• New Advice: The Collective Ego #2.1 >>

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    Instead of us, a select few individuals in the Colorado creative community will be answering the newest question we were sent for our advice column today. It will be posted in three separate parts.

    Here’s the inquiry we received:
    “This is a question I have had for a long time and is directed at you, at me, at everybody. A lot of people seem to aspire to being like their big brother. In this case, I mean to say that we designers dream of being like the rockstars of our field. As a group, we want Denver to become more like the other design capitals of the world.

    I don’t want that.

    I think this aspiration to become like our peers and our idols is self-sabotage. I don’t want fame or a pat on the back, I want to be content with the substance of my work.

    With so much focus on graphic design as simply being advertising, I feel that designing things to improve the world and quality of life has become null and unprofitable. No one dreams of helping people, they dream of becoming famous like the last schmuck.

    I just want to have fun helping people… at least that was my goal when I enrolled in my first semester of graphic design.

    I ask advice for the whole of Denver/Boulder; Do we really want to be on the same level as or idols, or should we aim higher, towards a more meaningful goal? Can we do more than just suck less?”

    RMCAD student

    A sound byte from Ellen Bruss to get you in the mood:
    “I agree, there should be more pride in our work from a personal level and less focus on fame. However, the designer personality naturally comes with some level of ego, which wants praise. Most designers who are “famous” are, in addition to being talented, incredibly charming, smart people. They are good promoters. It’s not always the best work. There’s a lot of really good work that goes unnoticed. So, pat yourself on the back and feel good about the work you are proud of, and support others when they do great work – spread the love.”

    A sound byte from Rob Helmstetter of Table2Press to get you in the mood:
    “We are graphic designers. We are nerds. If we want to be rock stars we should spend time playing scales on a guitar and not looking at typefaces or websites like The Egotist. I am a graphic designer/creative because the idea of spending my life doing design is inspiring and not depressing. I am a designer because I can make a living artistically without wearing all the purist hats that an ARTIST (fine artist, conceptual artist, etc.) has to wear. I am a designer because for a good percentage of the time design is super fun.”

    And here’s Part One of the series.

  • Circuit City Dumps Just in Time for the Super Bowl

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    Circuit City has announced it’s completely shutting down and that liquidation sales will begin tomorrow, January 17th, at all stores. Time to get that fatty flat-screen you’ve been dreaming about.

    Due to challenges to our business and the continued bleak economic environment, Circuit City is going out of business and the company’s assets will be liquidated to pay off creditors.

  • Wondering Anything Else?

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    We’ll be cutting you off from asking any more questions in our The People Interview The Egotist post tonight. We’ll pick 10 of the questions people have asked for answering. So if you have anything more you’re wondering, please ask it now.

  • Breaking News: Integer's Alan Koenke Leaving Denver

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    We just heard from a friend that Chief Creative Officer of Integer Denver, Alan Koenke, is heading to NYC to open The Integer Group office there. We noticed his name has been removed as President of the New Denver Ad Club and that Lorelle Burke’s name has replaced it. Hmm… big hole left up there at TIG, unless a replacement has already been named.

  • BK's Whopper Sacrifice Up In Flames

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    It’s something you may have never noticed about your Facebook account. You never get a message that someone has left you as a friend (even though they have). That may not seem like a big deal. But maintaining this rosy view of friendship is a core value of Facebook’s creators—so much so, that they don’t allow any new app developer to disobey it. It’s a technicality, but it’s written into the rules of the Facebook game.

    This small bit of legalese just took down the mightiest Facebook app there has ever been—Burger King’s Whopper Sacrifice, created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky. The app itself was within Facebook’s guidelines and was providing a large boost of PR for their social network, along with Burger King. The problem is that it sent you a message when a friend sacrificed you in pursuit of their free Whopper. The largest no-no of all. 233,906 people were sacrificed by 82,771 people in less than a week while the app was alive. Rest their souls.

  • Helping Denver Suck Less: Our Advice Column

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    You might remember our advice column from about a month ago on tips for agency interviewing success. Well, we got an email a few days ago from the person who sent the original question and the tips worked.

    Hey guys!

    I emailed you about a month or two ago, asking for advice on how to land that first job (I was interviewing at AGENCY). You gave me a ton of awesome advice and three interviews, immense patience and several months later….I GOT IT! I got the call Friday afternoon from the CD and he told me that assuming I pass a background check (I think I’m in the clear), I’m part of the team! I’m super excited and I just wanted to thank you for your helpful advice, I really think it assisted me in preparing and ultimately nailing the interviews.

    Thanks Egotist!!!!

    Yeah, baby! If you have something you’d like answered by The Collective Ego, send it on over: the[at]denveregotist.com.

  • Helping Denver Suck Less: Jim Hargreaves

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    Denver designer Jim Hargreaves was the guinea pig for our new Egotist Counsel idea—in which thirteen of the most respected, most reliable creative individuals in Colorado are given the opportunity to honestly judge his book behind The Egotist veil and vote Yay or Nay on whether to add him to our list of Recommended Talent. After little debate, he’s in.

    All of our Counsel members agree he has one of the best recent grad portfolios they’ve seen, with solid, well-thought-out typography, color and layout sensibilities. One Counsel member said, “He appears to have made a mountain out of a molehill in a good amount of his portfolio pieces. That’s something I typically look for in a designer’s portfolio, because it’s easy to make a BMW ad look nice.”

    Jim’s not just tied to one style. However, a handful of Counsel members did wonder if he has work outside what’s being shown in his current portfolio that’s more off-the-wall, demonstrating that he can branch out—and adding some juxtaposition to his clean, Swiss design. Others wondered about his lack of interactive experience, but Jim has let us know print and branding are his specialties.

    Those who have met Jim Hargreaves say he comes off very modest and cool, yet is confident and capable and an all-around nice guy. They were also impressed by his rationale and thinking, beyond his physical design work.

    From those who have actually worked with Jim, we heard he can have a less-than-enthusiastic attitude about taking on production work (especially for someone at a junior level). Take that how you will, but we take it as Jim being a man who knows what he wants and has high expectations of his career. Ah, to be young again.

    The highest creative heads in Colorado said they’d give Jim an interview or hire him for the right gig that fits his style. Maybe, you should too? Jim Hargreaves works full-time at Barnhart as a designer but takes on freelance projects when they mesh with his workload there. Find him on our list Recommended Talent.

  • Audi Truth In 24 Trailer

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    A month ago, we featured the website that Factory Design Labs created to augment the 24 Hours of Le Mans documentary for their client Audi. Today, Creativity posted one of the trailers from the site developed in partnership with Digital Kitchen. Totally killer and worth another viewing.

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