That's a wrap: Gabberish Year One
I’ve always known the advertising industry to be full of funny, clever and compassionate people, and I’m so glad that in 2018 we’ve been able to build a platform that highlights this.
It’s been a big year for Gabberish, which came to fruition after last year’s agency Christmas party when I found myself pouring my insecure heart out to anyone who’d listen—and discovered almost everyone I spoke to was in the same rocky boat. I got to thinking, what if we could talk about some of this shit unaided by 10 glasses of champagne? And so Gabberish was born, very quickly evolving into a community of 80+ Gabberers from around the country (and many more readers!) who were willing to share their experiences and talents and empathy and humour.
It was great to be able to celebrate with the Melbourne contingent at Lamington Drive last week—thanks to you all, as well as those interstate Gabberers (hopefully we can get to you next year!), to our sponsors Esther Clerehan, AIRBAG, Sample Brew and The Jacky Winter Group, and to everyone who’s taken the time to read us. I’m off to have another kind of baby now, and will see you all in a few months.
Gabberish arrived in my life a couple of months before I joined Siobhan as its co-editor. My creative partner, Jim, had suggested we create a poster series for the second issue.
It had long frustrated me that our industry seemed unable to address the more damaging aspects of our work culture — it was a breath of fresh air to find funny, thoughtful content that openly talked to issues like rejection, awards fatigue and all other manner of emotional fallout from working in an ad world. So when the opportunity arose to join Siobhan on the Gabberish adventure, I didn’t think twice.
Fast forward six months and I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our contributors and readers alike. And proud to have had a hand in bringing this community together.
It was a joy to cap off the year with a personal thank you to our Melbourne contributors with a little shindig at Lamingon Drive. We are eternally grateful to our sponsors for making it happen, and to the broader creative community for welcoming us with open arms.
Bring on 2019!