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Each April, hundreds of international creatives converge on Miami Beach to celebrate their inner artists at North America’s most inspiring beachside creative festival. While ADC has been honoring artistry and craftsmanship in the fields of advertising, design, photography, illustration, digital and motion graphics for nearly a century, 2013 brought renewed commitment to this mission with the birth of the ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design. Read more

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Beginning in the afternoon on Thursday, 16 April, and running on through mid-day on Saturday the 18th, you are invited to join the thought leaders behind daily news site PSFK.com and PSFK Labs in a dazzling array of events designed to present better ways to live, work and play. With programming featuring special tours and workshops, the core experience is Friday’s full day of eye-opening talks from a carefully curated lineup of designers, artists, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Thematically centered around PSFK’s new Live, Work, Play Better report, the assembled experts will reveal emerging trends while immersing the audience in new ideas focused on driving meaningful change. Read more

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Preparing its April 9-12 return to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival recently released its full schedule, all of which is dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Showcasing more than 100 films from established and emerging filmmakers, as well as numerous discussions and panels, this intimate Southern setting will once again immerse attendees in essential conversations and interactions between filmmakers, the film and television industries and film-loving members of the public.

Presented by Duke University, Full Frame is a key program of the Center for Documentary Studies non-profit organization. Serving the documentary form and its community, this festival enhances public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its significance each and every year, making non-fiction films more accessible to a wider audience. Read more

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Featured Image: Scottsdale’s Troon North Golf Club, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

We hope you enjoy this April image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar. Read more

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April 2015 Desktop Calendar

Posted on 03.31.15

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About a dozen years ago, the UK’s most visited marketing news publication The Drum launched a very special awards program which has done much more than just stand up over time; with each passing year, it is proving to be of increasing importance. Well known as the only creative awards scheme with neither rules nor boundaries, the submission window for the 2015 Chip Shop Awards will close on April 2. Here’s what you should know. Read more

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As I write these words connecting to this year’s worldwide efforts commemorating World Water Day, I’m already thinking ahead to the 2016 edition. That’s because of a story I just read in Inhabitat making the case that California – which according to the LA Times is experiencing its warmest winter in at least 120 years – may have only a single year of water left. When I’ve focused on this event in the past, difficulties arising around the world’s supply of clean water have seemed much further away from touching my way of life. Clearly, water conservation and its management need to be priorities for us all.

Of course, research already tells us that 750 million people lack access to safe water, and that every minute, at least one child dies due to water-related illness. Whether you’re concerned about the issues being faced by people in America or in other parts of the world, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Read more

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I had some very good luck in my budding career about 22 years ago, when many disparate activities started leading in some positive directions for me. One of those new avenues was my first gig as a television writer, which came about because of prolific producer, director and videographer Randy Baker. Although that project never quite made it on the air, it led to a lot of collaborations with Randy over the next several years, all of which impacted me profoundly.

Before any of that happened, back when I was still a student at the University of Central Florida and president of the film club, Randy was one of the esteemed guest speakers I’d invited in. Already well known for his career achievements and knowledge, Randy’s knack for stepping forward as a local industry leader was in many ways just getting started. So all those years later when I was concepting shows, writing business plans, grant proposals and news releases and doing audio for him on shoots, he was also teaching me what it meant to be productive, to be a leader, to earn money, and to live as a freelance business professional. Read more

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The noble history of International Women’s Day began on March 19, 1911, when a million women and men in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland first united for a day honoring women’s equal participation in society. Today, it’s my privilege to embrace gender equality as part of my standing commitment to recognizing, celebrating and raising awareness for issues that are vital for women. For information on International Women’s Day events happening all around the world, please visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com.

Just in case you may be unfamiliar with it, I’m also seizing the occasion to call your attention to the MAKERS digital and video storytelling platform. Representing the most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled, this AOL and PBS co-production aims to tell the stories of the women who make America. Through its films, events and activities, the initiative is illuminating groundbreaking women who have sparked change, pioneered new fields of opportunity and blazed new trails… while also spotlighting ladies who are currently driving social change. Read more

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Featured Image: Santa Monica Color Wash, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

We hope you enjoy this March image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar.

Click the image above to download a high-res March 2015 calendar for your desktop.

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March 2015 Desktop Calendar

Posted on 02.27.15

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I love finding people who are so successful in business that I learn great deals and become inspired just by reading their blogs and following them on social media. A few years ago when I was getting up-to-speed for a new client based in Brooklyn, I learned about venture capitalist Charlie O’Donnell, who founded the seed-stage investment firm Brooklyn Bridge Ventures in 2012. I’ve been doing my best to keep up with Charlie ever since! Here’s an introduction to his background from his personal This Is Going to be Big blog, where he’s been writing about sales, hiring, the venture business, startup communities and New York in his very straightforward, no-BS style for over 10 years.

Charlie is a partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures working on very early stage investments in the Greater Brooklyn area, which also includes Manhattan and the other boroughs of New York City. He was previously with First Round Capital, where he sourced the firm’s investments in GroupMe (sold to Skype), Backupify, chloe + isabel, Refinery29, Docracy, Singleplatform, and Salescrunch. Read more

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Tommy Ewasko, Imagemaker Extraordinaire…

Posted on 12.14.09

Video: Trailer written, produced and edited by Roger Darnell. Imagery copyright Tommy Ewasko: All rights reserved. [watch video]

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