Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Highlight Reel

Thanks to the One Club's Mary Warlick for her presentation to Denver of the 2007 pencil award winners. If you missed the show, here are only a few of the highlights, sure you can see these elsewhere, but in the same place? Enjoy the clickless video highlights.

One Show Winners Preview Tonight

Tonight, and it's free for members!

Where else can you be marveled by the really great TV commercial, certainly not the Super Bowl.

One Sheet of Paper

Check out this beautiful work for the contest, one sheet of paper over at the Hirshorn Modern Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Simplistic beauty, see more here.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

TCM almost Supports the Writers

Timely ad that strikes a little short of support, but reminds us that there are still great movies out there.

Shepard Places his Vote

Although, I am weary from all the campaigning, I would like to see more of this. Artist in support of a candidate, mostly because I like the point of view and the executions that may come. Then again, it doesn't tell you anything about who the candidate is, what they believe, and only promotes the popularity contest.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Fairy Tales

This is third installment of Disney showing Celebs in the classic Fairy Tales, Shot by Annie Leibovitz. The shots are immaculate,
the idea is fun, the result: stunning work for everyone to enjoy. Hit the link for more.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Chewing Gum

Beautiful crops, shots and insight. No need to explain the benefit. Event the shot makes me a little uncomfortable. The grocery Store is by far my favorite.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

on creativity

Today's food for thought: an often read, worth re-reading tutorial on being creative. 

A few of the important rules here and more in the full article:

  • "Ignore everybody

  • The idea doesn't have to be big. It just has to be yours

  • Everyone is creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

  • Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside"

More from Hugh MacLeod.

One Show call for Entries 2008

Any one else catch the link between the One Show, The Addys and our own local Denver 50...

Mainly how the creatives were all beaten up in each. The Call for Entries for the Addys and this promo, and the award book for the Denver 50? Maybe we are all just a little beaten down about now.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Beautiful Pop-Up Advertisement

Ok, this speaks to me, what I love about what I do, a beautiful pop up book design with the car in the center speaks to the designer in me. The wonderful message that is brought home in an unexpected way, just whispers sweet nothings in my marketer's ear. Bravo.

Giving Your Blood?

Another one of those One Show Winners that should show at the upcoming ADCD event (to which you can RSVP here).

This one comes literally from the heart, a rugby poster printed in blood from the players. Talk about viral (insert joke here) meaningful work.

How Much Power do we have?

I only ask this, as much as I do believe in our work, each and everything we far from reality could this be?

Armstrong and Miller VIA Gizmodo

Posters, only Posters

The shame of this, is there are only three of theses posters, and not an entire font or alphabet. The work comes from Bjorn Johansson’s Anatomy of a Typeface, a Triptych made for a gallery exhibition in 2005.

Come on, only 23 more letters to go, and it has been two years.

VIA NotCot

Outdoor for the Indoor

I really like the simplicity of these as they deliver a very core message. In addition, they found a way to write a tag that may actually mean something to the brand, in contrast to the thousands of brands that refuse to do so.

via IBIA

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Need Space

Love using the product to show the attributes.
And it may make you look twice.


It's How you Drink

The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand has a new ad campaign not directed at youths, but at adults. What is really great is the insight they use by comparing the youthful habits the more seasoned drinkers look down upon.

More of the work and links to the TV Via NOTCOT

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Why not just give it away...

They say it's 100% original, custom made; no clipart - all for $50.... what's next, the $50 ad? $50 annual report?

Anyone willing to cough up the $50 and publish what they get right here?

Layered Vinyl Art

Layered, Vinyl, Art. Will you ever look at it the same?



While I'm not interested in the message (although, that is why one would buy a bike) the guts it would take to allow your agency to cover the showroom model with notes and numbers from "chicks" to represent the magnetism of your purchase is mighty impressive.

Then again, is it really that far below the messages American advertisers use to get you but a product?

