Creating a new home for Publicis Groupe UK

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Creative Director


Publicis Groupe UK
Publicis Groupe UK


Octopus Group (Publicis Groupe UK)

For the launch of Publicis Groupe UK’s new brand, Octopus Group was approached by the groupe to design and build a completely new site to reflect their new position and brand identity.

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Other than being a large and exciting undertaking to represent the brilliant work being done across their world-class agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Digitas, BBH, it was also a huge privilege to be the chosen agency among such great sister agencies.

We worked with PGUK stakeholders and their branding team across approximately three months, taking us from initial research, user journeys, content mapping, from low to high fidelity wireframes and design, through to development. We leaned into the new PGUK brand of bold and contrasting typography and blocks of colour, creating large sections coupled with simple complimentary patterns and photography. As Publicis Groupe's strength is in its individual agencies and work, we kept the site simple and unobtrusive, leaving space for the content itself to take centre stage.

We chose to build on WordPress for its simplicity and flexibility (Octopus Group's go-to CMS), and content population was picked up by Publicis Groupe UK’s content team. The final result was a bold and individual site celebrated by the Groupe, supporting the main brand while holding up the individuality of each respective agency.

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They say…

Always hard working and with extremely high standards. He’s also a top bloke to have around and made a big contribution to our award-winning culture at the agency.
– Jon Lonsdale, CEO at Octopus Group (Publicis Groupe UK)
Regardless of the scope or scale of each brief, Dave’s ambition to produce exceptional creative always reigned supreme. Dave was also good fun to be around, bringing lots of humour to work which often brightened busy days.
– Katie Pospischil, Head of Client Services at Octopus Group (Publicis Groupe UK)
Working with Dave is fun, productive and a genuine inspiration – he manages to grasp both the creative requirements for a project, and the technical detail with which to deliver it. It’s quite something to behold. I really enjoyed working with Dave, both for his professional excellence and his brilliant sense of humour, wit and work ethic. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
– Tom Dennis, Head of Content Marketing at English Heritage
Dave has added a huge amount. You can’t be a great marketing agency without a really strong creative department and Dave has delivered that. He leads from the front, with a natural passion for design which means you know he’ll always give 100% to anything he works on. Dave commits! Culturally, Dave is very easy to work with and great to have around. He always speaks his mind as a senior team member, but always in a very balanced and consultative way. He’s also good fun and people enjoy being around him, which is crucial for a management team member.
– Pete Hendrick, MD at Octopus Group (Publicis Groupe UK)