halloween Festivities

It was another spook-tacular Halloween here at V2Works. We started the week off with a friendly pumpkin decorating contest. You could tell the artistic juices were flowing with entires ranging from a sugar skull to the “happy chocolate swirl" (poop) emoji. On Halloween morning, laughter ensued as each person walked into work, each costume better than the last. Our Senior Art Director, Brandee, came as Negan from Walking Dead, which was the biggest hit (maybe because of the beard she had drawn on). Our Project Manager, David, came as a vampire and stayed in character all day long giving us a great laugh. As a team, we skipped out early and hit the movie theater to see “Happy Death Day” which turned out to be a pretty good movie, [...]

4th Annual Office Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Halloween Festivities2020-08-26T22:33:49+00:00

McMenamins MEHH

On the last Friday of every month, the V2Works crew gets together for a casual happy hour at one of the local watering holes. The official event name is Month End Happy Hour, or as we winkingly refer to it, MEHH. (We do love a good acronym!) We closed out February this past Friday with a visit to McMenamins Anderson School, specifically their Tavern On The Square. It's an old schoolhouse that's been converted to a very cool hotel and set of restaurants. As the eight of us sat by the fireplace, chomping on pizzas, olives, breads and spreads, and drinking some custom brews and other great things, our conversations ran amuck! For instance.... This place has very high ceilings with crossbeams that prompted Troy to remember being a kid [...]

McMenamins MEHH2020-10-23T15:01:35+00:00

New Year Kickoff at Beardslee Public House for MEHH

2017 is off to a busy start here at V2Works. Our first Month End Happy Hour (MEHH) outing of the new year was just what the team needed to let off some steam. We celebrated our January MEHH, at the Beardslee Public House in Bothell, with jokes and delicious appetizers, including poutine with veal gravy, brussel sprouts, crab artichoke dip, and bavarian pretzels with cheese sauce. Among the craft cocktails and specialty ciders, we discussed crazy ideas for future inventions, tried our luck at spinning pennies on cocktail plates (to no avail), and ooo-ed over our newest team member, Arianna's, wedding photos. Our coveted MEHH, at the end of every month, is just what everyone needs to start the next month fresh and revived. If you are ever at the Beardsley Public House, the Crab [...]

New Year Kickoff at Beardslee Public House for MEHH2020-10-23T15:07:20+00:00

Hollywood Tavern MEHH 2.0

You know that a place is an instant favorite when the V2Works team unanimously decides to revisit our prior MEHH location. We don't normally do that, instead always finding the adventure of new discoveries more exciting. But Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville was far too enticing to not return to ASAP, what with their deliciously tempting appetizers and their unique whisky milkshakes. So off we went for the final MEHH of 2016 as December ended (or more like YEHH - year-end happy hour!). I don't know what it was about this day but we came up with some totally strange topics of conversation throughout the happy hour.  Like what? Well...talking fish, the rebirth of Olympia Beer, extreme snowmobiling, bad dentistry stories - oh yeah - we had it all. And being that [...]

Hollywood Tavern MEHH 2.02020-10-23T15:09:51+00:00

Cold Snap

As a Seattle native it’s rare to have such a long streak of crisp cold weather. But it gives the opportunity for some amazing photos! These views are of the majestic Mt. Si from a delightfully frigid walk around the frozen waters of the Old Mill Pond in Snoqualmie. An ancient Native American prometheus legend explains that Mt. Si is the dead body of Snoqualm, the moon. In one form of the legend, Snoqualm orders a rope of cedar bark be stretched between the earth and the sky. Fox and Blue Jay travel up the rope and steal the sun from a sleeping Snoqualm. Snoqualm, awakened by the cold absence of the sun, chases Fox and Blue Jay down the cedar rope. However, during this chase, the rope breaks and [...]

Cold Snap2020-10-23T15:11:06+00:00
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