India's work via IBIA

Simple USB Camera

This is getting panned on the site in which we found it, but I would get it. It seems to be the perfect keychain item for the unexpected. It has a pinhole lens and a button, and while I'm sure the quality isn't great, the point would be to be surprised. Put me in for two when it comes out of vaporware.

VIA Gizmodo

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Communication Arts Gets a Facelift

If you haven't been over thre by now, head on over. Communications Arts has a cleaner, more friendly look to it.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Chat with the Designer of the Google Logo

Deceptively simple logo that had a lot of thought put into it.

A chat with the Designer of the Google Logo

Aids Awareness

I am a sucker for anything where the medium is the message. Nice work out of Brazil for World AIDS Day.

VIA I Believe in Advertising

Skittles, Treasure the Rainbow

Now, wasn't that fun. See more award winning work coming to Denver from the One Show. Once again, Mary Warlick is headed to our home town and she is bringing the best work in the world. Where else can you sit and enjoy the commercials without being looked down upon. RSVP here.

Friday, January 18, 2008

On printing: dead or alive...

Fight on, Steve Gutenberg, fight on.


We've been waiting, knowing that there had to be someone who has been working on something that would bring a great branding experience to everyoners favorite new toy, and after waiting, here it is. Seems like this will only lead to more and better work, and one more medium we all have to pay attention to.

New Creatives

Live Fast

Stunning work for Diesel out of Paris for a brand that can sometimes do some great work. Love the attention to detail and the insights.

Via I Believe in Advertising

Down Home Screen Printing

Check out the upcoming gathering in Belmar's Block 7 District at the Ink Lounge Gallery on Feb 2, The Decoder Ring Design Concern. Great art, food and lots of ink. Inspiration will abound.

See some more of Howdy's work here.

Details here.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Timely Rant

This couldn't be more appropriate with the timing of the writers strike. It also happens to serve well for the professionals out there, just replace the title of your profession every time he says writer, and I couldn't agree more, doing anything for free only serves to cheapen what we do.

Either way, enjoy this priceless rant from Harlan Ellison.

***Warning, he does use some familiar, yet strong language.***

Relax, There will always be a need.

There will always be a need for competent designers.

Can't Pass This Up

Ok, this isn't educational by any stretch of the imagination, but there is something here that may just reach out and touch the core of every person out there that has a creative spark inside them, or something to shoot rubber bands at. Either way, enjoy.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Power of 3

Check out this fun Video on YouTube. Essentially, 3 Graphic Designers recreate the storming the beaches scene from Saving Private Ryan. By themselves. Lot's of green screen, and post effects. Well worth the remix of Relax, and hang in there, a little confusing towards the start.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Looking for a few (anonymous) editors

The guys over at the Denver Egotist are holding an essay contest to decide who will be the next generation of Egotists. Can you write, do you think you have what it takes to keep up with Denver and make it suck less? Then head on over here, and throw your hat into the ring.

Your House

Wonderful use of die cut and space. Who doesn't want this.

"The subject of the book is Eliasson’s home in Hellerup, Denmark. Each page of the book has been laser-cut to reproduce a vertical cross-section of actual physical space of the house on a scale of 85:1 (so that each leaf corresponds to 2.2 centimeters of the actual house). The interior of the volume forms a sort of reverse to the traditional three-dimensional architectural model—a non-dimensional model formed of negative space—as well as an inverse to the traditional pop-up book."

Design Police

Hello friend, Design World got you down. A few too many widows, poor font choices, bad kerning keeping you from enjoying your day? Is the river running through the text keeping you from getting that much needed dose of the everyday? Then, take action, you too can join the Design Police, remind everyone that faux bold is a sin that wears on the weary bones of humanity. Reach out today, and make tomorrow a better day.

Design Police

Monday, January 14, 2008

Akupunkturpraxis: Pins

Nice use of Guerilla Posting, couldn't have taken much budget to produce or populate.

