• Nike's Taylor Momsen Viral

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    Here’s a fresh, new viral for Nike sports bras and shoes that features Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen leaving the gym and busting ninja-style to get away from paparazzi. Nike is not mentioned once in the piece, only hinted at visually.

    (Via Inquisitr)

  • Breaking News: Integer's Alan Koenke Leaving Denver

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    We just heard from a friend that Chief Creative Officer of Integer Denver, Alan Koenke, is heading to NYC to open The Integer Group office there. We noticed his name has been removed as President of the New Denver Ad Club and that Lorelle Burke’s name has replaced it. Hmm… big hole left up there at TIG, unless a replacement has already been named.

  • Smart Marketer of the Day: Cadillac

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    While it’s crappy news piled on a heap of crappy news these days for US automakers, Cadillac has coyly played a trump card to start the new year with a loud bang.

    Jumping on board what will certainly be the largest news/pop culture event of ’09, Cadillac has just unveiled the Obamamobile—set for its maiden voyage January 20th when Barack rides along Pennsylvania Avenue after his inauguration—with Cadillac’s emblem front and center in the parade. Its official call sign is Cadillac One, and it will travel with Obama wherever in the world he goes.

    Some of the Features:
    • Glass that withstands armor piercing bullets
    • Kevlar reinforced tires
    • Hermetically-sealed interior to withstand chemical weapons
    • Bottles of Presidential blood on board in case he needs a transfusion

    Phat. Read all the details on Daily Mail.

  • Ad Agency Layoff Counter

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    Depressingly awesome site of the day: Bnet’s Ad Agency Layoff Counter.

    Every time we hear about job losses at an ad business, we’ll update the count. At least 6,624 jobs to date.

    See also: Agency Spy’s Agency Layoffs Twitter Feed.

  • The Book Cover Archive

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    We’re a bit late to the game on this one, but it looks like Ben Pieratt of General Projects has launched another project: The Book Cover Archive for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design. The site features:

    • 800+ books
    • 180+ designers
    • Cross-indexed meta data

    Read the full announcement at their blog.

  • BK's Whopper Sacrifice Up In Flames

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    It’s something you may have never noticed about your Facebook account. You never get a message that someone has left you as a friend (even though they have). That may not seem like a big deal. But maintaining this rosy view of friendship is a core value of Facebook’s creators—so much so, that they don’t allow any new app developer to disobey it. It’s a technicality, but it’s written into the rules of the Facebook game.

    This small bit of legalese just took down the mightiest Facebook app there has ever been—Burger King’s Whopper Sacrifice, created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky. The app itself was within Facebook’s guidelines and was providing a large boost of PR for their social network, along with Burger King. The problem is that it sent you a message when a friend sacrificed you in pursuit of their free Whopper. The largest no-no of all. 233,906 people were sacrificed by 82,771 people in less than a week while the app was alive. Rest their souls.

  • Helping Denver Suck Less: Our Advice Column

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    You might remember our advice column from about a month ago on tips for agency interviewing success. Well, we got an email a few days ago from the person who sent the original question and the tips worked.

    Hey guys!

    I emailed you about a month or two ago, asking for advice on how to land that first job (I was interviewing at AGENCY). You gave me a ton of awesome advice and three interviews, immense patience and several months later….I GOT IT! I got the call Friday afternoon from the CD and he told me that assuming I pass a background check (I think I’m in the clear), I’m part of the team! I’m super excited and I just wanted to thank you for your helpful advice, I really think it assisted me in preparing and ultimately nailing the interviews.

    Thanks Egotist!!!!

    Yeah, baby! If you have something you’d like answered by The Collective Ego, send it on over: the[at]denveregotist.com.

  • Helping Denver Suck Less: Jim Hargreaves

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    Denver designer Jim Hargreaves was the guinea pig for our new Egotist Counsel idea—in which thirteen of the most respected, most reliable creative individuals in Colorado are given the opportunity to honestly judge his book behind The Egotist veil and vote Yay or Nay on whether to add him to our list of Recommended Talent. After little debate, he’s in.

    All of our Counsel members agree he has one of the best recent grad portfolios they’ve seen, with solid, well-thought-out typography, color and layout sensibilities. One Counsel member said, “He appears to have made a mountain out of a molehill in a good amount of his portfolio pieces. That’s something I typically look for in a designer’s portfolio, because it’s easy to make a BMW ad look nice.”

    Jim’s not just tied to one style. However, a handful of Counsel members did wonder if he has work outside what’s being shown in his current portfolio that’s more off-the-wall, demonstrating that he can branch out—and adding some juxtaposition to his clean, Swiss design. Others wondered about his lack of interactive experience, but Jim has let us know print and branding are his specialties.

    Those who have met Jim Hargreaves say he comes off very modest and cool, yet is confident and capable and an all-around nice guy. They were also impressed by his rationale and thinking, beyond his physical design work.

    From those who have actually worked with Jim, we heard he can have a less-than-enthusiastic attitude about taking on production work (especially for someone at a junior level). Take that how you will, but we take it as Jim being a man who knows what he wants and has high expectations of his career. Ah, to be young again.

    The highest creative heads in Colorado said they’d give Jim an interview or hire him for the right gig that fits his style. Maybe, you should too? Jim Hargreaves works full-time at Barnhart as a designer but takes on freelance projects when they mesh with his workload there. Find him on our list Recommended Talent.

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