• The Denver 50 Judges React to The Denver 50

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    To prove we’re not high on ourselves (or grandpa’s cough medicine), a friend of ours helped us send our Denver 50 Postmortem essay out to all the judges of the show this year to get their reactions on the piece and the show in general. What follows demonstrates that we actually do have productive thoughts running across our frontal lobes every once in a while.

    Rob Schwartz, Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles: “As far as the work is concerned, I personally looked for pieces I wished I had done, and pieces that deserved to be recognized. Were there 50? No. But I wanted to make sure the folks in Denver saw some great things that were happening in their part of their world. Pardon my optimism.”

    Adam Owett, Executive Vice President Creative Group at Sony BMG Music Entertainment: “When I was judging, I realized that I had to bring back entries I had dismissed – not a good sign. I think it’s great that the show is about ideas, and that its platform agnostic, but there’s nothing wrong with a smaller group of winners.”

    Gareth Kay, Head of Planning, Modernista!: “I agree with Adam’s comments – went back and put some stuff back in also. Why do you need a fixed number? Any number is going to either force good work to be excluded or not so great work included. Why not simply set a clear criteria for a great idea and see how many make it?”

  • << New .NET Developer Position Posted

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    Malenke | Barnhart is searching for a .NET Developer. Job details here.

  • The Denver 50 Winners + Book Giveaway

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    The crew at Karsh\Hagan, along with the New Denver Ad Club, are giving away 50 free hard copies of The Denver 50 award book from this year. To get one, you have to follow the Denver50 twitter feed (it’s quick to do), then @reply to their twitter post about it. The catch: you have to go pick up your copy at the Karsh offices (no shipping, buddy).

    If you’re not dying for a hard copy, here’s a pdf of the guts of the book (252 MB, sorry). If anyone at the ad club has an issue with us posting it, be sure to scream in our general direction to yank it down. What do you think of the work if you haven’t already spied it?

    (Book Credits: Mark Doolittle Photography for cover photography, Joel Given at XYZ Graphics for cover retouching)

  • New Editorial: CP+B and the Whopper Virgins >>

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    Thanks to our friend Jeremy Greenfield – an AdFreak contributor – for killing it on another editorial. Read it over lunch if you dare.

  • MIGHTYkarma Gives a Buck

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    Your pockets are empty, but it doesn’t mean you can’t give this holiday season (to people who really do need it more than you). Just click through the image below and let MIGHTYkarma do the donating for you. You get the good feeling and you can keep the heat on in your double-wide. Nice.

  • Good Grief

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    Every advertising creative cliché, crammed into one Charlie Brown Christmas special. Tis the season! Oh, and did we mention we’re still accepting your ideas for this year’s Denver Egotist holiday card?

    (Thanks, Gordy)

  • December - Feast or Famine?

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    At a recent Egotist roundtable, the topic of December was introduced. It would seem that there is never a normal December. Some reported little or no work and a lot of consumption of bon-bons. Others reported crazy spending by clients and late, late nights with no sugar plums.

    What have you found? Sure, this year is a little extra sucky on the cash flow side, but let us know what you’re seeing out there in the trenches. In here, it’s fair to partly crappy, but the booze is still flowing, if you know what we mean. Yeah, you do.

  • Colorado and Its Agencies in The News

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    Cultivator Advertising and Design is in the Campaign Spotlight in The New York Times today for its breaking work, The Yuletide Project, for Cherry Creek North. More killer PR work from Dan Barron who can be found at db315[at]earthlink.net if you want him promoting your shop.

    (Thanks, Rodney)

    Thomas Taber & Drazen had the Ad of the Day spot on Adweek last Friday for their print ad entitled “Boy” for Park City Mountain Resort.

    TDA Advertising & Design has been in the news for their Memorex campaign, the first major advertising effort for the brand since the 1970s. Along with print ads, which are 70% of the media buy, TDA has created Cab Karaoke – outfitting taxis in San Fran, Chicago and NY with Memorex’s SingStand, a full sized microphone, stand and speakers that allows users to sing along with music – then recording people who work their magic and uploading their videos to MyKaraokeCab.com.

    (Thanks, Zach)

    On Friday, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper unveiled the Mile High City’s window display on “Good Morning America.” Denver was one of three cities selected to decorate a window at the ABC News Studios. While Mayor Hickenlooper unveiled the display, “a festive pep rally with more than 200 participants dressed in ski and snowboard gear was staged in Denver’s Union Station from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. to coincide with the New York airing.” The “Good Morning America” broadcast cut back and forth from New York to the local crowd in the station throughout the morning, showcasing Denver’s festive spirit and city pride. The window was designed by Designed by Keita Usuda, senior designer at Condit Exhibits. Hmmm.

    (Thanks, Isaac)

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