Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Hello Spends a Night at the Museum

Friday, July 22nd, 2011


To kick things off with our newest client, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Hello was invited to take an early tour of their new Dinosaur Hall. The hall’s collection of dinosaurs is amazing and we were excited to meet Thomas the T. Rex.




The Natural History Museum family also includes the Page Museum at the La Brea Tarpits that houses the world’s largest and most diverse collections of Late Pleistocene fossils. The NHM’s mission is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds and we can’t wait to collaborate with them.

David at PechaKucha Night for Little Tokyo Design Week

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Little Tokyo Design Week


Join us this Saturday as Hello’s CEO/Creative Director, David Lai takes part in Pecha Kucha night, a series of presentations given by 48 leading contemporary voices in design and architecture as part of Little Tokyo Design Week (LTDW).

PechaKucha Night

Pecha Kucha (meaning “chit chat” in Japanese) started off as an event for young designers to meet and share their work with the public, but has now become a massive celebration where hundreds of events take place in different cities around the world, like St. Petersburg to Nagoya to Leeds. The theme of this Saturday’s Pecha Kucha night is based on the idea of “Future City,” where presentations will focus on visionary cities and city life. We’re excited to hear from the great roundup of speakers, especially Hitoshi Abe, architect and chair of both LTDW and UCLA Architecture and Design.

Pecha Kucha Night starts at 8:00 pm this Saturday ( 7/16) at the JACCC Plaza in Little Tokyo – come by earlier for food trucks and music!

NeoCon: Working Together

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Today 70% of our time is spent working in groups. We collaborated with Herman Miller in concepting and directing “Working Together,” for NeoCon this year, a video that illustrates a day in the life in an office and how people work today.

Join Us at Dwell on Design

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

dwell on design 2011

Every year our friends at Dwell hold the largest design event on the west coast, Dwell on Design. We can’t wait to attend this year’s event and we invite you to join us on June 25th where Hello’s CEO/Creative Director, David Lai will be sharing tips and insight in a panel on designing playful spaces for modern homes. Read more on David’s panel in his interview with Dwell.

Dwell on Design, a three-day design event, is celebrating conceptual design and international talent this year with over 300 exhibitors. With home tours through both east and west LA to explore, presentations by industry experts and exhibitions that feature the latest modern design ideas, Dwell on Design is the event to “go big and find design.” For updates on the event, follow Dwell on Design. See you Saturday, June 25th!


Friday, June 10th, 2011


Earlier this week we were at the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design program’s RUMBLE event, where students, professors and alumni get together in celebration of the research, design work and conversations that took place in their program this year. This year’s focus was to disrupt and overcome obstacles in their field to find a new paradigm in architecture and urban design.

We also got to hang out with architect and chair of UCLA Architecture and Design, Hitoshi Abe.


Neil Denari walked us through his class project.




We liked the giant Ctrl + Z buttons, the savior hot keys.

WIRED: Disruptive by Design

Friday, May 6th, 2011


For the second year in a row, we were invited to attend the WIRED Business Conference sponsored by our parent company, MDC Partners. Disruptive by Design is a conference that gathers select companies and thought leaders, each known for innovation and a willingness to disrupt the status quo, for presentations and to engage in conversations around this year’s topics. Last year there was an excellent panel of speakers including Howard Schultz and Mark Pincus, so we were really looking forward to this year’s lineup of speakers.


We’re in good company. See if you can find Hello on the steps among all the MDC agencies.


It was great to see Bill Gates in person, the first speaker at the conference. He addressed the future of energy in solving problems on a greater scale and compared his interest in nuclear power to other options such as solar power.

Johnny Chung Lee, a key contributor to the development of the Xbox Kinect, presented a series of videos on how the Kinect’s system became an open source platform 10 days after its release for people to create their own developments, like printing 3D models of themselves and full body scanning. We’re excited to play with the Kinect camera and expand its capabilities as well.


