Attention Patchouli Loving Graphic Designers

The Bonnaroo Music Festival is looking for submissions to create a Bonnaroo logo or design. Take a little time to show us what you’ve got, and we may use your artwork for some Bonnaroo merchandise. There are no guidelines for the actual artwork, except that it have some tie to The Bonnaroo Music Festival. Please […]

Can Creativity Be Taught In Schools?

This article in BusinessWeek doesn’t deal with creativity as the advertising business knows it, but the idea that kids today need to be taught to be innovative thinkers. In an interview with Sir Ken Robinson, he talks about the importance of nurturing innovative solutions in the classroom: Creativity is the latest buzzword in the corporate […]

A-B Peels Out

From Star-Telegram: Anheuser-Busch Cos., the United States’ biggest beer maker, next month plans to roll out Peels, a line of fizzy, alcoholic fruit drinks in such flavors as strawberry with passion fruit and cranberry with peach. The St. Louis company recently invited editors at some of the nation’s top women’s magazines for free manicures and […]

Bay Area Bubble Blowers

According to Silicon Beat, Vizu, a San Francisco-based start-up that does interactive Web-based polling, has raised $1 million in a first round of funding. John Keehler of Random Culture says, “When a company that produces web-based polls can get 1 million in funding, we’re in a bubble.” That may be, or the people at Vizu […]

“Lay Of The Land” By Hugh MacLeod

Doodle courtesy of Hugh MacLeod For more on the long tail, see Chris Anderson’s bloggy goodness. I think we already know all there is to know about evil big heads.

Post Post-Modernism: The Art Of Branding

From Los Angeles Times: Here in remote West Texas, where rodeo means bulls and broncos, is a tiny store adorned with canvas awnings carrying the logo of the Italian fashion house Prada. On view inside are 20 women’s shoes and half a dozen handbags — some in the four-figure price range. But the “store” is […]

Conservative Governor Ignores Pleas From Outoor Advertising Lobby

From The State: South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford, vetoed a bill meant to prevent local governments from removing billboards that don’t comply with city or county laws. In a letter to House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, Sanford said he vetoed the bill because it favors the outdoor advertising industry over other types of businesses and […]

Starcom Has The Star Power

From Lewis Lazare: Macy’s department store chain, a division of Federated Department Stores, has completed a national media-buying agency review and named Starcom USA/Chicago, as the retailer’s first national planning and buying agency, effective immediately. Starcom’s assignment includes more than $200 million a year in media planning and buying for Macy’s television, radio, print, out-of-home […]

Sexually Explicit Double Entendre

In the sexually repressed North American nation where I reside, alcohol advertisements can not make claims that one’s sexual attractiveness or performance will be heightened by the selection of the correct beer, wine or spirit. Apparently, Japan has no such controls. Witness this Ogilvy Japan ad for Corona: In case you missed it, the copy […]

If You’re Serious About Transparency, Try Public Office Space

Prime Pearl Street “office space” Om Malik’s place has a guest piece from Jackson West. Mr. West’s topic is coffee houses as Web 2.0 office spaces. Forget Palo Alto garages — San Francisco coffee shops are where to get your startup off the ground. Internet cafes are emerging as an important place to get work […]