Cows Aren’t Just For Tipping Anymore

Omaha’s Oxide Design scored with their poster series for Big Omaha, a tech conference conducted in the Silicon Prairie last May. The posters are featured in Communication Art’s Design Annual 50, which arrived in my mailbox yesterday.

Spotlight On NW Creative: Pop Up Retail In The Pearl

Willsonville-based online show merchant, Solestruck, is now doing business face-to-face in Portland’s trendy Pearl District. According to The Oregonian, Bryce Morrow, Solestruck’s director of operations, saw unexpected opportunity in Portland’s retail vacancies, now at 8 percent. “We wouldn’t have done this type of thing two years ago,” he said. “In another two to five years, […]

You Have To Believe

American Express OPEN Forum is presenting an article on the art of sales by Dr. Susan L. Reid, a business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women. Here are Reid’s Five Keys to Making a Sale: 1. Treat your clients with respect, dignity, interest, and care. 2. Forget about rejection. 3. Shine your light. 4. You […]

From Cliff To The Abyss

I, like lots of other folks, was very saddened to hear of the closing of Cliff Freeman & Partners. But what struck me was how few agencies do what Cliff Freeman did–keep a style of advertising for many years, through many clients. No, it didn’t last forever, but can an agency even attempt to create […]

The Carnage From Digital Predators Is Foul Indeed

George Parker is done with Facebook and Twitter, two places where digital scam artists got the best of him. …in the last few days, I have had dozens of emails from very pissed off people asking why I am bombarding them with shitty emails flogging everything from insurance to condoms. Obviously someone has hacked my […]

Stan Richards Pulls A Hal Riney

According to Ad Age, the new Dodge Ram commercial is the first from Richards Group, Dallas, and the voice-over sounds suspiciously like agency founder Stan Richards. The trade mag also points out that the spot will run 190 times this evening alone in prime time across the major TV networks, particularly the World Series on […]

In Texas, It’s Go Big Or Go Home

Nonprofit news site, Texas Tribune, launched yesterday. The development is being covered by media outlets from coast to coast. But some of the best reporting is coming from inside Austin, as it should. Alt weekly, The Austin Chronicle, for instance, points out that there’s a lot of venture capital on the table. Texas Tribune is […]

Cinematographers Drink Guiness

According to Adfreak, AMV BBDO didn’t take many short cuts for this new Guinness ad, called “World,” which breaks today in the U.K. The agency shot in four countries (New Zealand, Canada, Fiji and the U.K.); took three months to build the set for the underwater scene; got army assistance to film the grass-hauling shots […]