Mick Mountz, founder of Kiva Systems, shared how robots think through a heat map of a warehouse powered by hundreds of autonomous mobile robots and sophisticated control software. We were most fascinated with how the Kiva Systems robots disrupted the traditional warehouse model of people handling the picking, receiving and shipping of products to having robots handle the system. The robots are smart and change the packaging system dynamically so the most popular items to be shipped move to the front of the line, while the less popular items migrate to the middle.


Chris Anderson talks with Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, about the new industrial revolution. Check out the 3D cardboard model Carl Bass made of Chris Anderson’s head.


Martha Stewart shared the future of media in tablets and what’s to come from her team in that space. We also enjoyed Martha’s advice to not go to jail.


We were pleased to see Salman Khan receive the MDC Humanitarian Award for $100,000 towards developing his nonprofit, the Khan Academy. We’re fascinated by how Salman Khan changed the ways kids learn with his YouTube tutorials. Watch his interview on Charlie Rose to learn more.

For those of you who are interested in watching the conference, you can access the videos here.

Bread, Butter, Cheese, Victory!

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

GCI 2011

Some of the Hello crew with Loafy.

Over the weekend we attended the Grilled Cheese Invitational (GCI) where Tillamook was the major sponsor again this year. GCI is the largest and craziest grilled cheese cook-off in the country, founded by Tim Walker, a dedicated grilled cheese lover from Los Angeles.

We spent the day hanging out with our friends from Tillamook, the Grilled Cheese Truck and Heidi Gibson from the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen while snacking on grilled cheese sammies. We also watched quirky chefs of all kinds furiously battle to make the best grilled cheese sandwich while others competed in cheese poetry and rap.

GCI 2011

Let the cook-off begin!

GCI 2011

Nice T-shirt.

GCI 2011

Check out that bread stack.

Sony Opens Newly Branded Store in LA

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Last Friday Sony opened a new store that provides a completely different experience from any of their former stores, centering on interactivity and modularity in their “open” themed space. As one of our clients, Sony’s new store is exciting news to us as they allow people to explore, test out and fully experience each product.

Our favorite attractions were the Cube home theater experience and displays of vinyl toys for testing out every single one of their cameras. Read more about the store and events on the Sony Style blog.

National Grilled Cheese Month

Monday, April 4th, 2011

National Grilled Cheese month

We kicked off National Grilled Cheese Month with our friends from Tillamook and The Grilled Cheese Truck in Beverly Hills for some delicious Tillamook Loaf Love melts. Nothing like hanging out with friends and eating some good quality cheese. Visit for recipes from The Grilled Cheese Truck and for Loaf Love Tour updates.

Japan Needs Help

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Hello has friends and family in Japan. Upon hearing the news on March 11th about the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, we’ve been actively seeking ways to effectively help the victims of the disaster. The earthquake triggered tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant that poses a serious threat for widespread radiation release. Currently reports indicate that over 10,000 people have lost their lives with thousands of people still missing and millions affected by the crisis.

japan needs help

Two of Japan’s most pressing needs are search and rescue teams and basic goods to care for people displaced by the disaster. Japanese social welfare organizations are providing displaced people with shelter, food, clean water and medical care for injuries. You can help by donating to charities that are providing these resources to the people in Japan.



LivingSocial’s current deal is $5 for a $10 donation to the American Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami fund. This deal ends in one day.


Google Crisis Response

This page is continually updated so users can read up on the latest news regarding the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. Google provides the latest information on resources for victims and ways to contribute to relief efforts.


World Vision

World Vision currently has an emergency response team on the ground in hard hit areas in Japan, providing water, blankets and other urgently needed supplies to survivors. Their ongoing efforts will focus on the unique needs of children, who are the most impacted.


American Red Cross

American Red Cross will support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.


Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban, an architectural firm in Japan, is building and deploying simple partitions for evacuees to take shelter in Tohoku, Japan where thousands of families are currently taking shelter in school gyms.



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