• 30 Amazing Days

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    Last month we told you about David Schell’s project 30 Days 30 Pieces. Schell is the creative head at texturemedia. The goal of the project was to jump start the creative energy in himself and in other artists. It finished on the last day of March.

    Visit now and see the utterly amazing breadth of work by a wide range of talents. Below is a piece by emerging artist Josh Fenn entitled “Spring.” By emerging, we mean six years old. Josh is an Autistic child living in Boulder. His dad decided to get him involved in the 30/30 because Josh displays a talent for reading, writing and drawing. In his dad’s words:

    You shouldn’t expect to see any beautiful works of art or fabulous displays of technique from Josh. What you will experience is a unique glimpse into the mind and creativity of an Autistic child.

    We beg to disagree a little. Josh’s contributions are beautiful works of art.

    Beneath Josh’s piece are three random selections from Schell, Lisa Wharton and Ryan Casey. Hats off to all involved.

  • You Should Know About Gwenda Kaczor

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    Everyone, say hello to Gwenda Kaczor. We’re delighted to add Gwenda to our list of recommended talent. First, because Gwenda has some beautiful illustration and design work. Second, because Gwenda is a nationally recognized talent we’re proud to have living in Denver. And third, because “Gwenda” is just plain fun to say aloud. Try it. Gwenda. Gwenda. Gweeendaaa. Nice, right? Okay, that’s enough. Don’t ruin it.

    She has an impressive resume, having done work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, AOL, Nickelodeon, Disney and more. Check out her site and enjoy some of her additional projects, including gwendaheads, a collection of products and characters. The first statement at gwendaheads is “We are strangely happy.” Indeed, we are.

    Find her happily residing on our list of Recommended Talent.

  • More Fort Collins Logo Drama

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    Puke. Hack. Gag. Burp. The latest in the Fort Collins logo tragedy may be the most depressing development thus far. On the remotely-visible bright side, the city has listened to residents’ explosive complaints about the previous monstrosity created by Tennessee consultancy, North Star, and reacted by sending out an RFP for firms to redesign it. Thirteen agencies responded with the winner being the shop that offered to do the work – wait for it – for free.

    Not only has the city embarrassed itself by paying a Tennessee firm gobs of taxpayer cash ($76k) to mess up the initial branding, but now they’re smearing it in the face of every Fort Collins firm by telling them the value on any further work put into the mark is exactly zero. We need to have some larger balls in this industry when it comes to client-side lameness of this magnitude. Good luck to the winning firm, Linden Common Sense Marketing, in resolving this fiasco with grace.

    Thanks to our friends at Shannon Marketing Communications up North for cluing is in on the story.

    Read more here and here if you want.

  • You Should Know About Runrobot

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    You know what’s cool about Adam Espinoza other than his motion work? He’s the first to acknowledge other people who are killing it in the space he shares. Adam sent Runrobot our way, and it’s pretty damn clear the guy’s got taste too.

    Runrobot is Jean Pichot, original founder of Denver’s Spillt, who broke off from the firm and began his own thing again back in 2007. Anchored in what they call “complicated simplicity,” the firm impresses on a level rarely matched in these parts. Check out their reel right now. And when you need them to turn one of your projects from Who? to Who’s Your Daddy!, you’ll find their info on our Recommended Talent list. Welcome.

  • New Editorial: Swing and a Miss >>

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    Opening Day is Friday. The Rockies performance on the field this year will likely be A LOT better than their new commercials. We hope so anyway.

  • Flying Dog Print Via Mighty Karma

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    Here are two more ads in the Flying Dog Brewery print campaign from Mighty Karma launching in craft beer publications.

  • The Denver Egotist Gut Check

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    We’re nine months into our big experiment here at The Egotist and we’re asking for another gut check from those of you who bother coming back here day after day. Yeah, we know it’s more navel-gazing from us, but deep down we really do want to stay relevant. We’re especially interested in new ideas we could include in Egotist 2.0 as we start refining and adding functionality.

    If you ran this monstrosity of a site, what would you do to make it better? Let us know what you think below. This will be our only post today, so take your time and think about a good response. Later.

  • Adam Singer Updates, Oooooh Doggy

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    Every once in a while, we like to check back in with people we’ve put on our recommended list to make sure they haven’t fallen off the wagon. Adam Singer, local motion graphics master, recently reminded us he put up a new site and reel – so we lent him our eyes and ears.

    Seeing his new work reminded us that if you’ve got it, you pretty much always bring it in this business. And if you don’t, you’ll have to compete your whole life with people who are born with creative chemistry already inside them. Adam’s one of those people. Go drool at what he’s been up to.

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