• Hire This Guy: Eric Tobias—Production Artist Extraordinaire

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    Eric Tobias knows his shiznit when it comes to print production. You can see it in his work, some of which is displayed below. He earned his chops actually running Heidelberg Quickmaster digital presses for almost three years before transitioning into pre-press. He’s been doing that for the last seven years, the last two on-staff at Communiqué. He’s highly proficient with CS3 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat) and Quark.

    Ultimately Eric is looking for a full time position, but if all you have is freelance to offer right now, contact him and get him working to make your final work shine. You can contact him at etobias [at] earthlink [dot] net. Let’s keep this cat busy.

    (Click on images to see more detail.)

  • Banksy tells it straight

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    Balls to the artists. Balls!

  • I'm An Ass Man Buttons

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    Here’s some more homegrown design swag centered around the DNC. This 1.5-inch, round hipster button is available from Secret Design Shop, self-described as, a small, exclusive, secret, digital design collective. We make stuff, and things, and junk, and whatever. We’re all “classically educated” and “real world” tempered. We’ve got 99 problems, but design ain’t one. We’re full-on digital cowboys. We embrace user centered design in all its modern guises. We have day jobs. We’re design snobs. We can tell you what that font is. We thrive on helping our clients solve problems.

    And we make all kinds of fly shit.

    $1.00 each! Come and get ‘em.

    (Thanks for the link, Ivy)

  • Great Idea For World Wildlife Fund

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    We pulled this ambient execution Advantage Advertising in Jakarta, Indonesia created for the World Wild Life Fund. According to the posting, Indonesia is home to 6 out of 7 of the world’s turtle species. Today, however, less than 20% of the turtle population remains. Every day, turtle eggs are stolen and eaten, turtles are killed and made into soup or satay, and turtle meat and shells are illegally exported to other countries.

    These little turtles are placed in the chopsticks on the tables of local restaurants to call attention to the problem. Unfortunately, the copy on the back doesn’t communicate this. Without the diner knowing why the turtles don’t survive, the connection isn’t made as to why the turtle is in their chopsticks. And what could have been a killer piece (no pun intended), is just another great idea that fell flat in execution. Sad, because we really loved the concept.

  • In The Egotist Inbox: A Brian Wilkens Film

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    Brian Wilkens, from The Integer Group, sent us this fun little film inspired by the entry deadline extension for The Denver 50. (The deadline is now this Friday, August 29th.)

    As Brian explained, he just really wanted to make a mumblecore -inspired horror film. The deadline extension just provided the subject matter.

    The dialogue tends to get stiff (Brian admitted he’s no actor), especially when they are trying to work in the topic of The Denver 50, and the build-up is much better than the payoff. That said, overall it’s a fun little piece, and we commend Brian for taking the time and effort to play. We should all take note. In this business, actually doing is how we hone our craft – and in a city where broadcast opportunities are the exception, it’s great to see someone making their own. Who knows, this short flick could mark the beginning of Brian’s movie making career, and we can all say we knew him when.

    Two things we thought were extremely well done were the filming/editing by Ricardo Cozzolino and the bridge section where there wasn’t much dialogue (1:50–2:19). This little snippet perfectly captures the true essence of the concepting session.


  • The Denver Post on The Denver Egotist

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    One of the blogs at The Denver Post just interviewed us on our views on Denver’s creative, its suckiness and our theory on how it can suck less. Check it out.

    BSOA: Why is “attempting to help denver suck less, daily” your tagline?

    TDE: Back when we started our site in July 2007, 416 days ago today, we put up a post that summarized our reasoning for The Denver Egotist’s existence. That post is here for reference.

    To summarize, the creators of our site were off doing very creative things in very creative cities. We returned to Denver for individual reasons and collectively found Colorado dreadfully uninspiring and lethargic in its creative output.

    Everyone worked in a silo. Everyone was fiercely protective of their work, afraid some other agency might sneak in and steal their clients. Everyone was looking inward for inspiration, instead of looking outward at shops in their own city and to the world beyond. There was no collective dialog or driver of provoking thought. Denver sucked. We wanted to create a place to open the eyes of the creative class and show them the bar they need to hit to play on a larger stage – and become the city we think we can become.

    Also, “Helping Denver suck more, daily” was already taken by Upper Colfax Redlighters, LLC. We checked.

    Keep going. We’ve only just begun.

  • New Editorial: Manifest Hope Gallery Review >>

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    Sunday was the official media preview of the Manifest Hope Gallery at 2990 Larimer Street. The Denver Egotist was there, and you can read about it for yourself. Be sure to check out the images from the show at the end of the editorial.

    Here’s a shot of one of the rooms. That’s Shepard Fairey’s work dominating the center of the room.

  • New Editorial: Monday's Advertising We Hate: Nationwide Sanjaya >>

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    To start off every new week in a bright, sunny way, we’re doing a new column called Monday’s Advertising We Hate. Nationwide’s Sanjaya spot starts us off.

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