BBDO, Germany via I Believe in Advertising

High Speed Deconstructive Photography

Beautiful High Speed Shots from Martin Klimas out of Germany, has some other nice shots, but these were just too much to pass up. Some unexpected one of a kind work.

Martin Klimas

Sanyo Builds an Ark

A solar ark to be precise. Again, there seems to be a green kick in the air today.

Two thoughts, the best branding you can do is to give content as our friend Josh Spear would say. While he was talking digital, this is a great way to do it in the physical world. And second, why can't we get this type of eco friendly, sustainable energy here in the states?

Beauty and Function, can't think of anything that relates more to design.

Sanyo's Solar Ark


Ok, a little love to the lonely Art Directors out there. Nice simple ads that don't have copy. Gotta love the simple stuff.

Listerine Pocket Packs from JWT in Puerto Rico

Belkin's Conserve Powerstrip

I love this idea, and it is here for two reasons:

1) Being part of this business, we have a lot of electronic devices. Which suck up a lot of power even when they are off.
2) This is the best branding a company can have, an innovative product that fits into the mental space of the next generation of consumers (Green, as Brandweek calls it, one of advertising biggest trends in 2007)

The idea is great, a "light switch" for those power hungry devices that is not only smart, but would be a fun addition to your home that serves a a reminder that you do indeed effect your world.

Belkin Conserve Power Surge Protector VIA NOTCOT (for the Pics)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Tournament of Logos

Maybe Designers are just not competitive enough, or maybe most weren't jocks, paying too much attention to what things look like, or maybe we're just too busy doing new logos vrs locking them in a cage and having them battle to the death. Maybe I just wish I thought of this first...Tournament of hockey logos, Pros and Hockey Universe if you want to choose, both are here, get your votes in.

Friday, January 11, 2008

CSU's Poster Exhibit in this month's Communication Arts

If you've never made it to the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition over at CSU you are missing out on a wonderful experience. Some of the best designers in the world make it, including our own local Eric Boelts from Brain Bolts (Darfur Poster, which incidently was also featured in ADCD's 07 Award Show). Check out Communication Arts' Design Feature this month to see more.

The 15th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition

Paper Fashion Show Call For Entries 2008!!

If you'd like to be involved in a high-fashion runway show that's creative, fun, and benefits the creative community, now is your chance.

Deadline to sign up: February 1, 2008.

ADCD is now signing up teams to design paper fashion creations to be modeled in our runway show on March 20th, 2008.

What is the ADCD Paper Fashion Show? First Check this out:

Teams sign up to design fashions created from paper that's donated by our sponsors (who happen to produce the best & widest variety of papers available today). These fashions are then showcased at our grand runway show, and voted on by our panel of judges. The fashions are then put up for auction to raise money for the charitable recipient benefiting from the event.

Designs may be for men or women. Your designs will be showcased by runway models—you may provide your own model, or we can provide talent for you. We will also provide hair and make-up services for models if needed. The event will feature a social where attendees can mix & mingle; the highlight of the event being the runway show featuring local entertainment and your paper fashions being modeled and voted on by our panel of judges.

You may have as many people on your team as you wish - and there is no cost for participating. However, a maximum of 4 people per team will receive free admission, any additional team members receive the discounted ticket price of $10 (standard tickets are $25).

Final teams will be assigned the first week in February, so if you are interested in participating and creating a paper fashion, please email us at ASAP, and we'll get in touch with you to follow up and provide more details and direction.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Design in Denver

Thanks to the people over at Design Sponge and especially Jamie Kopke for creating it, here is the quintessential guide to buying well in Denver, including lists for home,gifts, fashion,unique, coffe and of coarse, Colfax. Looking for some good finds in Denver, stop here first.

Design Sponge

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Copy Rules

Smart ad from TBWA/Vancouver that reminds us, at the core, a good idea is also a simple one, via Brit Planner in the Rockies