Spotlight on NW Creative: Hammy’s Pizza

Hammy’s Pizza in Southeast Portland is not the perfect place for pompous snobs to eat. Hammy’s Pizza ‘Pompous Snob Intro’ from Brian Belefant on Vimeo. Portland actor Christopher Toyne portrays the antithesis of Hammy’s target — rich, elderly, and erudite — and he tries to convince viewers that he’s far too superior to enjoy Hammy’s […]

B Movie Archtype Used To Promote Flavored Top Shelf Vodka

According to Brandfreak, Quentin Tarantino is back with this short film Lemon Drop, a 10-minute webvertainment venture by TBWA\Chiat\Day on behalf of Absolut’s lemony brand. But Brandweek jests, this branded short was actually directed by Traktor. Whoever made it and however derivative it is, will this effort sell more Absolut Lemon vodka? That’s what the […]

Will The Real Joan Holloway Please Stand And Face The Camera

Adrants is reporting that there’s a search on for a Mad Men-like ad agency willing to open its doors to a reality television crew. Here’s the casting call: Major network television production company is casting for a new series surrounding the lives based around the hottest Ad Agencies in America. Looking for MAD MEN type […]

The ATL Gets An Egotist Boost

Atlanta has always been a bit of an anemic market for ad agencies. Many great talented creatives got a start here by going through The Creative Circus and The Portfolio Center. But few agencies here, if any, have done consistently great work and grown sufficiently to become influential in the city or the industry. So […]

Toyota Courts Hispanics Who Show Their Pride

With all the anti-illegal immigration fervor in the country right now, somebody’s not gonna like this. MediaPost reports on Toyota’s latest venture to reach out to Hispanics: The effort, “Somos Muchos Latinos. Somos Muchos Toyota” (“Somos muchos” means “We are many “) focuses on a series of 100 or so limited-edition decals specific to dozens […]

There’s “The Work” And There’s Work, The Latter Fuels The Former

People who work in advertising often held very different jobs before entering the business. Some drove a cab, others sold bonds on Wall Street. There are as many migration stories as there are ad people. Sometimes, the early experience informs one’s ad career, other times people are just happy to have an ad career. Best […]

That’s What The Money’s For

Writer and Cultural Curator, Maria Popova, writing on Design Observer argues eloquently against our industry’s time-honored practice of insider back-slapping. Unfortunately, much of the creative industry — design and advertising in particular, but also photography, literature, the art world — has become an industry of ego. And its currency is industry awards. Awards are awful. […]

Fans And Their Teams Are Woven Together, But Laces Sometimes Come Undone

Lewis Lazare of Chicago Sun Times says a new Bears ad campaign from Two by Four tries to suggest the close connection between the team and the city it calls home. At the opposite end of the spectrum is a bitch slap of a story from John Canzano of The Oregonian, regarding the city of […]