Jung von Matt Stockholm is part of the independent partner network Jung von Matt Group, founded in Hamburg in 1991. Today we have 28 offices in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Hungary and China. Since we are spread all over the world, Jung von Matt offers exchange programs for our employees to more efficiently spread all the knowledge available within the network. So for one month, we have had the pleasure of having Pia Mader, an Art Director from Hamburg, here with us in Stockholm.
Pia is one of the brains behind many successful campaigns such as the latest viral campaign for Edeka, the largest supermarket chain in Germany. In the campaign, one Edeka store in Hamburg removed all foreign-made products from the shelves and replaced them with signs bearing anti-xenophobia slogans to make a point about racism and diversity.
Pia is an ambitious and quality-focused team player (and adventurer!) who has been very appreciated by everyone at the agency. No matter the task, she has accepted the challenges and managed them with the highest dedication. We will definitely miss her awesomeness!
Here’s a text from her about her time in Stockholm. Over to you, Pia.
“Since I've been working as an Art Director at Jung von Matt Alster in Hamburg for over four years now, I thought a little change would be nice. I knew that some employees from Hamburg did an exchange to our office in China, but then I met Johan Jäger (Creative Director at JvM Stockholm) at our agency skiing trip. After a Swiss fondue dinner, with too much cherry brandy, he was holding a spontaneous speech and I thought: Why not Sweden?!
So here I am. And I love it! Since Stockholm has a huge problem with offering enough living spaces, I am staying in my van. But that’s just a side story…
I got a really warm welcome when I came here. I thought I would have a slow start since Jung von Matt Stockholm just got back from their summer break. But I was wrong. We went straight to work which was very nice because I felt needed and already as a valued part of the team.
We had shootings and went to production companies for gradings and other things. In the first week, I had already been to three different production companies. They all had nice offices and a lot of candy. So I don’t complain. :)
The Stockholm agency is small compared to the ones in Hamburg, but I think that is a good thing. For me, it was a new experience because normally I am used to big meetings and a lot of people working on one project where you sometimes just get to do a tiny part. Here, you are more involved in the whole process. You get the chance to decide more and learn from the process. Additionally, you grow more together as a team and work closely with other departments, as planning for example.
In my free time, I tried to see as much from Stockholm and its surrounding nature as possible. And there is so much beautiful nature so no time to get bored.
But my favorite thing about Sweden is FIKA! A little coffee break in the afternoon paired with something sweet. In most cases containing a lot of cinnamon and butter. But when you work hard the body needs sugar, that’s what every grandmother would say.
So in a few moments, I will enjoy my last fika here. I am very sad to go home but I am leaving with a smile and full of nice memories and new impressions.
Tusen tack! Pia"