Get Real

Yesterday, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the tanking market for Swiss watches, and how the manufacturer of one luxury brand is sending their ace consultant around to instruct retailers in the art of selling “pure fantasy,” which is something we know a lot about in advertising. Yet, many of us […]

Who Are You?

People have flaws, but sometimes flaws are beautiful. That’s the message Tara Hunt is putting out. We love people who represent the ideal, the perfect, the imperfectly perfect, the happy, the successful, the amazing, positive, go-for-it, wa-hoo in life. And I’m not saying those people don’t exist. They just don’t exist as much as we […]

Bad Practices May Lead To Identity Correction

The Yes Men is a movie from United Artists (that we watched last night), but it’s also more than that. The Yes Men are activists that go well beyond what’s captured on film. The group, led by Mike Bonnano and Andy Bichlbaum, engages in “identity correction,” a term they coined to describe their process of […]

Brains In Front of the Firecam

The crew at Brains on Fire reveal themselves:

Coming To The Big Screen This Fall

On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect it is having on our society as seen through the eyes of the greatest Internet pioneer youve never heard of, visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade, to […]

Willis Tower? That’s Like Calling Deep Dish “Cheezy Pizza”

The corporate naming game has run amok for years, but the recent name change from “Sears Tower” to “Willis Tower” in Chicago has touched a nerve. Or 96,814 nerves, as the case may be–that’s how many people on Facebook don’t like the idea. Another 48,747 on have signed a petition to bring back the […]

New Looks for Public Works

Rob Walker drew my attention to the Obama administration’s recent branding efforts for The Recovery. Portland’s Aaron Draplin, who loves early 20th century design (appropriately enough) helped make the DOT logo.

Whole Lotta Moanin’ Goin’ On

I learned many moons ago not to build your brand on word play, because that’s what the brand becomes known for–the word play, not the service or product offering at hand. clearly hasn’t heard this line of thinking, or the decision makers at the company don’t buy it for they’re coming to market with […]