Friday, October 30, 2009

thanks aiga and 303

A shout out to our friends at AIGA and 303 for hosting the fall FAC. A nice turnout as many of us ended our microhibernations to venture out for some food, beverages, and good 'ol fashioned networking. Thanks everyone.

Next January, ADCD and AIGA's next FAC will take us up to the Republic of Boulder to hang out with the creative minds of Moxie Sozo. Watch your calendars, and we'll see you there.  

Best Letterpress

Letterpress is cool, yeah we know that. But it's really cool when it highlights type specifically and even better when the concept is clever. I'd vote this "Best use of medium." Simple, but smart.

The Etsy page where you can find it says it is sold out, probably due to the mention on Swissmiss (hat tip to you, miss).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Brief is SNOWED OUT!

The ADCD-sponsored Student Brief has been rescheduled for next Thursday, November 5th, due to horrendous weather.

Same time: 5:30 - 10pm

Same place: Auraria Campus, Tivoli room #640.

If you are a student currently registered and you can't make it next Thursday the 5th please contact Peter Regenold Bergman <> for a refund.

In the mean time, registration has been extended to the end of day next Tuesday. We still have room for more students so please sign up.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Who wins

Who wins the seasonal package competition here? Pepsi for bringing home the brand (and BooB) in their classic typography or Jones Soda bringing the brand in a highly tongue in cheek approach. The flavors may push tip the scales for me.

Amazing Work

Really amazing work that does a nice job misleading you then hits you with a hard hitting message. Great insight.

Jolly Good Licking

Stamps for the London 2012 Olympic Games. From Communication Arts.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Love it when you actually involve the audience. (Are we now considered a major media outlet now that we have picked this up?)

Try doing this

I like this for two reasons: 1: Makes a lot of sense for the product, only using a as a vowel works with the well known experience you get when playing and 2: That had to be a ton of work, not easy. Bonus: all copy is rarely used and rarely done well. Waiting for the english version.
This story was written in Spanish using only words containing the “A” vowel, and has no translation in English. The text tells a tale that make complete sense from beginning to end, and all the words used exist in the Spanish language. The tales is about Abraham and Sara. She is tired of their relationship because Abraham hurts her and is not a good lover, so she decides to kill him. To achieve it, Sara Summons Satan and he indicates how to find Baltasar, the man who will become her lover and will kill Abraham.

Ogilvy, Mexico

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What's a deadline?

During the cash-strapped civil war, prisons were too expensive to build. So boundary lines were drawn in the dirt in which captured soldiers ran the risk of being shot by guards if they dared cross them.

Deadlines have a different meaning today (obviously). Especially for students:

• Student Show entries are due at a drop off location no later than Oct. 26.

• Registration for our live-concepting contest The Brief is also Monday Oct. 26th


Oh so simple.

PS3 hits a Bravia

Because they can and because you will watch.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ambient Light!

Nocturne from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

This is the work of photographer Vincent Laforet, using a Canon 1D MKIV and no lighting, at night. Amazing camera and work. Read all about it and see the 1080p video on his blog.

Colorado Lottery Work out of Cactus

Saw this last night and was struck with how insightful and how unusual it was. More sharp ideas out of Cactus fo' sho.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pixar Ever-after

Is this, logo work, type, wrong. Probably but it is fun to watch. College humor live through the Pixar tragedy.

Type Makes it Better

Seems to me that type makes it all better, even if it is about drug usage world wide. See more of the work from Harry Pearce and Jason Ching. This shows Global prevalence estimates of injecting drug users and HIV among injecting users for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. More details on their site.

PechaKucha Night Denver, Vol. 7 Tonight!

PechaKucha means chitchat in Japanese. For you, that means a free night of seeing a whirlwind of artistic eye candy as a diverse group of local designers share 20 images of their work for 20 seconds apiece. Bruce Mau, DoubleButter, Charles Carpenter and cypher13 (seen above) were among July’s PechaKucha presenters.

