Well how about that! MacDonald Creative, or MDC as we call ourselves now, has just turned 5! Who’d have thought that from our humble beginnings, Rod and I would be working together 18 years later!
I met Rod in 1994 when I showed up as a fresh-out-of-school keener for an “info interview” at Robertson Pick Advertising, where he was working as the copywriter. Don’t laugh, but this photo pretty much says it all. Black suit, black sports car (brand-new-to-me Turbo Eagle Talon, oh yeah baby!), degree in hand. Apparently Rod liked me right away, so as soon as a junior position became available, he vouched for me, and low and behold, I had my first real job.
Years went by, I left to work in other companies and other industries, and Rod stayed on, working his way up internally to Creative Director until I showed up again in 2004 as Production Manager after the birth of my first child.
Rod and I always knew we’d work together again, so another child and another job later, we were both exploring new opportunities, so we met over Fish & Chips at Granville Island and sealed the deal to start our own creative services firm. Two days later, we had a registered business name. Two weeks later, we had work! Two months later, we had a recession (oh ya, Sept. 2008…great time to start a business!). Thankfully, we were engaged by a few clients who weren’t affected as badly by the recession and we made it through our first year.
Over the past five years, we’ve worked with many of Vancouver’s top real estate developers (Polygon, Delta Land, Concord Pacific, Led Mac, to name a few), with some other industries thrown in for variety.
It’s been a great partnership. Our costs remain low because we’re both minimalists and hire the best suppliers for each job and nothing more. We don’t have anything to fight about, because our skill sets aren’t duplicated, so we respect each other’s work and opinions.
Time flies when you’re having fun, and this past 5 years has flown by. Thanks to our clients, all our great supplier friends, and of course to you, Rod. We look forward to continuing to provide “Marketing, Design and Creative” for years to come!