Thank you, Santa. You brought us Gold and Bronze One Show Pencils, D&AD, CA, Clios, New York Festivals, Andys and Beldings all wrapped in one creative director. Rick Rosenberg, welcome to Denver and to Thomas Taber & Drazen. Call us lame, but we turn into giddy schoolgirls when good people come to town like TTD’s new ECD.
Check out a few samples of his work below and even more of them here. His bio reads like a hall of fame candidate. This can only mean good things are to come.
Sporting a long and flowing mullet, Rick began his advertising career in the 1980s as an account coordinator on the McDonald’s account. He soon realized creative was where he belonged and eventually found himself at the forefront of the Seattle advertising scene, winning international awards and increasing sales for clients like Alaska Airlines and Yosemite Tourism.
The ‘90s brought more brands, more opportunities and more success stories. In Los Angeles, it was Apple Computers, Mercedes-Benz and Centinela Feed & Pet. In New York, Coca-Cola, Diet Pepsi and VISA. In Portland, it was Hollywood Video and Doc Martens. In 2003, Rick started Campbell-Ewald’s West region creative department for Chevrolet. Under his creative direction, Los Angeles became the #1 Chevy market in the U.S. just one year later.
Today, Rick can be spotted at the helm of the very talented TTD creative department. He’s the one with the short hair; yes, even in the back.
In additional news, TTD has moved its headquarters to the old Rock Island building on 15th Street, which you may fondly remember from your dark mascara-wearing goth days. They’re trying to teach an actual ghost they’ve sighted in the hallways of the building to chant Nitzer Ebb lyrics in a creepy voice to scare away crappy clients. Stay tuned on that one.
Is it just us or should illustration be used way more often in advertising if it looks as good as it does in this new in-store campaign from TDA Advertising & Design for SmartWool clothing knit from highly insulating wool? Beautiful work from illustrator Jessica Spring. Nice touch working in the little SmartWool man throughout. Copy line: Sheared from the smartest sheep.
CDs: Jonathan Schoenberg, Thomas Dooley
AD: Alex Rice
CW: Justin Horrigan
Illustrator: Jessica Spring, Montreal
Thomas Taber & Drazen just sent out a pretty funny holiday card/moving announcement saying that lavish gifts should be sent to their new offices on 15th Street and that all holiday fruit cakes should be sent to Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s address in Boulder. Cool.
Mauro Morales advertises his peyote business on a sign posted in his yard in Rio Grande, Texas. Morales is one of three people licensed to sell the hallucinogenic cactus peyote in the United States. This profession used to be more common along the Rio Grande, the only place where peyote grows in the United States. But urban development and widespread “root plowing,” which scrapes natural vegetation off the land to replace it with grass for cattle grazing, destroyed many of the peyote fields that once sprawled along the US-Mexico border.