• Denver's Legwork Studio: Vector Pack #01

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    The loving crew over at Legwork Studio has prepared a Valentine’s gift this year especially for you—8 little creatures to download and use for whatever. The pack includes fully editable vector art in AI, EPS, and PDF formats. Hugs, gents.

  • EAS: Larry Fitzgerald USA Today Ad Via Mighty Karma

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    Mighty Karma, a Denver shop we’re hungry to see more work from, sent us this full-page ad they developed for their client EAS to run in USA Today before the Bowl that was Super last weekend. The ad features Arizona Cardinals speed demon Larry Fitzgerald, some nice copy from freelancer Steve Dolbinski and a well art-directed photo from Mighty Karma’s own Andy Sherman via Portland sports photographer Steve Bonini. The group got some time with Fitzgerald the week before the Super Bowl for the shoot. Cool work.

    Credits:
    Creative Direction: Jeff Martin
    Art Direction: Andy Sherman
    Copy: Steve Dolbinski and Jeff Martin
    Photography: Steve Bonini
    Retouching: Scott Dorman (Smalldog Imageworks)

  • Friday Night In Denver 02.06.09: Evan Hecox "New Works"

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    Super star illustrative genius Evan Hecox has an opening at Denver’s Andenken Gallery for first Friday this evening. Andenken says, “This is a new level for Evan’s work and must be seen in-person.” We believe them. As usual, they’ll have great music and cheap drinks. Head down to 30th & Larimer at 7pm, mate.

  • Urban Bird Lisa Johnston: Valentine's Art Sale

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    Denver illustrator Lisa Johnston has some nice pieces properly priced (at $60 and $80 a pop) on sale now to give your sweetie for V-Day, sweetie. Go scope it.

  • Friday Night In Denver 02.06.09: "Life With a Side of Marmalade, It's More than Just Jelly"

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    Matthew Doubek and Samuel Mobley Showcase New Works @ Pirate Contemporary Art

    “Life with a side of MARMALADE, it’s more than just jelly” is a continuing collection from the collaborating duo that is Sniffy approved. This colorful show will mark the second time that Doubek and Mobley have showcased their exchange of making marks and solo work at Pirate Contemporary Art. Again, the duo explores their strong sensibilities of fine art, illustration and design. Constructing mixed media collages, and graphic screen prints on found and recycled wood panels that showcase an intimate view into the imaginations of the artists. Art that dives further into the world of paint, ink and collage, featuring a narrated alphabet, warm palette posters, colossal portraits and custom retro-modern lighting. Doubek has brought together a banquet of consumer collage and energetic marks to his oversized, sometimes petite work. Mobley continues his marriage of gentle color fields, retro imagery, and creative type treatments. Doubek and Mobley continue to explore the Life around them, bringing those Marmalade experiences to their canvases.

    “Life with a side of MARMALADE, it’s more than just jelly”
    Artist Reception: February 6th, 6 pm – 10 pm – Please join us for Toast, Tea and Marmalade
    Location: Pirate Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo St, Denver
    Show runs: January 30th – February 15th, 2009

  • Wyoming Anti-Tobacco: Carcinogen Trading Cards Via Sukle Advertising & Design

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    Since trading cards are big with the Wyoming kids these days (and telling their kids not to chew ain’t so big with Wyoming parents), Denver’s Sukle Advertising & Design developed a set of 14 cancer-causing carcinogen character cards.

    Each card features an evil character, with illustrations provided by David Hudnut. The educational cards, packaged as something kids would actually want to collect, were handed out at schools and Thru with Chew events. A poster was also designed with the characters in a battle formation moving in on the chew user. Like to have one of those babies next to our D&D Dungeons of Dread poster on the ol’ bedroom wall.

  • Colorado Advertising Agencies Cut Back Staff: CP+B and Karsh

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    At least two Colorado shops have reduced their number of staff members in response to the cruddy economy. According to a statement from Katie Kempner, VP Communications at Crispin Porter + Bogusky:

    “In response to the current economic climate, advertising budgets are being reduced in virtually every industry. On a comparative basis, CP+B’s business is doing well but we are not immune to the constriction of the economy. Our two main responsibilities are to our clients and to our employees. And in order to most prudently manage our business, we have taken the difficult step of reducing our staff by 60 of our 900+ employees. We do not anticipate any further staff reductions. These are extraordinary times and we hope that we will not have to do this again.”

    We’ve also confirmed that 8 employees have been laid off from Denver’s Karsh\Hagan. The agency didn’t lose any clients, but indicated that every client is scaling back.

    On a brighter note, if you’re built for it, the freelance market seems to be booming in Denver and Boulder. Good luck out there, peeps. Strange days we’re in.

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