• Let's Cuddle

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    This is just good, wholesome fun. Soft & Furry™ – a slightly mysterious site and yet-to-be-made line of toys – is hosting a contest for designers. Your job: design the logo.

    SOFT&FURRY™ is a project dedicated to creativity and collaboration. The premise behind S&F™ is to elicit participation in an alternative logo design competition. The winning logo will adorn the packaging and other associated elements of an all new, fully custom, handmade line of designer collectible toys.

    Check out the site for details, but the basic premise of the competition is this: submit logos every week for eight weeks. Each week, a winning logo will be selected for the final round. At the end of the competition, the eight weekly winners will be judged, with one grand champion chosen. The winner gets a whole mess of attention and nifty prizes. Along the way, other outstanding designs will be shared for inspiration and generous amounts of praise. You should do this. First deadline is this Friday at midnight.

    Because the site doesn’t feature any eye candy yet (that’s your job), please enjoy this totally unrelated picture of a lonely duck we found near a pond somewhere in western Colorado.

  • Because Rocks Hurt

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    Shred Ready is a small company based in Auburn, Alabama. They manufacture helmets for kayaking, skiing, skateboarding and various other sports where one’s melon needs protection. Local art director Gordy Hirsch recently shared with us a print campaign he helped develop for the company. Playing off the ol’ faux public service approach, the work dramatizes the abuse your head endures on the river. The work is featured below – along with credits.

    Additionally, Gordy let us know Shred Ready is hosting a mini art show at this weekend’s Teva Mountain Games in Vail. The show features new Shred Ready helmets painted and adorned by various artists from all over. From Gordy:

    These art shows were formed to launch the new helmet and get a taste of different types of graphics for potential collaborations in the future for limited edition releases. Portions of each helmet sale are donated to the American Whitewater Foundation.

    You can learn more about the project at becauserockshurt.com, although the site looks like it needs to be updated. If you’re heading to the games this weekend, drop by and check out the head gear.

    Thanks for sharing, Gordy.

    AD: Gordy Hirsch, Jewell Rutledge (Big Bang, Seattle)
    CW: Lee Perlman
    PHOTO: EJ Newton

  • Louis CK: This Weekend

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    Highly recommend hitting Louis CK’s stand-up this Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at Comedy Works downtown. Funny bastard. Ticket info here.

  • Get Your Gossip Here >>

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    Just feeling out whether there’s any dirty laundry to share out there, Denver. Drop a comment if you’re so inclined.

  • 7 More Reasons To Love Pabst

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    No offense to the craft beer reviewers on our site from New Belgium, Flying Dog and Breckenridge Brewery (coming soon), but we proudly display a twelver of PBR in our mini fridge next to all those other brews. Here are some shots of the PBR poster campaign you might have seen around town, featuring illustrations from various artists containing PBR cans. As if you needed to run advertising to convince us to drink you.

  • Hire This Guy Already

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    A lot of people have emailed us their books during the McClain Finlon / Qwest fallout looking for assistance on next steps in their career. We’ve tried to help everyone in some way, privately dealing with some via email. And in other cases, publicly pushing those we feel have that certain sparkle – someone we definitely recommend you be talking to.

    Brandon Genova is that someone worthy of public praise – a solid, decade-deep design vet ready to move onward and upward into the shop that’s looking to fill out an A-list roster. Give him a test and let him wow you.

  • Denver, Meet Vladimir Jones

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    Uhhh? Huh? Uhhh. Alrighty. PRACO, “Colorado’s oldest agency,” located in the Springs, today unveiled its new identity. Their new name is Vladimir Jones.

    According to Nechie Hall, CEO of Vladimir Jones, the agency will operate under a new corporate vision as “An Agency of Exciting Minds. We tested a number of new names,” Hall added, “and Vladimir Jones continuously rose to the top.”

    “The first thing everyone asks is, ‘is he real?’” said George Olson, Chief Creative Officer at the agency. “The answer is, of course, yes. Vladimir Jones is the very real person inside everybody who struggles with the great dualities of our business. Is it art or commerce? Do we engage the heart or head? Do we go by research or our gut? Are we about winning sales or souls? Vladimir Jones is our way of saying we choose both. He represents the fusion of discipline and soul, of precision and emotion. And yes, he’s a Sagittarius.”

    Without further comment from us (because you know exactly what we’re thinking), we’d like to get your thoughts on this whole business. Comments commence.

  • Beer Review #2: Avery's Karma >>

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    In perfect time for the happiest hour of the week, may we present beer review #2 for Avery’s Karma from our lifelong drinking buddies at Flying Dog Brewery. Cheers!

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