A Piece Of The AdPulp Story

Designers Who Blog kindly featured AdPulp on their site this week.
Catherine (cat) Morley, blogger and founder of the Katz-i International Web & Graphic Design with operations in SE Asia and the UK, said we need an “About” page, since we weren’t giving her a lot to go on. Her prompting makes me think of a story.
In the spring of 2001, on my 36th birthday no less, Shawn (our publisher) was all of a sudden packing his boxes at Bozell Omaha and headed down the elevator. I had just been fired by Morey Mahoney in Denver six months earlier, so I could relate. I asked if I could help him out to the car with his stuff. He said no.
Minutes later I was summoned to the conference room, where my boss and the HR person were already positioned. “This isn’t personal,” my boss said.
I said, “I can’t believe this. I just moved here for this job.”
Being fired or let go due to loss of business–Bozell had just lost Mutual of Omaha, its biggest client and an account they had held for 50+ years–can be a psychic wound, one that for the most part goes unseen, but nonetheless is always present, like a scar. When a group of people endure these war wounds together in a mass layoff, a bond forms.
You could say AdPulp rose from these very ashes.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.