One Man, Many Missions – Aaron Draplin on Life, Design and Making Things The Right Way

PORTLAND–An overflow crowd of designers, ad people, snowboarders and other Stumptown characters packed “The Cleaners” at the Ace Hotel last night to hear from Portland-based designer Aaron Draplin, 36, of Draplin Design Company (DDC). The event was hosted by AIGA and 52 Ltd. Draplin is a big man and his work is even bigger. The […]

Agency Owners (and Managers), Check This List Twice

Peleg Top of Top Design, writing in the December issue of HOW, offers creative agency owners 10 tips on what NOT to do. (Editor’s note: HOW doesn’t offer its magazine content online, or I would link to it.) Here’s his list: Mistake #1: Not having a marketing plan. Mistake #2: Not priming the pump. Mistake […]

The Climate For Change Is Heating Up

The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) is taking place at Bella Center in Copenhagen right now. To raise global awareness for the climate change issue, the UN is working with the International Advertising Association to rebrand the famous Danish city during the Conference. From December 7 -18, Copenhagen is Hopenhagen. Ogilvy, OgilvyEarth, OgilvyPR, […]

Why Make Ads When You Can Inspire Art Projects?

La Comunidad/Miami and Buenos Aires is producing 40 original art and video shorts for the pan-Latin American audience on behalf for Converse. “Art has always been a great source of inspiration in our culture. This Converse project plays to our strengths as an agency, as it gave everyone in our three offices the chance to […]

Portland’s Other Powerhouse, Ziba Design, Helping Take China’s Top Sports Brand To The Next Level

I was intrigued by a four paragraph story in The Oregonian today. Here it is, in part: Li Ning Co., China’s largest footwear and apparel maker, plans to open a Portland store in January that will be its first outlet outside Asia. Li Ning already has a research and development center in the Pearl District. […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Blackbox Republic

Portland startup, Blackbox Republic, is a new social dating site that claims it can help you, “Find people who love you back. Friends, lovers, soul-mates, and fellow booty-shakers.” According to The Oregonian, Blackbox launched its service yesterday and is “a members-only, fee-based alternative to social networking sites like Facebook and online dating sites like Match.com.” […]

The End

According to The New York Times, CBS is canceling “As the World Turns,” the 54-year-old soap that is the last daytime serial owned by Procter & Gamble. The show’s audience, which exceeded six million viewers a week in the 1990s, has drawn less than 2.5 million so far this season. The show chronicled generations of […]

John The Giant

As we know, Diageo’s Johnnie Walker likes to walk (his penchant for a stroll is, in fact, built right into the logo). From the looks of it, Walker’s spokespersons do too. Thanks to the brand’s investment in content, whiskey fans can “take an inspirational Walk with Giants.” Specifically, John Hegarty of BBH, Richard Branson of […]