• Visit Denver, But Please Ignore That Horrific Logo

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    There are industries that never seem to “get” good advertising. Used car dealers are one. Dentists are on the list. Plumbers. But topping the list every, single time – especially when you study the marketing budget they’ve got compared to all those other industries combined – is government.

    To the long-running list of government atrocities, we now add the new mark for the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Following a trend that’s spread through states across the nation of renaming this division of government, Denver’s first step was to pare down the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau moniker to, simply, “Visit Denver (The Convention & Visitors Bureau).” The second half (in parens) will be dropped as people get used to the new name. We’re okay with the name. It’s a clear call-to-action. Fine. Whatever.

    But we do take issue with the accompanying logo. Where’s the finesse in this thing? It’s as if they attached a plate to the back of some big-booty mama, slapped some red paint on, had her slam that thang down onto a page of notebook paper and called it done. Anyone see Denver flipping them off in those buildings in the middle? That’s a no-no for us, as well – considering the message is to welcome visitors, not offend them.

    Chalk it up to focus groups. Blame the clogged government marketing pipeline. Accuse the agency responsible. But don’t forget to shed a tear for this logo that’s out there in the world representing, for EVERYONE, the place we hold dear.

  • Crispin Porter + Bogusky Lands Zune

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    Apparently, the recent work for Microsoft’s Vista from CP+B is working – at least in the eyes of the client. As proof, Adrants is reporting Microsoft has just handed Crispin its $41 million Zune account. The work created for Zune by 72andSunny, along with others, has been visually stunning and certainly award-worthy. But it ain’t pushing Zune’s out Best Buy’s door. Between this and Vista, CP+B certainly has their hands full of tough assignments from Microsoft, trying to overcome shotty products with the glitter of great ad campaigns. More power to them. We’re excited to see more huge accounts floating Boulder’s way.

    Zune Arts : Los Corazones from Ondablog on Vimeo.

    Zune Masks from Matt on Vimeo.

  • What Happened to Rod Smith?

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    A new spot for BlackJack Pizza showed up in our inbox, right next to the Lillian Vernon catalog. It’s created by Tucson’s Dog Dog Boy advertising. In our humble Egotist opinion, it’s better than the old Rod Smith stuff, but is it as good as it could be?

    Now, BlackJack has a number of locations in Tucson, but following our current rant about Colorado businesses going elsewhere, it seems that a company started in Colorado might enjoy a Colorado agency?

    Additionally, we were wondering what the hell recommended copywriter talent Tom Van Ness is doing as the scientist on the left. So we asked him. Turns out the agency found him and the rest of his improv pals at Impulse Theater and asked them to send in audition tapes, thus landing roles in the new spot.

    Love it? Hate it? Think you could do better?

  • ADCD Student Show Tonight

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    The Art Directors Club of Denver is hosting the 2008 Student Show tonight. Details below. We’re not quite sure what’s going on in the image by Red Rocks Community College student Melissa Perkins, but let’s just say we’ll be tracking her down at the show to find out where the after-party be at.

  • Long Chicken

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    We, uh…just watch.

  • Art at the D Note

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    Artist Max Kauffman let us know he has an opening tonight at the D Note in Old Town Arvada. It features work he created while “sitting in” with bands at various venues.

    The reception runs tonight from 6 – 9 P.M. If you haven’t been to the D Note, it’s worth the short trip west on I-70. Yes, you’ll be entering the ‘burbs, but Old Town is not without its charm. Vintage storefronts. Old lamposts. Town drunks. And the D Note offers live music every night and slings some great pizza (even Westword’s Jason Sheehan likes it).

  • Noooooooooooooo!!!

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    We were sitting in the kitchen this morning, enjoying a warm bowl of Malt-O-Meal while gazing out the window at this season’s first glorious snowfall. Thoughts of crackling fires, sledding, and whitewashing little Billy Peterson’s fat face in a snow bank filled our heads. And as our minds wandered to simpler times, there came a thud at the front porch. What could it be? Gramma’s homemade holiday brittle arriving early via UPS? The wool turtleneck we ordered from L.L. Bean just yesterday? An adorable puppy being abandoned in a charming basket that could later be re-purposed as a log holder near the hearth? No. Sadly, it wasn’t any of these things.

    It was just another g*@damn, motherf*#!ing, piece of sh#t Yellow Book arriving. It seems every three days another one lands on our porch. The delivery van disappeared in a whirl of snow and fog before we even had time to pack a snowball.

    As savvy blog readers, we know you likely find any goods and services you need right here on the internet. But we’re curious if you know anyone who still turns to the Yellow Pages (or whatever other publisher) as a reference tool? Do you have any clients who advertise in them? Granted, we (you included) are of a different generation, but we’re wondering if these things shouldn’t just go away for good. And we’re also wondering if you have any green ideas (aside from recycling, of course) on how to re-use these things? Please ponder while we reheat our Malt-O-Meal.

  • That's 1,050 in Dog Years!

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    The Queen City of the Plains (Denver to you outsiders) is turning 150 years old this very month. In honor of that honor, heaps of dandy goings-on are going on. Perhaps the most poignant one for us is the Denver Arts Week.

    Every one here at the Egotist, from CEO Gene down to the guy who mops the floors, who we think is named Lyle or Lee agrees that you should get out and have a look at the artwork, architecture, films and other goodies that celebrate 150 years of Denver.

    And you fancy lads out there will rejoice at the Denver Daisy, a wonderfully vibrant little blossom cultivated just for Denver. Check it out here along with more fun activities.

    Now go out there and give your city a great big hug. Do it! Or we’ll send Lyle or Lee after you.

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