• Audi Names AKQA its Digital Agency of Record

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    Denver's Factory Design Labs did very noble work for Audi. It's a hit for them and a hit for Denver that the account's moving out of town to AKQA in San Francisco. Let's replace it with bigger and better.

    AKQA has been named digital agency of record for Audi of America, according to the company. After a long review that began last summer, AKQA emerged victorious in a process that included as many as 18 shops – including incumbent digital agency, Denver-based independent Factory Design Labs – according to executives familiar with the process.

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  • Egypt's Rioting

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    In response to increasing civil unrest, the Egyptian government appears to have disabled almost all Internet connectivity with the rest of the world. The Internet's global routing table, which is used by Internet routers to determine where to send traffic, has had virtually every Egypt-bound route withdrawn, giving the Internet traffic no path either into or out of the country. This is nuts.

  • Denver Ad Club Gets New Name and Identity

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    Here's a quick note from Joe Conrad regarding the new name for the Ad Club – announced at The Fifty last night.

    "In November, the Board decided to change the name of the New Denver Ad Club (referred to as NDAC by most) to the Ad Club of Denver. I mean how long can you be new. And what about tradition? The first ad club in the country was founded in Denver 120 years ago (Denver Advertising Federation –1891 to 2004). Sure we took a few years off after the turn of the century, but I think the club earned a well-deserved vacation.

    The club was reborn and began again under the NDAC banner, thanks in very large part, to the efforts of Bob Taber, Steve Sander and some very feisty creative leaders. The moniker served us well and got the club off the ground. But like jettisoning the booster rocket from a spaceship, we acknowledge where the name got us and cast it off to float in the identity universe forever.

    The Ad Club of Denver needed an identity that would proudly represent the Club well into the future. Doing a new identity for any organization can be daunting task, but doing one for the Ad Club can be downright dangerous. So we turned to our friends in the design community to save us. The first firm on the top of our list was Vermilion Design. I called Bob Morehouse and not only did he take my call, he said yes without hesitation and agreed to have his team work on the identity project for free and to do it a break-neck speed. Like a good neighbor, Bob Morehouse was there. The Vermilion team presented dozens of logo options, type treatments and color palettes. And they refined the identity to hit the perfect resonance. We could not be happier with the result and the new identity for the Ad Club of Denver. Thank you Bob and your incredibly talented team for putting forth such a brilliant effort."

  • Winners of the 2010 Denver 50

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    Denver's creative community gathered to celebrate a year's worth of work at the 4th annual Denver 50 award show last night. Previously only a display, with no clear winners, this year's show brought some digital flavor with a 'text in your favorites' option to award a People's Choice at the end of the night. Creative shop Amelie prevailed with their crumpled billboard campaign for CDOT.

    A big presence by Cactus, Integer, Sukle, Karsh and other shops from the region offered a varied slice of traditional and digital work. The Exdo Event Center was the backdrop for the festivities, with big DJ beats and cocktails flowing. A well-attended after party at the Walnut Room went well into the night. We're definitely feeling the effects this morning.

    You can view all the winners here on the ad club's website or download a pdf of the winner's book here, courtesy of us.

  • Chinese Cartoon is Enough to Give you Nightmares

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    Regardless of what the disclaimer says, it is probably obvious even to those who don’t speak Chinese that this video makes repeated and explicit reference to real life events. The milk powder death, the fire, the illegal demolitions, the beating of protesters, the self-immolation, the “Tiger Gang” car accident, etc. are all references to real-life events that any Chinese viewer would be immediately and intimately familiar with.

    Of course, sarcastic animations and other web jokes about these incidents are common. What is not common is the end of the video, which depicts a rabbit rebellion where masses of rabbits storm the castle of the tigers and eat them alive. For viewers who have already gathered that in this picture, rabbits represent ordinary Chinese people and the tigers represent the government/the powerful, this is a revolutionary–literally–statement. The clip ends with what seems almost like a call to arms for the new year, with Kuang Kuang saying it will be a meaningful (有意义, could also be translated as “important”) year and then the end title reading: “The year of the rabbit has come. Even rabbits bite when they’re pushed.”


  • Graphic USA: An Alternative Guidebook

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    Graphic USA: An Alternative Guide To 25 US Cities is a guidebook with a difference. Rather than being put together by journalists and specialist researchers, the suggestions of where to go and what to see in each of the 25 cities covered in the book are provided by an image maker who lives there, who also illustrates his or her city's chapter.

    Surprisingly, Denver is actually included as a featured city. The chapter is by illustrator and designer Gwenda Kaczor.

  • 2011 Alien Invader Calendar

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    Made by Colorado Springs designer/illustrator Amy TerKeurst, this Space Invader inspired-calendar lets you conquer the game as the year progresses. Knock them out with a Sharpie as each day passes. Available for $7 on Etsy.


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