The seventh edition of PechaKucha Denver kicks off Tuesday at 8:20 (doors open at 8:20) inside the Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street in Denver. There is a suggested donation of $5. has more details. Thanks to Buntport Theater Company, Tewell Warren Printing, Bhakti Chai, and ADCD for sponsoring. The event was also devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Looking to Promote Your New Product

How do you demonstrate a new product feature? Nikon's new camera has a projector built in, so someone thought why not strap it on dancers and have them get jiggy with it. Brilliant idea. Fun introduction to a fun product.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ukraine's Got Talent. And a lot of it.

This is a Promotion

Not that this could ever happen here, can you imagine a US record company allowing its artist to release work before someone bought it? Brilliant.

Birds in Flight

These photos of birds by Richard Barnes were taken over a two-year period in a suburb of Rome. They "beautifully highlight the tension between the individual and the collective. They also highlight a growing field of research studying how animals self-organize into moving bodies. The results may provide clues to questions ranging from how cells aggregate around a wound to how financial markets swing on the aggregate choices of individuals." Very cool. Check out more scientific photos here.

Google Accounts for 6% of All Internet Traffic

Chew on that bit of knowledge. NYT (we've got some work to do).

Amazing Building

Love this building, from afar the pixel look is fun but the wow, for me, happens when you get close and can really read the art. Nice juxtaposition of having to "zoom" in on the pixels to get the beauty. Frog Queen, or the Prisma Engineering Headquarters designed by SPLITTERWERK, Austria.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Love Fun-loving Work

More work from Tribal DDB, Stockholm, Sweden. They call it the Fun Theory. You can get people to do more as long as you make it fun. Seems like a simple diatribe I would like to see more people try, especially in our business.


The Ad-O-Matic from James Kiersted on Vimeo.

Feeling like a communist? The truth is, when truth be told, truth, maybe, hurts. Yep, the students out of the Miami Ad School already know the demons in marketplace, here's to being able to avoid them.

Students: Crash Courses!

We have a great lineup of after-school activities for Denver's up-and-coming creative community. Scroll through this blog to learn more about:

• Student Show (work due Oct. 20): Enter your best of the best of the best by Oct. 20 to show Denver what you're made of.
• Portfolio Seminar (Oct. 24): Spend a day getting ready for the real world with incredible seminars that can help you land that first job. 
• The Briefies (Oct. 29): Created and led by a senior leader at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, this live assignment gives students a live working session with creatives from the Front Range. 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tools for freelancers: What does it cost you to hang a shingle?

Before you can price a product or service, you need to know your costs to provide it. This CDB calculator is one tool to help you get a handle on those costs. But it's only as accurate as your inputs, which can be hard to estimate. Err on the high side, since unexpected things can catch up with you, and as you bill more, your expenses almost surely will increase. As high as totals from this calculator may look, experience will probably prove them low.

The calculator was designed by The National Press Photographer's Association, but a little creative thinking will make it a useful exercise for any freelance professional.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Students: The Briefies Oct. 29

Thursday, October 29th : 5:30 to 10pm
Metro State College of Denver: The Tivoli, Room #640: 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO

The Art Directors Club of Denver, in conjunction with Crispin Porter + Bogusky, The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, and Future Leaders of Design (Metro State's Communication Design Club), are hosting The Brief—a student concepting and design competition open to design and advertising students at all levels.

The Brief simulates a late night at an ad agency. 16 teams of 4 students (comprised of a Senior, Juniors and a Sophomore or Freshman from regional Colleges and Universities) will be directed by 8 Senior Creatives from the local Design and Advertising community through four hours of pencil and paper concepting and digital execution. The teams will respond to a creative brief written by CP+B Senior Cognitive Jamie Webb for the client Kendall Peterson,
The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Administrator. Each team will have minimum one laptop, but the focus will be on traditional concepting—thumbnail sketches and mind maps followed by a presentation of digital roughs.

In addition to receiving valuable real world experience, and networking opportunities with local art directors and with each other, student winners will receive scholarship money.

Cost: $20 ($15 group rate for 10 or more students registering on 1 credit card.)
Prizes: Registration fees will be pooled and awarded as scholarship money to the winners.

Pre-register by Monday October 26th at:>

We can only accommodate 64 students. First come, first serve.

