• New Rant? What Do You Do When Your Job Is Uninspiring? >>

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    Felix finally returns, lazy bastard, but he’s asking questions, offering up advice and looking for even more in return. Read all about it in the new rant.

  • Rocky Mountain News Closing Friday

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    The Rocky Mountain News will publish its last edition Friday. Owner E.W. Scripps Co. announced on the newspaper’s website today that its search for a buyer for the paper was unsuccessful.

    “Today the Rocky Mountain News, long the leading voice in Denver, becomes a victim of changing times in our industry and huge economic challenges,” Scripps CEO Rich Boehne said.

    Scripps said the paper lost $16 million last year. The paper’s 230 editorial employees will be paid through April 28.

    Times are shite for papers and we feel bad for the hundreds of people who will be out of work, but was Denver honestly ever big enough to be a two-paper town?

    Read more on the story.

  • STEPP: "Dragons" and "Ravens" Via Cactus Advertising

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    We caught one of these spots last night and it definitely made us stop and perk up. The new campaign, created by Denver-based advertising agency Cactus, is for the State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership (STEPP), encouraging parents to stop exposing their little ones to secondhand smoke.

    “We worked with the production company BUCK to bring the spots to life through 3D animation,” said Norm Shearer, Cactus creative director and partner. “We loved their decidedly dark interpretation of our dragons and ravens concept to symbolize the startling dangers of secondhand smoke. Their work very much produced the effect we were looking to achieve.”

    Our only nit? The voice-over talent is soft and too “nice,” taking the dark edge off the spots and making us take the message less seriously. Need to do a director’s cut with a gravely man’s voice to see the difference it would make.

    Agency: Cactus
    Strategic Director: Joe Conrad
    Creative Director: Norm Shearer
    Account Director: Amy Taylor
    Associate Creative Director/Art Director: Jeff Strahl
    Associate Creative Director/ Copywriter: Brian Watson
    Copywriter: Jim Morrissey

  • Greg Rutter's Definitive List

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  • The CARE Tweet-a-thon

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    Ignite Social Media out of North Carolina has just launched a new campaign, with Denver advertising agency Pure promoting it, that features the first-ever sponsored Tweet-a-thon—an online Twitter community campaign. The campaign is sponsored by National CineMedia’s (NCM) Fathom and was created to empower marginalized women and girls in the world’s poorest countries.

    During the four-day campaign, from March 2-5, each Tweet secures a 10 cent donation—up to 50,000 Tweets—from NCM Fathom to the global humanitarian organization CARE. To get in on it, include the hash tag #apowerfulnoise in your Tweets during those four days in early March to generate a donation.

  • Helping Denver/Boulder Suck Less: XYZ Graphics

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    In their own words, XYZ is an image creation company that collaborates with visual communication leaders worldwide to enhance their brands using state of the art creative technologies. In our words, these guys are killing it and you can absolutely find use for them on a daily basis.

    XYZ Graphics is a group of artists, producers and technicians with expertise in all parts of the print and web world—who can step into the process whenever you need them. What do they do? Very impressive CGI, photography and retouching work for the top agencies in the world (180, 72&sunny, BBDO, CP+B, Deutsch, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Saatchi & Saatchi, AKQA, Venables Bell & Partners, the list goes on and on)—as well as Colorado’s best shops.

    They also do that behind-the-scenes dirty work you’d likely love to hand off when you get too slammed, including project management, assembly and file prep, and asset management. Told you you’d find them useful. Find them on our list of Recommended Resources under Post Production when the need strikes.

  • Helping Denver Suck Less by Getting You Hired >>

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    Calling all unemployed people. This is your chance.

  • U.K. Marketers On The Recession

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    Take ten minutes out of your morning to watch this. Campaign magazine gathered a bunch of marketers and advertisers, gave them food and asked them about their predictions for the coming “crappy” year. Brand-building anyone?

    Guests included Phil Rumbol, UK marketing director of Cadbury, Will Harris, marketing director of Nokia UK, Ian Armstrong, manager of customer communications at Honda UK, David Radford, group marketing director of Liverpool Victoria.

    Via Brand Republic

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