• 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?

  • 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.

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