Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Microsoft Surface, meet your most natural follower

SurfaceScapes Gameplay Session from Surfacescapes on Vimeo.

Couple observations.
The interface is really coming along (let's see if Apple can beat it today)
Of course the best application to date is the Dungeons and Dragons (perfect, they now have a market that just has to have it)
And is only seems obvious now.

Awww, so cute

Is it too late for Christmas ideas? BBDO, Toronto, Canada

Dr Pepper

Despite the idea of flashmobs (especially the unimaginative ones) being a relatively played out idea, who are they trying to target? Wall Street? Wall Street fan boys?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Smile Detection

Nice little visual twist, just enough to get you to smile. Oh, you'll have to pardon the pun, it was unintentional. RMG Connect, New Delhi, India

Yale Sings!? WTF?

A bit campy and low budget. There you have the pros. I'll even throw in the "At least it's Original." I would have to say, the first half of it is pretty much vanilla, this makes Yale feel like every other college, if they would all sing. Not sure this works unless their target is for High School Musical fans that feel left out of the singing high school experience and really want it in their college life. It takes 10 minutes just to get to academics. It just makes it all seem trivial. Especially so by the time you get to the electric guitar in the art museum.

And yet, just can't look away,

Monday, January 25, 2010

Digital Kitchen, Digital Storytelling

ADCD is bringing the kitchen — 2 creatives from Digital Kitchen NYC, that is — to Denver. More details to come this week, but mark your calendars:

February 18th, 2010.
Get social with snacks and drinks from 6:30 to 7:30pm.
Presentation starts at 7:30pm
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design Auditorium

And in the meantime, check out this "making of" movie for the TrueBlood opener.

True Blood Making of and Featurette from DIGITALKITCHEN on Vimeo.

Alfa Romeo

When you have an brand one can aspire to, you can really romance the audience. Hard to see this happen with, say, a Prius.

Process Magazine is Putting More Focus on Denver

Process, for those of you who don't know is one of those wonderful magazines that keep you in the loop of what is happening in the creative industry. They cover the southwest region of the US and is becoming more involved through out Denver. Highly recommend checking them out or grabbing a subscription.
Designed to inform and inspire with its eye-catching visuals and compelling articles, Process Magazine is all about the people, places and trends that are driving today's creative communities. From interesting personality profiles to in-depth features on everything from public relations to print, industry professionals will get the latest scoop on what's going on with every issue. For a look at the latest issue of Process Magazine, check out and sign up for a free copy by emailing

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Upgrade To Digital, Boulder Digital Works

Our friends at Boulder Digital Works are offering a sweet deal to ADCD Members.
4 seats will be available free of charge to Upgrade To Digital, a workshop scheduled January 27-29 that's led by agency juggernauts, Crispin, Porter + Bogusky and Modernista.

These four seats are up for grabs to the 4 members who sign up first. They will be available by Sunday.

Any member can use the link below to register and enter the code 'ADCD' to waive the workshop charge. Also let ADCD know via e-mail that you've registered so we may contact BDW.

Thanks. It'll be a great learning experience.

Creating Buzz for Digital Kitchen

Yes, that's a transparent title. We here at ADCD are very excited to invite you to an evening with Digital Kitchen's Rama Allen and Bryce Wymer from DK's NYC office (details below).

But the title also refers to the two word creative brief that HBO handed the agency: regarding the second season of True Blood, HBO's request was simply to "create buzz." Teaming up with world-class brands, Digital Kitchen produced the banners above among others, as well as a few viral videos you can see here.

Digital Kitchen has produced trailers and titles for Six Feet Under, True Blood, Dexter, Nip and Tuck, and Shark Week, to name a few.

Come hear them speak about their creative process, serendipity, making mistakes, embracing failure and the democratic creative process in a studio with a vast array of skill sets creating top of the industry work.

February 18th, 2010.
Get social with snacks and drinks from 6:30 to 7:30pm.
Presentation starts at 7:30pm
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design Auditorium

Fresh Air

A little tongue-in-cheek and probably not all that effective (aside from the pictures they have of people trying it out) but the idea is fresh. Wirz BBDO Network, Zurich, Switzerland

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Just love this idea and the work from Mercado Negro (meaning Black Market in spanish) out in LA. Hit the link for more pics.

