• Arrive Alive Ambient

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    Attention-getting work placed in bar bathrooms. Particularly appropriate after last night’s ad show. Agency: The Jupiter Drawing Room, South Africa.

    (Via I Believe In Advertising.)

  • Winners of The Denver 50

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    In case you’re not planning to hit the show tonight (wussy), here are the winners from the New Denver Ad Club’s first annual gala. The 50 best ideas in Denver. When you get your hands on the book tomorrow, you really will be dumbfounded by the work going on here in our city – so much of which you’ve never seen before.

    Hopefully, our landing a spot in the mix (yeah, that’s right) will entice more shops and individuals to use this site as a venue to show off their wares all year long. Ask every, single entity we’ve posted on whether it’s made a difference in their career. We already know the answer.

    The Denver 50:

    Sukle Advertising & Design (x2) – Denver Water Campaign, Wyoming DOH Anti-Meth Campaign

    Cactus (x11) – Colorado State Tobacco Prevention Own Your C Booklet, Colorado State Tobacco Prevention Quit Doing It/I Do It Campaign, The Children’s Hospital Ad Campaign, Blue Cross Blue Shield No Brakes TV Spot, Colorado State Tobacco Prevention FixNixer Program, Move Management Relocation Joe Direct Mail, Colorado State Tobacco Prevention Smoke-Free Colorado Campaign, Colorado State Tobacco Prevention Own Your C Website, Colorado State Tobacco Viral Components, Colorado State Tobacco Prevention Raise Smoke-Free Kids Campaign, Colorado State Tobacco Prevention Own Your C TV and Interactive Campaign

    Factory Design Labs (x12) – Copper Mountain Resort Posters, Audi TT Microsite, Descente Dr. Frank Print Ad, Universal Studios I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Website, Brine Mikey Powell Print and Website Campaign, Mountain High Resorts Buck Off Game, Jump Mobile TV Campaign, Oakley Websites, Factory Corporate Identity, Audi Q7 7 Days Website, Beatport Website, Sony Pictures Click Website

    The Denver Egotist (x1) – Creative Community Website

    Integer (x9) – Coors Banquet Snowboards, Coors/Molson Citizenship Congratulations Card, Hewlett-Packard Computer Skins, Killian’s Irish Red Golf Cards, Zima Mom My Ride Campaign, Hewlett-Packard Days to Dream Website, Coors Light & Sony Ericsson Pasa La Vibra Campaign, Keystone Light Website, Coors Banquet More Than Waves Film

    Xylem CCI (1x) – Jack Link’s Messin’ With Sasquatch Microsite

    Cameron Christopher Thomas (x3) – Wyoming Aeronautics Fly Wyoming Campaign, Boston Market Catering Viral Videos, Floyd’s Barbershop Franchise Record Brochure

    Reed Hill (1x) – Archetype Alliance Direct Mail

    McClain Finlon (x5) – Special Olympics Colorado Gatsby in the Park Invitation, Do-Good Grant, Dell XT Frustration Films, Dell XT Demonstration Films, The Edge of Tomorrow Speaker Series Campaign

    Thomas Tabor & Drazen (x2) – iRovr Social Experience, ICON Strength In Numbers Campaign

    Fueld Films (1x) – The New Denver Ad Club Short Film

    Morey Evans (1x) – Good Times Burgers My Beefs All Natural Campaign

    Bianca e Nero (1x) – Evolution Salon Website

  • Thanks, Denver 50!

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    Sound the trumpets. Bring out the dancing pigs. Wake the king. Summon the harem. And crack open the malt liquor. The Denver Egotist has been selected as one of the best ideas in Denver over the last 18 months by the New Denver Ad Club and its arsenal of judges.

    One hundred and sixty-seven entries from 32 agencies were submitted. And this half-baked turd that’s only been running a few months took one of the spots. Hmm, maybe it’s not such a turd after all. Our thanks to the judges from Anomaly, BBH, R/GA, EVB and CarmichaelLynch. Any of you guys ever done anything this cool?

  • The Egotist Interviews: Steve Whittier >>

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    In the December 2007 issue of Factory Design Labs newsletter, they announce nine new hires. That’s nine hires in a single month, likely totaling more than any other agency in the region. If you turn your head upward and peer toward the highest rung on the agency’s creative totem pole, you’ll find VP Creative Director Steve Whittier and much of reason for the shop’s visionary uniqueness and recent explosiveness. We caught up with Steve on the eve of the New Denver Ad Club’s annual award show, for which Factory Design Labs is poised for performance.

    Read the interview.

  • The Dark Knight's Viral Brilliance

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    The new Batman film, The Dark Knight, has one of the most intriguing and involved viral marketing campaigns ever created going on right now. Through the complex, interwoven plot, The Joker has been recruiting an army of minions in the real world – those who are smart enough to follow the trail of messaging he’s left in his wake.

    On December 3rd a new page appeared at whysoserious.com/steprightup with a hammer game and some teddy bear toys. Each toy had an address on it located in a number of cities around the US. The note on the game told people to go to that address and say their name was “Robin Banks” (get it, “Robbing Banks”) and they’d get something there. It was first come, first serve, and each location was a bakery. What they were given was a cake with a phone number written on it. Now here’s the best part: inside the cake was an evidence bag (complete with Gotham City Police printing) that contained a cell phone, a charger, a Joker playing card and a note with instructions.

    Keep reading about this incredible campaign over on First Showing.

  • Is Shepard Fairey a Plagiarist?

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    Artist Mark Vallen has just written a well-designed article, filled with visual examples, accusing Shepard Fairey of being nothing more than a ripoff artist with little ability who steals the hard work of others and passes it off as his own – with no credit given to original artists when he appropriates their work.

    Lincoln Cushing, Josh MacPhee and Favianna Rodriguez worked closely with Mark on researching the article, having initially brought Fairey’s plagiarism to his attention. Cushing is an art historian and author of Revolución: Cuban Poster Art, Visions of Peace & Justice, and Chinese Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Josh MacPhee is an artist, activist and author of Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of the Street Stencil. And Favianna Rodriguez is an artist, activist and Chicana print maker.

    The article offers provoking thought on the line between being influenced and being a thief. Definitely worth the read.

  • iPhone Parody

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    Pretty good one, actually. Remind you of anyone you know?

  • You Should Know About Karen Pollack

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    As a small shop, half the battle with recommending television to clients is figuring out who can help you pull it off. In a big shop, producers get maxed and may claim to have their finger on the pulse of the best directors and production companies when they really don’t.

    Karen Pollack is a very rare commodity in this market that can be leveraged by both the big and the small. As a freelance producer, she’s got exactly what it takes to help you realize your vision – budget, scheduling, creative, director and client-conscious from start to stop. She works for the best agencies in town on the best work, including Qwest, Colorado Lottery, Denver Zoo, Coors’ Breast Cancer Awareness effort, Bellco Credit Union, Loveland Ski Area, Red Robin and more. Please welcome Karen to our list of Recommended Resources. Damn straight she can pull that off for you.

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