To see information on last year's brief click here <> >

 Any questions can be directed to: Peter Regenold Bergman <>

Students: How to Land Your First Job Oct. 24

Portfolio Building for the New Professional: How to Land your First Job
Saturday, October 24th : 900 am - 4:00 pm (with 1 hour break for lunch)
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design : Triboro building #101 : 1600 Pierce St. Denver CO 80215
1 day - 6 hour seminar/ Non-credit
Are you fresh out of art school and have no idea how to land that first job or professionally present yourself at that first interview? Are you confident your portfolio is up to par with what the industry is looking for? Want a little help getting started? In partnership with the Art Directors Club of Denver (ADCD), this seminar is lead by working professionals in the industry and is designed to give you the heads up on what they are looking for in your
portfolio. They will also give you tips on how best to present yourself at an interview and even how to go about networking and lining up that interview.
We can only accommodate 20 students. First come first serve.

$66 - ADCD and AIGA Student member discount:
Register at:  <
24 >

$88 - General public:
Register at: <
24 >

Any questions can be directed to: Kimberly Carey Putnam <>

Student Show: Call For Entries

Colorado's premier student competition deadline is drawing near. If your work is GOOD, submit it to the Art Directors Club of Denver's Annual Student Show. If it's GREAT, you could be recognized as some of the leading creative talent in Colorado by our esteemed judging panel.

Randall Erkelens, Founder + Creative Director of Section 45 Advertising/Design
Stephanie Fay, Partner + Creative DIrector of Ripcord
Mindy Nies, CEO + Creative Director of Nies Design
Eric Nance, Director of Web Design at BigShotNow, Founder of Indie Arsenal and Principal at Epiphany Graphics

Entries due: Tuesday October 20th and Monday October 26th, 2009 (contact colleges for details)
Drop off locations: Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Kimberly Carey Putnam/Texas Building Information Desk

Metro State College of Denver
Peter Regenold Bergman
Admin. Building office 250G

Art Institute of Colorado
Delana Reilly
office 219

Mail entries to:
Kimberly Carey Putnam
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
1600 Pierce St.
Denver, CO 80214

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dark Pencil


New and Effective

Really strong campaign for something you might have thought was never going to get a truly new idea. They even have street support.

Colenso BBDO, Auckland, New Zealand

We need more of this

Yes, you me and the copywriter down the street. We need to be able to have ideas that are just more fun.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Unleaded Thinking

Your eye just caught these stark and beautiful posters for, a Nike-driven platform that matches human spirit vs. the horsepower of four-wheeled beasts. McKinney, Raleigh.

So Much Said

With oh so very little. Great idea. Imelda Ogilvy, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Nothing but Copy

But that's why they call it radio. Unique, fun and insightful look into what goes into some radio scripts. Unusual work out of DraftFCB, Paris, France.

Stop Motion Yarn

Nice low budget stop motion where art meets craft. Some of the frames are really intense when you consider the medium.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Local Illustration Talent - John Francis

John is a local illustrator excelling in technical, conceptual and cut-away illustration.
An artist who is very passionate and professional about his work, John is also easy to work with.
Look him up or send him a line.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Visual Bethoven's 5th

This is amazing, I want to see more. B's 5th represented visually and simply. Wonderful.

Never Gets old

Old content that never gets old. Oh, and keep the sound low, the designer is angry. NSFW.


Hang in there copywriters, this is for you.


Love the humor in the Domo illustration from Jason Freeny, you might remember the lego and the balloon animal anatomy.

The machines will have your job

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from tao chen on Vimeo.

Despite my own personal fears of being replaced by this, the technology is pretty amazing. Besides the retouching the app is doing is better than some.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Food for Inspiration or Belt Advertising

Some of the best ads on this not-often-used-medium. My favorites would have been home town kid's Sukle's work and the Phillips oh so thin work.

Your code isn't this good

This isn't traditional, it is coded flash. Now, ask yourself "How?", and then say out loud, "Wow!". And go experiment just like Erik Natzke. Beautiful work that is truly pushing what is possible.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pop Culture

Apple, you have just entered into the pop culture memory, how do we know this? Because your ads have been ripped off to educate children. You must be so proud.


Love this art. Highly technical, timely, and has a sense of humor, not to mention scale. The new work of artist Chen Wenling.

Beautiful Art

Mentos, yes that Mentos, has really stepped up their look and and advertising. Really love that all the shadows are off one light source. Someone really worked this art well.