Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Best of 2010

According to Creativity, these are the top viewed and shared campaigns from this year. And guess what? #1 is the campaign created by the team coming to Casa Bonita in February - join us, won't you, for an evening of mirth, merriment, and inspiration!

Here's the link to register for the "Old Spice Guys" event.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Facebook vs. Twitter

Very interesting.

Business Card Design Inspiration

Much awesomeness here.

There are a couple cards in the list from Rethink in Canada. We had a judge from that shop for the ADCD Annual Show a couple years back.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ripcord Holiday Card - sometimes it pays to post

Denver agency, ripcord, has developed a Holiday card that crosses different media and leads to a wealth of sharing.

Recipients of the card are able to scan it with their QR reader, or simply head to the ripcord site for a link to the ripcord Facebook page, where they are invited to share a favorite holiday memory, gift, recipe or whatever. One lucky post will be rewarded with a $100 Visa Gift Card, just for participating.

Could you be the one? Follow the links and share some good times!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010


This Weekend: Saturday, December 11th from 3-7pm and Sunday, December 12th from 10am-6pm
Colorado Budokan - 3547 S. Monaco Pkwy. Denver, CO 80237 (In the Southmoor Park Shopping Center at Monaco and Hampden)

Contemporary Art, Award Winning Pottery, Embroidered items, Handcrafted Cards and Decorations, Artisan Jewelry, Hand Crocheted & Knitted wearables, Baked goods, Nutritional Supplements, Martial Arts Supplies, Sanbon Apparel, Gift Certificates, and Much More!

A portion of all sales benefit the CB Athlete Scholarship Fund.

Tonight :: 11th Annual Print Sale and Party at Matter

This Friday, December 10th at 8pm

MATTER Graphic Design - 2134 Market St, Denver, CO 80205

MATTER swings the doors open for the annual PrintSale and Party. New Products, prints, and a small ocean of mojitos. Major shit. Nothing smells better than ink, truth and typography. Denver's Fav DJs will kick it and HOT WHITE will play at MIDNIGHT. Catered by FoodieCall, Dessert by The Shoppe. Black Friday is overrated just like Justin Bieber; Save your money and shop local if you shop at all.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Student Show Correction!

CSU will be accepting entries until Dec. 10th, instead of Dec. 3rd. We repeat, more time to turn your work in! :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One Club - Best in Digital Ads from the Last Decade

The top 10 groundbreakers are here, along with interviews and back stories from the creative teams.

Brave and Depraved

New for Orangina.

Digital Death

For World AIDS Day (today) celebrities are "killing" their Twitter and Facebook accounts in order to raise money for real lives affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Stunning idea really.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Come one come all! The Art Directors Club of Denver is already bursting at the seams and ready to take on a whole new group of designers for the 7th Annual Paper Fashion Show.  Keep your eyes open for the Call for Entries, end of December - beginning of January.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)

DAVA has actively involved thousands of young people in free arts education since 1994, working toward a vision of community arts that includes youth in community cultural development. DAVA supports urban youth by providing free on-site art programs, creative opportunities, and art-based job training, as well as intergenerational outreach through Family Arts and Portable Art school programs.

Xpedx, once again has graciously offered to donate the paper supply to this year's paper fashion as well.  If you or your company are interested in donating to this amazing event, please email

In the mean time, make sure to sign up for ADCD's monthly newsletter, so you don't miss out on any of the upcoming events and information!

FAC @ Eye Candy was a rollicking good time

Thanks to Augie and the rest of the Eye Candy folks for graciously opening their shop to all the interested (and interesting) creative types who came down last Friday. We were treated to plenty of food and libations, giveaways and cool art. I love this Club!
And here's photos to go with it. Photos by Alex Polesovsky

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Afternoon Creative

Meet Eye Candy Graphics and Augart Design. They are a team of talented designers, printers, artists and fabricators, specialize in large format output and design with an innovative edge.

Their clients are set apart by designs, graphics and signage which range from crisp, clean and formal to zany, funky and mind-blowing (if that's your style). They have a very personal approach to problem-solving, and offer amazing customer service.
They also are opening up their facility to ADCD and AIGA's Friday Afternoon Creative on November 19th.

