• 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.

  • Audi Truth In 24 Trailer

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    A month ago, we featured the website that Factory Design Labs created to augment the 24 Hours of Le Mans documentary for their client Audi. Today, Creativity posted one of the trailers from the site developed in partnership with Digital Kitchen. Totally killer and worth another viewing.

  • US Airways Plane Crashes Into Hudson River

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    First shot of the crash taken from someone’s iPhone and posted to Twitter. Communication technology is officially amazing. Hope everyone’s okay. (Clean that iPhone, dude.)

  • Hirschfeld Leaves 250 Poor Souls Stranded

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    We were getting geared up to do our assessment of the demise of National Hirschfeld—a printer that’s been around for 102 years in Denver that days ago announced it will close at the end of the month after declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy. 250 (likely unsuspecting) people lost their jobs. The folks over at Notchode beat us to the punch, however, writing a well thought-out piece on the matter. So go read that if you want to hear the honest truth.

  • Ray-Ban's Mobile Dance Party

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    Ray-Ban has birthed another video in their Never Hide series. First came the man coming out of the cow. Now, come the disco ballers. Anyone feel like the tone of this campaign is waffling between weird and wanky?

    (Via YesButNoButYes)

  • Cashing In On The Inauguration

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    With the unprecedented way in which Barack Obama was both covered and commanded the media over the last year, it’s interesting to see who’s continuing to ride that wave (for their own benefit) right through the day he’s sworn in.

    Marvel Comics yesterday released a special issue of The Amazing Spider-Man with the President-elect on the cover. In issue #583, Spider-man stops the Chameleon from spoiling Obama’s inauguration. Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada says, “It was a natural after we learned the new president is a Spider-Man fan. This is not so much a pro-Obama statement but a tip of the hat to having a Spider-Man fan in the White House.” It’s also a way to make some serious cash. The issue is available for $3.99 at local comic book stores and is expected to sell-out.

    USA Today is planning a special 48-page magazine-style publication for the price of $4.95, according to Editor Ken Paulson. Have you noticed anyone else trying to ride the inaugural coattails out there?

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