• Sign of the Apocalypse #14 - Tournament Logo-ing

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    Holy crap, take a look at this. Our newest intern, Kevin, got his wall hit up from a friend of his named Larry while they were both updating their status on Facebook. Anyhoo, seems that LogoTournament.com stages a logo contest for your company for the low, low starting price of $350. Check out a few of the contests here and here.

    Turns out the logos submitted aren’t all terrible, like you’d think. So the question arises – What the hell is Kevin doing on Facebook all day? And, of course, is this the work of the devil? Or is it a way for companies to get a polished logo, and for designers to work on their logo chops?

  • Wha?

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    We’re not big fans of snakes. We dated a Goth chick in junior college and it ended badly. Still, we would never wish this upon any creature. Incredibly disturbing print for Black & Decker lawn mowers out of Ogilvy & Mather, Bangkok. Maybe it’s a cultural thing, but we prefer to use our mowers to cut grass and pick up dog poop.

    (Via I Believe In Advertising)

  • The Killers: Human (Live MTV European Music Awards 2008)

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    Truly stunning set design. And the song ain’t too shabby either. Hoping these guys get back to their roots on their next album.

    The Killers – Human (live MTV EMA 2008) from child prodigy on Vimeo.

  • The Joy of Destruction vs. The Shame of Destruction

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    We found it interesting to compare these two ads for two obviously separate target audiences. The first, for Playstation III, demonstrates the joy of blowing shit up through their product. The second, for Greenpeace, is meant to make you feel bad for destroying the earth. Similar visuals, way different takeaways. Is it a generational thing for some to think it’s cool to destroy the earth and others to think it will lead to our eventual demise?

  • He Loves a Fat Girl

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    It’s not about age. It’s not about race. It’s not about gender. It’s not about genre. It’s about size. It’s about weight. And how big women really are great.

  • How About A Little Good News?

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    The Davey’s, an award show for small firms with big ideas, picked a local agency for one of its Best of Show awards.

    Rabble Rouser did some great integrated work for Weber Grills.

    So while we lament the economy, the loss of account to out-of-state agencies, and the general malaise that has become the creative mood, remember there is still good work being done in this town. And it is getting recognized.

    Congrats to the folks at Rabble Rouser.

  • Visit Denver, But Please Ignore That Horrific Logo

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    There are industries that never seem to “get” good advertising. Used car dealers are one. Dentists are on the list. Plumbers. But topping the list every, single time – especially when you study the marketing budget they’ve got compared to all those other industries combined – is government.

    To the long-running list of government atrocities, we now add the new mark for the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Following a trend that’s spread through states across the nation of renaming this division of government, Denver’s first step was to pare down the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau moniker to, simply, “Visit Denver (The Convention & Visitors Bureau).” The second half (in parens) will be dropped as people get used to the new name. We’re okay with the name. It’s a clear call-to-action. Fine. Whatever.

    But we do take issue with the accompanying logo. Where’s the finesse in this thing? It’s as if they attached a plate to the back of some big-booty mama, slapped some red paint on, had her slam that thang down onto a page of notebook paper and called it done. Anyone see Denver flipping them off in those buildings in the middle? That’s a no-no for us, as well – considering the message is to welcome visitors, not offend them.

    Chalk it up to focus groups. Blame the clogged government marketing pipeline. Accuse the agency responsible. But don’t forget to shed a tear for this logo that’s out there in the world representing, for EVERYONE, the place we hold dear.

  • Pepsi Ditches BBDO

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    Brandweek is reporting that, after a tumultuous but ultimately respectable 48 years together, Pepsi and BBDO have decided to call it quits.

    Pepsi’s relationship with new lead agency TBWA\C\D will be punctuated by work surrounding the brand’s latest $1.2 billion overhaul that rolled into our consciousness this past October.

    Thoughts?

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