CA Doesn’t Do Best of Show, But We Do

CA’s Advertising Annual has been sitting on my coffee table for more than a week. I finally opened it last night and examined its contents. I have to say, I’m not that impressed with the overall quality of the print work, and I’ve always found it difficult to experience the broadcast winners in a print […]

Haggling For Gold

Metal Potential is a Posterous blog from Rob Schwartz, Chief Creative Officer of TBWA\CHIAT\DAY Los Angeles. In case you’re wondering how Schwartz feels about ad industry awards, take a look at his site’s tagline: “Advertising awards aren’t life and death. They’re much more important than that.” Due to the wedding of “communication + craft” in […]

Iron City Sees Less ADDY Entries

I’ve noted before that in smaller ad markets, the ADDYs can be a big deal and a point of pride in the local business community. But it’s a sign of the times that there’ll be less entries across the country this year for all awards shows. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports: The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation […]

Martin’s MVP Honored By One Club

“Design is thinking made visual.” -Saul Bass Mike Hughes, of The Martin Agency, and the late Saul Bass, a graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, will be inducted into the One Club’s “Creative Hall of Fame” at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Mary Warlick, Chief Executive Officer of […]

Have You Hugged Your Freelancer Today?

Scott Goodson, founder and CEO of StrawberryFrog reflects on his agency’s use of freelance talent, and how it differs from the way mainstream agencies hire freelancers. We worked with some of the best talent – all out of courage while the corporate agencies used them out of fear, never willingly admitting that they had freelancers […]

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.

ADC Is On To You

At 89 years old, Art Directors Club–”the first international creative collective of its kind”–has been around the block a few times and seen a shenanigan or two. So stopping scam ads shouldn’t be a problem for the group that awards ADC Cubes for “brilliant creative work” each year. ADC wants to make two points clear: […]

You’ve Done The Work. Now Decide The Jury.

I’m not a big fan of industry award shows. But The Andy Awards are bringing a new twist in 2010 that’s well worth noting. Via Elect the Jury, the Andys aims to provide “the first globally crowd-sourced group of judges, that truly represents where we are headed as an industry.” As you can see in […]

Turning Hard Work Into Hardware

If you’re searching for the agencies with the largest trophy cases, here’s a good place to begin. Creativity compiled results from six leading awards shows–ADC, AICP, ANDYS, Cannes, Clios, D&AD and One Show–to come up with this top ten list of most awarded agencies in the world.

Crap On A Stick, Cont.

As you know, we like to give out specially made awards to deserving ads. The Bud Light ad above is the lucky recipient of AdPulp’s Most Creative Use of a Bassett Hound In A Beer Ad. Congrats to all involved!