• 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.


  • This is 100% Pure Snow, Man!

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    Take a gander at an interesting new tourism spot from Utah. They’re pushing their snow, that is supposedly drier and more kick-ass than ours. Doubt it, haters. Still, the spot is miles and miles above the diaper filling that is currently representing our state.

    The spots are pretty funny, but oddly enough, it looks like a few have been pulled. Check out the link from the AdFreak article and see for yourself. The article discusses gay jokes and feces and more, so perhaps they got a bit too jiggy for Utah. If you know what we mean.

    If anyone knows anything about the ads being pulled, please let us know in the comment. Holler.

    (via Adfreak)

  • Open/Closed Sign Alternatives

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    This series of 9 mock, double-sided Open/Closed signs are great for the right kind of shop (ie. ours). Buy yours here.

  • The Fake New York Times Caper

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    According to the organizers, The Yes Men and the Anti-Advertising Agency, 1.2 million fake NY Times publications were printed on six presses and distributed to commuters nationwide last Wednesday. Inside the issue, there were stories that declare the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have come to end – among other dreamy, politically-charged answers to our nation’s problems that will never actually happen – at least in our lifetime anyway. If you want to suspend belief for a moment, read the online version of the fake NY Times here.

    New York Times Special Edition Video News Release – Nov. 12, 2008 from H Schweppes on Vimeo.

  • Crispin Porter + Bogusky Lands Zune

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    Apparently, the recent work for Microsoft’s Vista from CP+B is working – at least in the eyes of the client. As proof, Adrants is reporting Microsoft has just handed Crispin its $41 million Zune account. The work created for Zune by 72andSunny, along with others, has been visually stunning and certainly award-worthy. But it ain’t pushing Zune’s out Best Buy’s door. Between this and Vista, CP+B certainly has their hands full of tough assignments from Microsoft, trying to overcome shotty products with the glitter of great ad campaigns. More power to them. We’re excited to see more huge accounts floating Boulder’s way.

    Zune Arts : Los Corazones from Ondablog on Vimeo.

    Zune Masks from Matt on Vimeo.

  • What Happened to Rod Smith?

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    A new spot for BlackJack Pizza showed up in our inbox, right next to the Lillian Vernon catalog. It’s created by Tucson’s Dog Dog Boy advertising. In our humble Egotist opinion, it’s better than the old Rod Smith stuff, but is it as good as it could be?

    Now, BlackJack has a number of locations in Tucson, but following our current rant about Colorado businesses going elsewhere, it seems that a company started in Colorado might enjoy a Colorado agency?

    Additionally, we were wondering what the hell recommended copywriter talent Tom Van Ness is doing as the scientist on the left. So we asked him. Turns out the agency found him and the rest of his improv pals at Impulse Theater and asked them to send in audition tapes, thus landing roles in the new spot.

    Love it? Hate it? Think you could do better?

  • ADCD Student Show Tonight

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    The Art Directors Club of Denver is hosting the 2008 Student Show tonight. Details below. We’re not quite sure what’s going on in the image by Red Rocks Community College student Melissa Perkins, but let’s just say we’ll be tracking her down at the show to find out where the after-party be at.

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