So come. Stop by. And enjoy some delicious digital stylings, oh there will be real food and drinks too. Along with a raffle for tickets to the Art Directors Club of Denver's 7th Annual Paper Fashion Show, a showcase of wearable art. (Have to be present to win!)

Eye Candy Graphics
2244 Broadway, Denver, CO 80205
Friday, November 19, 2010
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Holiday Art Show

Friday November 19 through Wednesday December 1st
At the Iris Gregg Studio and Gallery. Artwork makes the perfect gift, and you can find pieces for everyone on your list at this show.
Also check out the CAI website for info.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Treble Red in Denver has a new site

Nicely done. Take a look here.

Mercedes Benz Sculptures

Mercedes Benz has a new initiative for it's designers - sleeker, sexier, younger, inspired. Read the full story here @ Notcot and check out the amazing sculptures!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pictoplasma @ Parsons

via The Daily Heller:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proclaimed Illustration Week in New York City. As part of the festivities, Parsons The New School for Design will present Pictoplasma NYC, a conference celebrating the artistic creation of character design, on Saturday, November 13 from 3-10 p.m.

Featured will be lectures, panel discussions, and short film screenings that showcase the best in international character design and art. The conference will be held at Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York. Admission is free, but registration is requested via email to The conference was organized by Pictoplasma founders and curators Lars Denicke and Peter Thaler, and Steven Guarnaccia, chair of Illustration at Parsons.

Participants include Ice Age character designer Peter de Seve, who will discuss the process of creating iconic characters. In addition, Guarnaccia will moderate a panel discussion on how creative skills developed in art school can translate into work-life projects and careers, featuring animation director Aaron Stewart, artist Motomichi Nakamura, and ornamental painter Andy Kehoe. In addition, two members of the Australian design collective Rinzen, known for its video and audio remix project, RMX andNew York-based designer Craig Redman will be on hand.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Invisible Pop Up Store from Airwalk

Here's a cool way to utilize mobile and the trend of pop-up stores together. Anyone know if Legwork was involved with this one?
See more here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

OOOH, good stuff

Made of Meaner Stuff - by Fallon for Skoda. Watch it.

Friday, October 29, 2010

New work from Legwork for Sims

Sims - Steve Fisher Rider Collaboration from LEGWORK on Vimeo.

Sims Snowboards came to us to help tell the story of the 2010/2011 Steve Fisher pro-model, the story behind the graphic, and the process with Sims art director Gabe Re. We shot and directed the interviews and behind the scenes footage, cooked up some stop-motion animations and stiched it all together for this informational short. Pretty gnarly shred-stick if you ask us!
Check out Legwork here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

And the Winner is...

You are looking at the finalist of this years Brief.  From top to bottom:

First place - "Fill the Frame"
Andrew Castillo, Paul Babbel, Nikole Bigley, Jose Barrientos, John Lindmark, Kira Slaght, Daniel Wilber (not pictured) Margot Mcfaul, Shannon Middleton, Caylon Headrick, Danielle Alvarado

Mentor: Randall Erkelens, Creative Director, Section 45/Philosophy

Runner Up - "Connect the Dots"
Sam Vogel, Jennifer Johnson, Melissa Kelly, Danielle Speager, Jamie Sieb, Alana Sullivan

Mentor: Mike Herberger, Creative Director, Monigle Associates

Runner Up - "Tie-ing"
Courtney Conrad, Stephanie Corder, Corey Doney, Retta Draper, David Bourassa

Mentor: Jarrod Weaton, Sr. Art Director and Freelance Digital Artist

Congratulations to everyone to participated! If you would like to see more pictures from the event, please visit our Flickr page at

Kronenburg: Slow The Pace

This is a pretty cool idea - for it's latest campaign from BBH London, Kronenburg Beer is tapping different artists to re-work their iconic songs to fit into a slower paced format. The first of which is (a personal favorite) Motorhead doing Ace of Spades. The song is available for download here. Rock on.

