Attempting to Help Denver Suck Less, Daily

A friend and former colleague from Integer Denver wrote to me today about The Denver Egotist, a new market-specific ad blog with mile high ambitions.
Here’s what the site’s anonymous editor is thinking:

The Denver Egotist Manifesto
In order to promote creative growth in Denver, one must admit the city is conceptually stunted. It’s not on the tip of any tongues, and for good reason. Safe solutions, droll concepts. It is our belief, as creative participants in this city, that the opportunity for change lies at our feet and that it can happen by challenging one another, by holding each other accountable for our work, and by hiring and promoting local talent. This is our attempt to foster big ideas and radical thinking on a local level. To remind us all why we love this job. This is The Denver Egotist, a means to an end.

In a post from 24 days ago, titled “Coming Home to Denver,” the writer compares Denver to Los Angeles. “L.A. is a creative circus. Denver is a one-armed clown juggling for street change.” That may be a bit harsh, but it’s wise to honestly critique the situation before attempting to administer an effective remedy.



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 head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.