• Agency of the Year Poll >>

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    Get your vote in before the end of December.

  • Delicious Cox Sausage

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    Here’s a great tongue-in-cheek spot for a fake sausage product called Cox Sausage being pushed by the fictitious character Dewey Cox for the upcoming film, The Dewey Cox Story. That’s a lot of Cox.

    (Via AdFreak.)

  • Christmas Early for Thomas Taber & Drazen

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    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.

  • SmartWool Posters Via TDA

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    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

  • Top Ten Excuses Small Agencies Don't Need

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    This just hit us the right way. (Via Small Agency Diary.)

    1. We don’t have clients who really get it.

    Sorry, by my estimation there are less than five clients in the entire world that are dream accounts, yet agencies do great work for less than ideal clients everyday. Next?

    2. We don’t have budgets that allow us to do our best work.

    Elbow grease is cheap and that’s where great ideas come from. Great production dollars can actually hurt creativity. We tend to rely on technique rather than a great idea.

    3. We don’t have enough time.

    You have the same 24 hours a day those people who you admire so much. How do they do it? They sacrifice.

    4. National advertisers won’t give us the time of day.

    Why small agencies don’t get taken seriously is that they aren’t bringing something special to the party. All great big agencies started small. They got big by thinking up big ideas. Make your luck.

    5. We can’t hire the best people.

    What do you have to offer? A lot of people just want to do great work. If your work doesn’t show that well, it’s not your size that is keeping talented people away.

    Read the other five.

  • TTD Calls Out CP+B, Kinda

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    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.

    (Via Adrants.)

  • Watch Jackass 2.5 Free

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    Problem is you have to download Microsoft Silverlight to watch it. Interesting tactic ol’ Bill Gates is using to get people to start using Microsoft’s streaming video and rich media program.

    Check it out if you wanna.

  • McD's Big 'n' Juicy Ambient

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    Not all McDonald’s advertising sucks. In this campaign, Eurosize poster sites were turned into huge napkin dispensers to promote McDonald’s biggest burger ever.

    (Via Ad Goodness.)

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