It's been quite a year...!

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our associates, friends, partners, creative collaborators and of course to our clients and audience. Thank you to all who shared our work, contacted us to collaborate, connected with at events and those we created content for. We look forward to 2019, to growth and all we can achieve together.

January

AfroTechFest, home grown British talent and new clients

The start of the year saw us support - as well as create video content - for the first AfrotechFest. We also collaborated with PR and communications powerhouse Djembe Communications to create a website for the Black British Female Artists. New clients included training startup Cocoon International.



February

Wakanda Forever!

We worked with child talent agency, Looks Like Me, and sourced all the talent for their Black Panther passion project. We were thrilled with the result as it has now become our most successful campaign to date. Going viral globally with over 2.5+ million views on social media.



It went far and wide!

The images were embraced by the community and went far and wide. They were featured on Good Morning America, CNN, Essence Magazine. Afropunk to name a few. It was also shared by celebrities and the actors of the film including Common, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Adrian Lester and by the director of the Black Panther film, Ryan Coogler.

The UKBlackTech stock photography photoshoot





Conceived by Mark, founding member of UKBlackTech, we worked with a consortium of companies including YSYS, Ultra Education and Andy Ayim, to create a suite of stock photography. Featuring children and adults using items of technology including VR headsets, laptops, desktop computers, and robotics kits. We fleshed out the concept, developed the brief, selected the photographer and art directed the shoot on the day.

The first set of images were released in February and the second wave in June and have since been downloaded over 2000 times.

Down in the DM, Podcasting with African tech experts

Hosted by Vanessa Sankyuke, founder of GirlsTalkLondon, the After Work Drinks Club is an insightful business podcast.

Joined by CEO of Salaam Ventures, Suki Fuller and Founder of Africa Business 2020 & Tech in Ghana, Akosua Annobil. We discussed the technology scene in the UK, Africa and worldwide, and the rise & success of African technology entrepreneurs. Listen in for some stimulating conversation!



March

Tech in Ghana heads back to London

The 3rd Tech In Ghana Conference event, and the second in London, saw over 200 people attend on the day. With hosting by author, speaker and journalist Afua Hirsch as well as panel, roundtables and networking, the conference is now a set feature in the African diaspora tech ecosystem.

April

Project Embrace's "Proud To Be Me" auditions and photoshoot

We led the casting call for real women to be featured in the Project Embrace billboard campaign. Our aim was to have 200 ladies to chose from but over 500 ladies applied! It took the judges a full day to decide who would front the campaign, a tough call for them as all the ladies had amazing stories to share. The final 6 went on to be the faces of this year's campaign.



Three days of creativity with D&AD

Judging the professional awards across 3 days at the D&AD was a great honour and experience. Viewing and reviewing some of the highest quality work in every category from print, packaging, branding and digital.



May

Proud To Be Me - Billboard campaign, launch and Coverage

We had another very successful photo project with the Project Embrace billboard campaign. The community loved it and the images were picked up by Glamour Magazine, both here and in South Africa, Stylist Magazine and advertising manual The Drum. Thanks to sponsors Clear Channel, the billboards made it all the way to the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.



Brands of Colour Podcast

Brands of colour is a leading, award winning membership platform committed to helping poc female entrepreneurs. Senior Art Director and Co-founder of VINE Creatives, Nene Parsotam, was invited by Brands of Colour to be featured on their podcast for episode 18.

In the interview, Nene spoke with Danielle, the founder of Brands of Colours and had a very interesting and candid chat about her business journey to date. Listen in here to Nene speak about why you can’t serve everyone, knowing and understanding your target market and being careful of what's on social media, it isn’t always what it seems.

June

Look back and then look forward

The middle of the year marks a moment of reflection for us while we look both at what has been done so far and what's on our road map to complete. By June we had supported over 50 events and gained press coverage in both mainstream and niche outlets. We also started producing our content to help entrepreneurs, especially of colour, with business basics. Nene was also featured as one of the top 139 British Women to watch by start-up platform sprint STARS, the Startup Conference for Women.



