Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam launches The Dam Armada

Independent global ad agency Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam has launched its first independent digital product agency, called The Dam Armada.

Dam Armada: from left, Jordi Martinez, Leigh Hibell and Jesus Gollonet
Dam Armada: from left, Jordi Martinez, Leigh Hibell and Jesus Gollonet

The business unit will sit within W+K Amsterdam and comprises creative developers and designers who will develop digital products.

The unit will create digital apps and installations for existing W+K clients, as well as new clients, and will develop independent products to be sold for Android and Apple platforms.

The unit was created by Jordi Martinez, W+K creative technology director, who will lead the Dam Armada team.

Martinez said: "It’s about proactively developing digital opportunities for brands, working beyond the scope of the briefs we’re given. We are crafters, so we create unique, tailor-made, interactive experiences."

Lee Newman, managing director of W+K Amsterdam, said: "As an independent agency, we have the latitude to experiment and we try to foster a spirit of entrepreneurialism. The Dam Armada is a perfect example of it.

"This really is a different model and requires a different mindset. Rather than answering client briefs, the Dam Armada has the freedom to dream up digital ideas and the skill to bring them to life."

In January, W+K Amsterdam boosted its creative team by appointing seven new creatives.

Follow Sophie Maden on Twitter @Sophie_Maden


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