• Wearing Freelance Pants #3, By Eric Kiker >>

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    Maybe his finest advice so far, applicable to anyone working in the biz.

  • An Egotist Epiphany

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    It’s funny when you start a site like this, beginning with nothing but a big idea you think deserves to see the light of day. Something worth working on for eight months before it pops its head above the soil.

    It’s like any brand or any agency starting out, really. You form your strategy. Your voice. Draw your line in the sand for what you stand for. Then the grind begins, churning out countless amounts of information every day – seeking to inspire your audience to do better. To think bigger. To grow stronger.

    And one day you look back at your strategy, at your voice and at the line you drew in the sand and you realize you might have stepped over that line at some point.

    Tell us where we need to go from here.

  • Helvetica Film Review

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    Local motion and graphic designer Heather Crank saw Helvetica at the Myan last night. Here’s her take on it.

    A topic that could seem dull to anyone that isn’t a type geek was engaging and informative. This is a documentary that stands on its own merit and could appeal to designers and non-designers alike. Produced and directed by Gary Hustwit, the film travels to the United States, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. A whole story unfolds with each interview spanning the history of Helvetica and typography in general. The documentary takes on a life of its own, polarizing the designers/typographers into two camps – haters and lovers of Helvetica. Gary profiles not only interesting personalities, but some of their design work as well. In the clean confined world that Helvetica inhabits, Mr. Hustwit shows the emotional responses to something that is supposed to be banal. I’d like to see Mr. Hustwit tackle a documentary on “watching paint dry,” he just might make it seem interesting.

    Some of the interviewee’s were: Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, Hermann Zapf, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm, Alfred Hoffmann, Mike Parker, Bruno Steinert, Otmar Hoefer, Leslie Savan, Rick Poynor, and Lars Müller.

    You can see more about this film at www.helveticafilm.com. The DVD release is in three weeks, though the Netflicks version won’t have the extra DVD features.

  • Speedball's Letter To Customer Service >>

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    Look out, corporate bastards. Speedball’s demanding better.

  • Know Any Worthy PR People?

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    We admit our list of recommended PR firms and freelancers in the Denver-metro is looking pretty deflated. Alright, it’s flat dead. Got any suggestions for PR wizards we should let the rest of the city know about? Throw ‘em down below.

  • Creative Crackdown, Reed Hill Book Cover >>

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    Poignant new book cover up and ready for your comments.

  • You Should Know About John A. Jenson

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    Do you ever wonder what prevented you from winning a pitch? Or why a client who seems to have their brain on the same page as you keeps killing the great work you present? Or why clients seem to lose interest in your agency and start getting wandering eyes even when you are producing killer work together? It may well be the way you come off when you’re presenting – every time you speak to them.

    John A. Jenson is a communication and presentation coach who’s been used as a secret weapon by major CEO’s for years to help them give the perfect pitch. Oh, we know you’re a bad ass who’s above being coached. But, seriously, you’re not – especially for those huge pitches that might put you on a national stage – forget about this measly city of Denver we live in.

    Jenson’s coaching isn’t just for the big players in the big situations. Aside from personal sessions, he offers classes for those who are constantly interacting with clients inside your shop to help them be their best too. Think it can’t make a difference? John may have a thing or two to say about that. He’s the newest addition to The Denver Egotist’s list of Recommended Resources. Take advantage of what he has to offer.

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