July



Interstellar Beauty Shoot featured on Behance

Conceived by Makeup and Skin care expert Lori-Bee MUA, this photoshoot inspired by the concept of interstellar space travel and shot by Photographer Nathalie Gordon, was featured on the curated gallery section of elite creative platform, Behance. Curated galleries are put together by the staff at Behance and we are super proud that this work made it to the top of their list in the fashion gallery.

Pitch Superwoman 2018

Senior Art Director Nene was part of the alumi for this year's Pitch Magazine, which saw 100 creative women get the recognition they deserve working with the creative industry. The list of these superwomen is put together by Pitch Magazine founder, super woman herself, Sherry Collins.



August

We launched our brand new and shiny website

It took us a minute but we are very proud of the work our design and build team put into redesigning our website. With a updated work section, a clearer user journery and finally a blog to house our content, we dropped this beauty in August.



Interview with Podcast platform For the Creators

Nene had the chance to sit down with podcast platform, For the Creators, to talk about doing what you love and her journey as a black creative woman. Check it out here.

Shades of Beauty Live launched

The bank holiday weekend saw us pop down to the Royal Horticultural Halls in South London to attend the first Shades of Beauty Live event. The 2-day event was created by siblings Christina and Grace Adesina, who are of Nigerian decent born and bred in London.

September

It's all about the work!

By September we had supported 85 events. We saw our Pretty in Pantone shoot for last year's colour Greenary with photographer Imagefaulty represent Nigerian Independence Day and see friend Selma of LooksLikeMe child talent agency pick up the award for Leader in Arts and Media at the British Black Business Awards. Yes! Other highlights include:

We judge and attend World Afro Day

World Afro Day is now a global movement which trends each year. It is now recognised around the world as a celebration and education of afro hair. We had the honour of judging the awards as well as attend the outstanding awards show.

Project Embrace founder wins award

We were super happy to see that our client, Lekia Lee of Project Embrace, was awarded her trophy for Social Impact Award.

For the business - working with freelancers article

We were asked by business platform website, Be The Business, to advise them on how to manage your freelance team, be it remotely or on site.

October

Our top 14 business and creative podcasts

In the home stretch now with the last quarter of the year now and we thought we would give back in the podcast department by showcasing our pick of top 14 creative and business podcasts.

We have put together a list of our 14 recommended podcasts created and founded by people of colour covering the creative sector. Be it tech, music, advertising, leadership or finances these podcasts are just brimming with gems of wisdom and knowledge aimed particularly at those who run creative business or work in the creative sector. Take a look here.

Black is the New Black exhibition at the National Portrait gallery

October saw the installation of Simon Fredrick's Black is the New Black series of portraits at the National Portrait gallery in London. The exhibition will be on display until January 2019.

Oath - Black Is The New Black from Oath on Vimeo.



VINE Creatives sponsors Black Girl Fest

The second Black Girl Fest sold out in 4 days and saw over 2,000 people attend. We sponsored the entrepreneurial section of the festival along side Walking Brand, a platform for highlighting creatives of colour. We had a panel session with both emerging and senior creative talent who spoke on their journeys and how to navigate the creative industry. Super thrilled to be mentioned on the Time Out website about our involvement in the festival.



November

In the home stretch now...

The last months of the year saw us work on some great new projects, even as we aimed to wrap up for the year. Supported more events bringing the total up to 102 events across the year.

Eurobest Judging

Another great experience with judging creative work this time for the european work from agencies and brands. Over 307 pieces of work were screened and debated and the jury of 6 selected the winning work, the best in europe.

Tech Inclusion Alliance launch event

We were invited to the launch of the Tech Inclusion Alliance, an alliance that seeks to make the tech ecosystem more inclusive. The event saw the release of the FT top 100 most influential BAME tech leaders, which included friends and associates on that list.

Brand work for Madeline McQueen

Madeline McQueen is an author, speaker and business coach whose clients include Grey London, O2, IBM, Virgin and Investec. We updated and refreshed Madeline's brand with a new logo, colour scheme, business cards and social media graphics which have been applied to her shiny new website!

December