Any Client Can Score By Running The Digital Media Playbook


I’ve worked for a number of small agencies during my career. And nearly all of them struggled to provide some extra knowledge for their clients. To serve as some sort of trusted advisor, so to speak. Seattle-based Williams-Helde Marketing Communications operates a little differently, bringing to its clients and the public a good repository of […]

The Iceman Cometh (And He Selleth Omni-Heat)

Never want to be cold again? Move near the Equator, buy expensive Omni-Heat gear from Columbia Sportswear, or do as world-record holding Dutchman Wim Hof does and resist cold by concentrating and regulating your breath. According to The New York Times, Columbia introduced heated footwear in 2009, and this fall is adding Omni-Heat Electric jackets, […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Travel Oregon In :15

Wieden + Kennedy has unleashed a series of new shorts for Travel Oregon, one of the agency’s passion plays. I like this campaign a lot. There’s a quiet pride here in Oregon. But W+K is helping to raise the volume a notch, which culturally is an against-the-grain move. Oregonians like to keep Oregon to themselves; […]

Spotlight on NW Creative: A Pulse For The People


I’m still learning the cultural and professional nuances of the Emerald City, but I saw a little bit of the community spirit on display tonight at The Pulse Awards, a new awards show put on by the Puget Sound AMA. What made this show a bit different was not just an emphasis on overall marketing […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: W+K Goes To School With PIE


Teressa Iezzi, former Editor of Creativity, is now working for Fast Company. Her latest piece for the newsstand pub, is a feature on Portland Incubator Experiment, or PIE, a partnership among leading brands, technology innovators, and Wieden+Kennedy. Wieden Portland just announced the winners of its PIE startup contest–nine companies ranging from a finance-focused cloud management […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Jelly Helm at Portland Creative Conference

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Editor’s Note: The following piece was written by Darby Burn Strong, who attended Portland Creative Conference on Saturday at Newmark Theatre in downtown Portland. The organizers kindly provided a press pass, and gladly honored it when Darby showed up in my place. PORTLAND—Unlike many conferences, where frenzied “participants” with bloodshot eyes scurry around maze-like super […]

When Oregon Ducks Quack, The Football World Listens


Sportswriter, Michael Kruse, writing in Grantland, argues that the Oregon Ducks are “college sports’ undisputed champions of the 21st century’s attention economy.” The football Ducks of Oregon are something new. They didn’t get people to watch because they got good. They got good because they got people to watch. “If attention is now at the […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Blaine’s Pretty Profound Non-Billboard

Non-Billboard in Washington

On the outskirts of Blaine, Wash., a small town north of Bellingham, near the Canadian border, is home to this critical-of-advertising art installation from Lead Pencil Studio. Lead Pencil’s Daniel Mihalyo says, “this permanently open aperture between nations works to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond.” “Non-Sign II” […]

Spotlight on NW Creative: adidas Is OG (a.k.a. Original)

adidas America is a Portland player. As such, they’ve hooked up with Stumptown’s Kamp Grizzly, the “creative collective” founded by Daniel Portrait in 2005, in an effort to help promote their Originals line. Kamp Grizzly consists of a core group of nine full-time employees including directors, motion graphics artists, 3D & VFX artists, designers, and […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Digimarc Partners With The Oregonian

Do you use your mobile phone to uncover hidden or extra content? That’s what QR codes are all about but QR codes have yet to catch on in a big way. Regardless, The Oregonian is betting that Digimarc Corporation’s digital watermark technology will enhance their printed paper by offering smart phone users special content they […]