Felix tackles this touchy and complex issue in his rant this week, offering some of the key reasons for our decision. There are many others. Read some concrete thinking we absolutely share in the rant.
We stumbled upon this compilation video of a bunch of lucky individuals. It’s sort of like a Michael Bay viral video…except directed a little better. No offense, Mr. Bay. Watch it and see if you believe in fate.
There’s an intense and thoroughly thought-provoking interview with Kalle Lasn in the latest issue of Archive Magazine that we highly recommend picking up. Lasn is one of the founders of the Vancouver-based not-for-profit, anti-consumerist Adbusters Media Foundation.
Among explaining what subvertising is and how he plans to dismount the mighty Nike with his own sneaker brand, Lasn goes into a run-down of how advertising is responsible for many of the woes in the world today. A quote from the interview follows.
“[Advertising] just got massively out of hand at a time when we’re experiencing climate change, at a time when we’re experiencing mental dysfunction, and at a time that we’re in a war against terror. We’ve got three big things wrong with our global situation right now. One is that we’re using up too much energy. We’re consuming too much. And secondly, we’re in an epidemic of mental illness: mood disorders, anxiety attacks, and depressions are going up exponentially. The World Health Organization is warning us that, in a few years, mental disease is going to be bigger than heart disease. And then we’re in this never-ending war against terror, which is partly fueled by the fact that there’s such a huge gap between the rich and the poor people of the world. And advertising has something to do with all those three things. If we, the rich one billion people on the planet, are already consuming too much, then why do we need a five-hundred-billion-dollar-a-year industry telling us every day, three thousand times a day, to consumer even more? It’s oxymoronic. There’s something crazy about that kind of an industry. I predict that the advertising industry will collapse down to something much more like a bread-and-butter kind of industry over the next ten years. Right now, it’s five hundred billion dollars a year. I think that in the year 2010 it’s only going to start going down; after going up for a hundred years, it’s now reached a kind of rupture point.”
You might be using a program like Creative Manager or Basecamp for estimating your web jobs. Then again, if you’re an individual or small company, you might find the Web Development Project Estimator developed by Madison, Wisconsin studio, Astuteo, all you’d ever need.
The Web Development Project Estimator is a simple tool that allows web designers and site developers to quickly and thoroughly estimate the time and materials required for a proposed web project. Sweet stuff, Astuteo. Thank you.
We don’t wish any ill-will on local jeweler, Shane Co., who has just filed for bankruptcy. No, actually, we do. Their grating, nasaly radio spots have polluted Denver’s drive-time commercial breaks since we were yeah-high to Mama Egotist’s knee. Go away now, Tom Shane, and leave us to enjoy a little more Big Mike Naughton Ford in the space you’ve left behind.
We’re having a hard time wrapping our collective brains around the exact strategy behind the shotgun blast campaign(s) for Microsoft – between the work by CP+B and now this work from JWT. Are they just hoping to strike gold with one of these campaigns and one of these agencies they keep throwing into the wind? Or are they trying to numb us into submission and the belief that MS is superior.
From AgencySpy, here are two new spots from Microsoft. The first is part of a new campaign in which they use CMO’s from various large companies to tout the bennies of MS. Coca-Cola North America’s CMO Katie Bayne is featured below.
And here’s another gem they unearthed (not sure who’s responsible) for Microsoft’s Songsmith program featuring an effeminate father and his ditzy daughter. Genius.
From our friend James over at Marketing Punk, come these fantastic photos he shot in Frankfurt airport demonstrating the importance of assessing your creative from every angle when it’s hanging in its environment. From one perspective, it looks like the German airport authorities have hung fingernail clipper-carrying terrorist perpetrators from the rafters:
When you get closer, you see the banners are actually for a newspaper. But only from the low, close-up angle can you understand what’s being communicated. Great stuff:
Another #@*!ing Colorado client has crossed outside our borders. Fallon, Minneapolis (who appears to be on the rebound of late), has been named creative and media agency of record for Golden-based Boston Market.
Fallon was awarded the marketing account, estimated to be worth $30 million, after a pitch against several agencies including Zimmerman and independent Marc USA. Denver-based agency CCT was the incumbent shop for creative work.
Cactus Appoints Chief Operating Officer
Cactus has appointed Michael Martelon as the agency’s chief operating officer to manage its rapidly increasing business operations.
Martelon, a Denver native, comes to Cactus with more than 20 years of advertising and consulting experience in Boston and New York for clients including the Islands Of The Bahamas, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and MacWorld Conference & Expo.
LeeReedy SEO Director in The NY Times
Perusing The New York Times online over the weekend, we spotted an interview with Nick Yorchak, LeeReedy’s online marketing guru. The piece was featured in Fresh Starts, a monthly column about emerging jobs and job trends.
Denver’s Turner PR Lands New Accounts
Turner PR has acquired three large, new accounts of late. Oil Nut Bay, Biras Creek Resort, located in the British Virgin Islands, is the premier development in the Caribbean. Howe is a premium men’s sportswear brand out of LA. DGL Products is a fun lip product that touches beauty, outdoor and corporate markets.
The Visual Art of Mark Mothersbaugh: Andenken Gallery
FROMTHEPRESSRELEASE: Mark Mothersbaugh is best known for his co-creation and vocals for the legendary band DEVO. During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years; a very obsessive habit which still yields anywhere from 1 to 25 new images per day. These cards were originally created as his personal diaries, and were never intended for public viewing. That all changed when Mark decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed solo shows during the 80’s & 90’s, and then with his gallery tour in 2003 titled HOMEFRONTINVASION! This marked the beginning of many solo shows to come.
Andenken Gallery is pleased to announce an evening with Mark’s Postcard Diaries on January 16, 2009. The show will feature high-resolution, limited edition prints of his postcard illustrations. Opening reception begins at 7:00 PM and will feature a live performance and DJing by Magic Cyclops. More info here.
Call for Entries: ADCD Paper Fashion Design Teams
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: Friday, February 6, 2009. What is the ADCD Paper Fashion Show? Teams sign up to design fashions created from paper which is donated by the club’s sponsors. These fashions are then showcased at the grand runway show, and voted on by a panel of judges. The fashions are then put up for auction to raise money for the charitable recipient benefiting from the event. A video of last year’s show is below. For more info, email info[at]adcdpaperfashion.com.