Friday, October 22, 2010

A great way to kick off Halloween weekend

Annual TAXI Halloween Bash for you late night creatures

The kids trick-or-treat street will run from 5-7 and will be based in the TAXI2 common area with Fuel CafĂ© snacks, games, photo booth and more. Kids are encouraged to roam the halls of TAXI 2 where participating shops will have a pumpkin by the door to let the kids know it’s cool to stop there. In the meantime, TAXI1 will be transformed into a Nascar/Monster Truck/Dukes of Hazzard/Moonshine lovin’ den of trashiness!

The adult party will go from 11-???. Look for a dirt bike racing game on the big screen in Mersive and a genuine trailer park special in the Westphal studio. Our bartenders will have most of their teeth, and will be slangin’ moonshine and Granpappy’s cough syrup all night long. So bust out yer best Nascar racin’ outfit and get your motor runnin’!

Stay tuned to the TAXI Blog and Facebook pages for more info.

Also, be sure to take advantage of our great partnership with Metro Cab before and after the party.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Brief

The Brief is a student design competition simulating a late night at an ad agency.  A design brief will be developed by Jay Roth, a Sr. Copywriter and ADCD Chairman, for our beneficiary client DAVA, a local arts-education non-profit focused on serving underprivileged youth.  Intercollegiate teams of four students (a Senior, Juniors and a Sophomore or Freshman) will be directed by senior creatives from the local design and advertising community through three hours of pencil and paper concepting and digital execution culminating in a client presentation.

The Brief is open to Design and Advertising students at all levels. Each team will have minimum one laptop (not required to participate) but the focus will be on traditional concepting – thumbnail-sketches and mind-maps followed by digital roughs. In addition to receiving valuable real world experience, and networking opportunities with local Professionals and with each other, student winners will receive scholarship money.

To sign up for the event, please visit the Black Tie Link:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Windows Phone

Funny (and true) but how can a phone save us from our phone obsession?
Created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Banksy intro for The Simpsons

Bwah-ha-ha! Dark and gloomy and deliciously funny.

Adobe Museum of Digital Media

Created by Goodby, Silverstein and Unit9, the virtual museum was created to showcase all forms of digital media.
We think it's a pretty cool way to get energized and inspired.
Adobe Museum of Digital Media

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cheeto Fantastico

If this doesn't keep you throughly entertained for 2 minutes and 28 seconds, we don't know what will.  Cheeto Art to keep you Coco fans at ease until November 8.


I'm a huge fan of what 826 does nationally for kids, but an even bigger fan of their storefronts where all proceeds go to support local chapters. I just stumbled upon this site for a store based in Ann Arbor, MI and had to share. Robot Supply and Repair, indeed!

Want to help the Briefies out?

It's not too late to sponsor the extraordinary event, The Brief. On October 21st, students will be facing a design brief for our beneficiary client DAVA, a local arts-education non-profit focused on serving underprivileged youth.

ADCD is dedicated to helping our students and community. Partnering with us supports up and coming talent through real world experience, scholarships, and social networking.

Please contact Lindsay at for further information.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Virgin Atlantic

New spot for Virgin Atlantic by Traktor. Models set against a surreal backdrop, very enticing.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kafka on Ice

If you've been to Buntport Theater lately you know that they are trying to raise money in order to bring Kafka on Ice back to the stage.  Perhaps you've already donated to this cause.  If so, they thank you!  If you haven't donated or would like to ask friends and family to pitch in, here is the sob story:

In 2004 the production Kafka on Ice was created.  It was a success (the Westword wrote "It's safe to say that no one--anywhere--is doing theater like this.") and they always wanted to remount it.  However, several years later, a trailer containing all of their props, costumes, and synthetic ice was stolen.  Very sad.  Now in our Tenth Season in Denver, they are raising the money to bring Kafka back!  So far, they have managed to raise $9,428 of the $14,000.  For the month of October, you can donate on ChipIn through this link:

Anything will help, even $10.  After all, this is their tenth season...and it's the tenth month of 2010!  Help them get closer to their total goal!

Thank you so much for supporting original work in Denver! 

New Gap logo

Lot's of buzz around the re-styling of the Gap logo (most of it not so good). Through all the hub-bub, Gap is staying pretty quiet about the whole thing. Your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Beautiful Titles

Got this from Creativity. It is gorgeous and mesmerizing. Created by Nando Costa for Flash on the Beach using "macro motion photography and magnetic properties." Do you have any motion titles you'd like to share? Send them our way!

