Archives for May 2010

CNN Makes Artful Use Of Tape To Make Its Point In Berlin

Agency: Heimat, Berlin Tape Art Design and Installation: El Bocho For more information on the Berlin Wall, see this useful timeline.

Cover Your Niche Better Than They Do, And They’ll Pay You

You know how Venture Beat, ReadWriteWeb and GigaOm have content partnerships with The New York Times? Right. Now Silicon Prairie News has a similar content deal with Omaha World Herald. Readers of’s Money section can now access articles originally published on Silicon Prairie News founders Dusty Davidson and Jeff Slobotski said earlier this […]

Corporate 3 Design Makes Websites That Work

I’m back in Portland today after a six day trip to Omaha. It’s good to be home, and it was good to be home. As many of you already know, I’m from Omaha and I worked there from December 2000 to July 2002. Some of the relationships formed at that time are special to me […]

Rock Star and Anti Rock Star: Perfect Molecular Opposites

Here’s a new TV spot from Young & Rubicam for music channel VH1 in Latin America. I can’t say I understand the ending, but I do like the copy and the dramatic pace of the spot.

On The Way Forward, MadMensch Takes Us Back

Howie Cohen is partner and Chief Creative Officer of The Phelps Group in Santa Monica, California. He’s also a Clio Hall of Fame honored copywriter famous for Alka Seltzer’s “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” and “Try it, you’ll like it.” As you might imagine, Cohen has some stories to tell and now, […]

BP Greases The Palms Of Fla. Agencies And Media Firms

I’m not sure which ad agencies and/or media outlets will be the beneficiaries, but BP Is giving the state of Florida $25 million to entice people to the beach this summer. has more: Glenn Hastings, executive director of the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, said Monday that the money would be used by […]

There’s No Excuse For Dirty Water

I’m often thinking about, writing about and talking about how advertising can be put to good use by conscious brands. Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, and speaker at Big Omaha yesterday, gets that and it’s a huge help to his organization and the righteous cause it supports. I don’t love the spot above, but […]

Big Omaha Has Heart, Like The City And Scene It Serves

OMAHA–It’s a sunny Saturday morning. The Old Market farmer’s market is in full swing and once again laptop- and iPad-toting creatives, entrepreneurs and VCs are gathering in the grand room at Kaneko for Big Omaha. Kaneko is a special space and one of the many reasons Big Omaha is already becoming a premier destination for […]