• Cessna: "Rise" Print Ad Via Pure

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    In an atmosphere that has the public and the media essentially demanding that big execs swear off private jet travel to save cash and the jobs of underlings, Denver’s Pure has helped Cessna put a big, fat stake in the ground, saying, instead, “That ain’t how big business rolls, kids.” And we dig it. Very nice work.

    P.S. Kind of weird AdAge says the campaign was created by Grace/Dickerson, Denver. What gives, Pure?

  • ADCD: Free Booze Thursday

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    Open to members and non-members alike. Take advantage, son. The Jet Hotel, 1612 Wazee St., Denver.

  • Earn $10 for Talking Shit About Printers

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    A phoenix has arisen from the ashes of Spectrographics—Denver’s printer that went down in flames last week. Sean Bermingham, ex-owner of Spectro (before a group of know-it-alls took over), launched a new printing company earlier this week called Lettracraft.

    He sent us this link to a promo the company’s got going, in which they’re trying to collect opinions on what people love and hate about printers and how they can do more of the former and less of the latter with their new operation.

    Anyhoo, you can get $10 in iTunes, Starbucks or donate to a charity by clicking through and filling out the form. Easy money. Thanks, Sean. This is a fine start to getting things right.

  • In The Egotist Inbox: Sprout Strategy

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    Sprout Strategy is a Denver brand growth boutique specializing in brands committed to making people’s lives better through health and wellness. The company’s execs have a hunk of experience working on household brand names (P&G, Wrigley, Dial, Nintendo, PetSmart, Unilever, Peet’s Coffee, Nike and Coors) and at big-time agencies (Leo Burnett, Energy BBDO and The Integer Group).

    We’ve heard good things about Sprout from people who have worked with them. But you might need to hit them up directly for some case studies because their site’s rather emaciated.

  • Cypher13 Remixes Legwork Studio

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    Denver’s Legwork Studio gave the gift of vector art earlier this week and Boulder’s cypher13 has officially re-gifted it as desktop art. Cool stuff, gents.

  • Interesting New Report on Colorado's Creative Sector

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    The Colorado Council on the Arts has released a report entitled “Colorado: State-of-the-Art, Key Findings from The State of Colorado’s Creative Economy.” The report shows that there are 186,251 people employed within creative jobs and enterprises. This makes the creative sector the 5th largest in the Colorado job market. It is nearly the size of biotechnology and telecommunications fields, and it is larger than the defense sector or the food processing and agribusiness sector.

    Colorado is a magnet for creative talent, ranking 5th among all states for concentration of artists. Only New York, California, Massachusetts and Vermont have a higher concentration of creative talent. Colorado ranks 2nd in concentration of architects, 7th in concentration of writers, designers, entertainers and performers, and 8th in concentration of photographers.

    The study categorized creative industries into six sub-groups: design, film and media, heritage, literary and publishing, performing arts, and visual arts and crafts. Colorado’s strengths are design, literary and publishing, and film and media which represent 73% of all creative industry jobs.

    Interesting stuff. Read the all the report details here.

  • Shout Out To Denver Illustrator Lisa Haney

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    Handcrafted Media is a Colorado agency just outside of Colorado Springs. They got in touch with us a couple days ago and wanted to tell the story about their experience with Lisa Haney – one of the illustrators they discovered on our list of Recommended Talent.

    “Just east of the pacific coast of Oregon sits Whiskey Creek Organics, our client, who runs a small, natural farm. Whiskey Creek Organics gets its name from the source of the farm’s water supply.

    The concept for the logo we developed was originally conceived in the very first conversation we had with the proprietor; to create a mark that represented the river, the landscape and the individuality of the organization. To be honest, there was really only one concept from the start, the client had a clear intent and we ran with it; which we found is a great way to develop an identity.

    After some exploration we decided the best direction would be to design a logo that carried with it a classic, established feel while keeping in line with the clients original requests. The woodcut, somewhat grungy, old world style was something we knew we wanted to accomplish from the start. Part of the strategy was to design a piece that was extremely legible, could be used in a wide variety of applications and we hoped, could work as an icon only, sans the type.

    Enter local illustrator Lisa Haney. We touched base with Lisa, explained the concept, worked through a couple of drafts and dialed in the final illustration with amazing accuracy true to the original concept. Lisa really made this project come together, her skills brought the logo to life. The typography was designed to complement the illustration as opposed to creating a drastic contrast, and the color palette is a direct reflection of the client’s lush Oregonian surroundings.

    We intend to work with Whiskey Creek Organics to bring the identity into vehicle graphics, packaging, apparel and an online presence.”

    Big Shout-out to Lisa Haney,

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