A friend of a friend of a friend of a friend heard a couple long-time Denver shops may be closing soon, including MilesBrand, Communique and maybe even Karsh\Hagan. We heard rumors ourselves about a few of those agencies. Anybody out there have more info than we do? We’re bummed to hear it, if so.
In a parking lot event, designed by advertising agency TDAADVERTISING & DESIGN to raise awareness for the opening of its client Pizza Inn’s 360th store in Denton, Texas, agency copywriter Joe Nafziger dressed as JoJo the Pizza Man and jumped fifty pizzas on a motorcycle. Why? “Because it just seemed ridiculous,” Nafziger says.
With approximately 120 in attendance, Nafziger, in JoJo costume, hopped a tiny, borrowed 110cc dirt bike, took one high-speed run, aborted at the last second, followed by a slow test roll up the ramp (“Evel and Robbie Knievel-style”)… then nailed the death-defying, fifteen-foot jump. Reportedly, asked afterward if her heart had been lodged in her throat, one spectator replied, “umm, ok, yeah.”
Although Nafziger, 29, has been riding motorcycles for 15 years, he had never before jumped until taking a practice run on the day before the staged event. Will he now be a regular crowd-pleaser at each new store opening? “There are no plans,” Nafziger states, “though of course, when a client asks, one always listens. But just so they know, that wheelie afterwards was totally by accident.”
The big-headed Pizza Inn mascot, with his parted, pencil-thin moustache, had been retired for nearly twenty years until his reintroduction this past August, part of a brand relaunch. For the jump only, his normal white apron was tucked in (as a safety precaution), and over the shoulders went a more daredevil-worthy black cape.
Ask a thousand people which agencies they admire most in Colorado, and TDA Advertising & Design will inevitably be on their list. The reasons are many. We caught up with Jonathan Schoenber, TDA’s Creative Director/Partner, to talk about those forces coming together in perfect synchronicity at his Boulder shop. Read it.
Another Mac spot has been released reacting to the new Microsoft campaign. Just as they were sort of faltering for content in the Apple spots, they’ve suddenly had a fire lit under their advertising via Microsoft’s campaign. This is getting really good now. Agency: TBWA Media Arts Labs, Playa del Rey.
AIGA Colorado presents Craftwork, a new social event based on the idea of getting together and making things with “off the clock” creative projects. Spend a night in the RiNo art district making custom magnets, viewing images of street art crew Magnet Mafia while listening to Matt of TMM spin some tunes. There will be eight work stations where you can learn to wheat paste, use type stencils, paint, layer art and create a 1’ x 1’ magnet you can take home. It’ll be an evening of fresh ideas and new inspiration.
When: Wed, Oct 22, 2008, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Where: Jeff Navarro Photography, 1330 Twenty-Seventh Street, Denver CO 80205 Cost: $5 for members and non-members RSVP:Here