Best of One Show on Thursday

Saw some really great commercials at the One Show on Thursday but this was one that slipped by our radar in the last year. A Comcast's faster, faster concept that never hit our region. Great extension of an idea with fantastic animation.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Local Talent - Ray Rushing Photography

Ray Rushing has an eye for the sublime and a talent for producing lush imagery.
In his own words:
"Photography is my profession and my passion. I can’t imagine having a better job. It truly is a blessing to do something you love everyday and actually get paid for it. Pretty cool. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories."

Check out his work and give him a call.

AIGA Heart Art Call for Entries

From our friends @ AIGA, a wonderful event and a great way to help out in the community. Click the link to get more info.
Artwork Deadline:
Wed, Feruary. 3, 2010

Denver Art Drop-Off Location:
Design & Image
930 Inca Street
Denver, CO 80204

Boulder Art Drop-Off Location:
3055 Center Green Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301-2251

And don't forget to register to attend Heart Art 2010!
Event Date:
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

Event Admission Cost:
$20 online registration
$25 at the door

You Eat Crap

Fictional work that really makes you wonder what are you eating? Then again, you know, don't you.

A Little Motivation Tuesday Morning

If you have been in this biz for long enough, you know it to be true. If you are new to the biz, hold it true. It takes more than classes or a knowledge of design to be a designer, much more. Never rest on what you know now.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

ADCD Presents :: The One Show :: Thursday, Jan. 14th 6-9pm :: Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver

Presented by One Club Director Kevin Swanepoel.

The One Show is a tradition of recognizing true creative concepts across all media - print, TV, design and interactive advertising. An outstanding group of judges from all parts of the world spent hours and hours, long days into night, giving careful consideration to almost 17,000 individual entries. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Pencils awarded went to some of the top national and international brands, proving once again that good creative is good for business.

Join ADCD upon arrival and attend for free.

Members: Free
Non-members: $20
Student non members: $15

Alfa Romeo

This would be show stopping to see.

Computer hand work

Love the mix of computer and non-traditional technique that comes back together in this stop motion animation. Really pushes how you think about animation. Check out the workspace to get a feel for the hand-crafted-ness Benjamin Ducroz had to put into it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dirty Balls

So many dirty puns, so little, uncomfortable, time. Well within the brand though, and a very "dirty" pleasure.


Can't imagine why anyone would want to reflect the Never Hide Campaign from Ray-Ban, but here he is. In all his glory. Let's not say he didn't have the guts to go for it, but can't wait to see that when he is 80.


Arguably, one of the worlds most beloved brand launches a new site to share ideas, and along with it, this wonderful stop motion film. Nearly impossible not to like.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

History in 100 Objects

This looks interesting, at least to the part of me that really loves the story in those peices behind glass in museums. Besides, this was beautifully shot.

A Little Sound

These may not be the best ever but they are simple, clever and a really great thing to remember.

A decade of design

Good Magazine's Alissa Walker chronicles the last decade in design-related news.
Check it out here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Stop, watch this and wonder. All full CG Animation. Words fail to describe this beauty. Then, if you need proof, watch this.

Compositing Breakdown (T&S) from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Thanks Andrew.

Think Laterally and Take Chances

Or are you like the rest of us when thinking it has to be done a certain way. Follow Mother.

What Type are You

Just a little heavy handed and forced. However it is a really nice format in which to be self completive while discovering some wonderful type faces. Leave it to Pentagram to bring this duality to life in a most unexpected way. The password for the site is character.


Clever way to approach a somewhat taboo subject, can anyone tell me why these always seem to combine flesh color and script-y type? It almost didn't hve to say what it was for, the type and color speaks more for itself.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Best Album Covers of the Decade

In the age of single-track-iTunes-purchases, we have seemingly forgotten about the beauty, strangeness, and interest that album covers have long portrayed. Fortunately, these 25 artists have not.
Via Paste Magazine


Lucky from EB Hu on Vimeo.

Josie's Lalaland from EB Hu on Vimeo.

Beautiful animation with a lot of though put into it. Director and animator EB Hu. Simple, noble, compassionate, beautiful.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Missed this when we were away.

A little old at this point but really hard to ignore. Possibly even harder not to take away to spend some time in your childhood box.


Proof you do not have to spend a lot if you are clever. N=5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Monday, January 4, 2010

Amazing Digital Film Work

Becoming really hard to see the edges in reality isn't it?

Beautiful Feet

When your business is the type that doesn't really garner attention, make beautiful art and grab fore mentioned-attention.

Simple New Year Idea

Need a resolution, have one generated for you. Or maybe you should just resolve to think of these things first.