Creatives from around the world share insights on working in their adopted countries and memories of home.


Matt Collier and Wayne Robinson

VP, Creative Directors, DDB Chicago
Originally from London, living in Chicago

Learning the language has been very challenging for us. For the first few weeks, we thought the place was full of alcoholics, when people announced they were “really pissed” in the morning. Or realizing that “reaching out to the client,” doesn’t actually mean physically touching them.

Life is still quite similar in a lot of ways. We’re still staring out of a window and thinking about ideas. Only the window here looks out at the water across Lake Michigan instead of a tramp rummaging through a bin in a Soho ally way. Sorry, Hobo rummaging through a trashcan.

Creative: GED Pep Talk Center, Dollar General Literacy Foundation