New Home, Fresh Start

When we first started Blak Labs back in 2010, we couldn’t afford an office. Our workspaces were coffee shops in Dempsey and dining tables in our homes.

We didn’t know what the future would hold, or if we would be in business long enough to have our own address. So our first business card just featured mobile and email.

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As luck would have it, things started to happen for Blak Labs. Clients took a chance on us. From Maybank to PayPal, we picked up projects and started growing the team. We needed somewhere central to meet and were lucky that a mate had some desks free – which we willingly borrowed.

And while they were at the top of three flights of stairs, those desks and facilities were invaluable until we needed space of our own.

Finding the right place for your gang can be tricky. Especially when each place on property sites can be so misleading.

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What one person likes, another finds inconvenient. And what pictures online fail to show is actual size and usability. When we eventually found Pahang Street near Arab Street, we all agreed it was a space to try. Simple – wood floors, shophouse location, an upstairs unit with a mezzanine floor, tiny kitchen and a single loo. It was perfect – a space we could all live with. Until we outgrew it once more.

IMG_7358Our next space on North Bridge Road was twice as big. Two shophouse upper levels side by side. Meeting rooms, a pantry and dining area. Chill spots and workbenches. Plenty of room for growth. Until we were almost sitting on each other.

Luckily for us, the partners had put a deposit on two adjacent units at a new development. We’ve invested in comfort and utility. There is still room for growth. And experimentation.IMG_7366

How will we perform in this new space? Will it be filled with ground-breaking ideas? Will clients be clamouring to come through the front door? Will they like the vibe?IMG_7364

Only time will tell! #06-76, a new chapter begins

A tale of two sisters

It’s fast approaching Chinese New Year in Asia.
Here’s a short film by Maybank Singapore about families coming together for the season.
Red packets are monetary gifts (in little red envelopes) that are handed out during special occasions like Chinese New Year. It is usually given, in a ceremony, by an elder member of the family to the younger (from parents to children).
The story: Two sisters born into financial hardship created a make-believe red packet ceremony to escape their reality. But eventually, one sister’s ambition and hunger for a better life tore them apart. This short film was written for Maybank, Malaysia’s largest bank and the 4th largest in Southeast Asia, as part of their online content to reinforce their brand positioning – Humanising Financial Services.
Maybank Conversation
Client: Maybank Singapore
Agency: Blak Labs
Director: Caleb Huang
Production House: Smallshop Communications