A Top Drawer Doggy Ride

Honda’s Element is going to the dogs. Literally. The Japanese automaker is introducing a “Dog Friendly” version of the sport utility vehicle. The concept car features a cushioned pet bed with safety restraints in the cargo area, a spill-resistant water bowl, and even a ventilation fan to keep canines comfortable. A folding ramp gives animals […]

Brands That Do Good Do Well

Ann M. Mack is the director of trendspotting at JWT. Here’s what she’s spotting: Today, thanks to the ubiquity of online technology and a new global-mindedness, people are thinking less about “me” and more about what “we” can do to address the challenges of modern society. This collective consciousness denotes a mind-set that’s particular not […]

Too Cheery? Medicate!

FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

Yet Another Facebook Story: 566% More Time Spent

Brian Morrissey of Adweek has courteously summarized a new 16-page report from Nielsen about how people use the Internet. I’d say this graphic pretty much captures the major media trend of the moment: Morrissey adds: The search for a workable ad model is even more urgent now that social media has broken out of the […]

The Metaphysics of Modern Communications

Josh Spear believes one must understand infinity (no small task) in order to speak persuasively to digital natives. As a ‘born digital’ consumer, I’m engaging with infinity day in and day out. My inbox is never full. I upload as many photos to Facebook as I damn well please. (Facebook by the way is now […]

1-To-Many Times 7 Mil

The people have something to say. Power to the people. That’s the idea I get after looking through “Media Shifts to Social,” a slide show from Netpop Research. According to Netpop, 7 million people in the U.S. contribute content online through six or more activities (uploading photos, publishing blogs, posting ratings/reviews, etc.). These heavy users […]

Ebony And Ivory, Living Together In Commercial Harmony

The increasing trend of multiple ethnicities appearing together in commercials gets a closer look in this AP story: It wasn’t always like this. For much of the past century, “minorities were either invisible in mainstream media, or handed negative roles that generally had them in a subservient position,” says Jerome Williams, a professor of advertising […]

California, Prophet On A Burning Shore

“Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passin slow My time coming, anyday, don’t worry about me, no ” – John Perry Barlow Mark Morford is a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. In his latest piece, he imagines a glorious “green in every way” future for the Golden State. Pot is, […]

Sweet Noise From The Urban Jungle

I remember the first spec ad I ever had designed by a professional. It was for Banana Republic and the headline read, “Clothes for the Urban Jungle.” It looked good, but it didn’t work hard enough as an ad. According to Ad Age, The Gap-owned brand is still working that basic theme, but they’re adding […]

A Mile High But Not Very Deep

“I have seen amazingly creative people come to Denver and begin to coast, and then sink like a stone.” – Felix Every once in a while, Felix at The Denver Egotist likes to really get going on the issues of the day. For some creatives working in Denver’s agency scene, that means trying to measure […]