The Monetization of Twitter

Interesting insights from CEO Dick Costolo about advertising on Twitter.
via AdAge

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

AIGA Bordo Bello, Tonight!

Boards, Beers, and Artists. What more can you ask for?  Tonight, AIGA Colorado will be hosting Bordo Bello, a skateboard art charity fundraiser, in which all proceeds from the auction will fund their mentorship programs and other local non-profits.

Tickets are $20 dollars at the door and the event goes from 6 - 10 at Artwork Network, 9th and Santa Fe.  So come and enjoy the work of local and national artists. You could even end up walking away with a few raffle winnings..  See you there.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Scam Alert: Designers & Developers

Our firm was recently asked to design & develop a website for an NGO working in Africa for the relief of Malaria. They agreed to our terms: 50% advance, 50% prior to launch. They sent website content (text & photos) and payment in full including hosting/maintenance for a year, though it was not specified in our contract for payment in full in advance.

I was out of town but my admin deposited the advance (an overnight money order which in 4-days bounced). The client called the day the check arrived but I was unavailable. I'm assuming this was a typical Nigerian ploy to write-back a check for the 50% of funds that were mistakenly paid. No work had begun on the project and to date I have not heard back from them.

In the event you're next, here's their information. They found us through our website's form mail: Raymond Winston Grey: Email: Phone: 002348063810464

Monday, September 27, 2010

And the Winners are..

Bronze, Silver, and Gold are nice, but the 2010 Annual Show's Category Winners stole the show Friday night.  From Print, to Multimedia and Interactive Websites, these 15 designs deserve a round of applause.

Design Identity 
 Genesis, Inc.
"Meyer May House Logo"

Print Advertising 
Izze Beverage Company
"You'll Love What's Inside Campaign"

Design Broadcast 
Mrs. K
Best Buy
 "Best Buy IDs"

Ink Lounge
"2010 Calendars"

Interactive Website 
Izze Beverage Company

Design: 3-Dimensional
Wyoming Dept. of Health/Youth Science Prevention
 "Let it Out" Poster and Skateboard

Broadcast Advertising
!mpossible Pictures
Genghis Khan
"Genghis Khan"

Social Media
Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Printing Excellence 
Ink Lounge
"HOW Design Conference Denver"

Bryce Boyer Photography
Westward Magazine
"Pirate Signal"

Design Printed Materials
Studio JenVenn
University of Wyoming MFA Creative Writing Dept.

Design Poster
Denver Center Theatre Company
"New Season Campaign Posters"

Mixed Media Campaign
Genesis, Inc.

Public Service
Genesis, Inc. 
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
"Colorado Symphony Poster Series"

Self Promotion
Self Promotion

Wow, is it hot in here?

Hey there, we apologize for the lack of posting in the last week or so - it's been a tad busy here @ ADCD Headquarters, not to mention our day jobs! Anyone else keeping really busy out there? We'd love to hear about it. We will be posting award winners in the next day or so and we really appreciate your patience. The ADCD Team

Friday, September 24, 2010

ADCD Annual Show :: September 24, 6pm

Beautiful and compelling work. Commiserating and laughing and with friends in the industry. A gorgeous setting. Drinks, food and entertainment. It's all happening on September 24th. Please click on the link below and we will see you there. Thanks.
RSVP Here by September 20

Friday, September 17, 2010

Randall's Quest to See Denver's Best

Randall's Quest To See Denver's Best from Art Directors Club Denver on Vimeo.

Hee hee - this is fun! For Annual Award Show - get your tickets today!

Bigfoot @ Hurley

Cool show, Big foots Ominous Compositions from the Magic Mountains
Bay Area-based, nature-loving artist BIGFOOT has been a major influence in the skateboard industry for more than a decade. Despite his reclusive nature, Bigfoot has a very active presence in both the sports and art world, designing skateboard graphics and footwear. He has exhibited in galleries in the US and Japan, and in 2004 unveiled his first vinyl figure through Strangeco. His eponymous character and love of heavy metal – especially the masked rock group KISS – play a major role in his studio work, as well as his highly recognized street art. Pics via notcot