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Design Competitions from Adweek, Communication Arts and Fast Company Open for Entries


Several very prestigious design awards programs are currently open for entries – I thought you would appreciate the heads-up, and some brief details.

As one of the most sought-after design awards in the business world, Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation By Design Awards will honor the designers and businesses solving today’s and tomorrow’s problems. Now in its fifth year, the competition has put the spotlight on a broad spectrum of companies, ranging from blue-chips to scruffy startups and hungry young talents. Read more

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Deadline approaches for 2016 Chip Shop Awards

About 13 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 2016 Chip Shop Awards will close on April 1. Here’s what you should know. Read more

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Awwwards Conference Update: Amsterdam and New York City

Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s premier website competitions, Awwwards aims to recognize and promote the best of innovative web design and the talent and efforts of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world.

At Awwwards Conferences held each year in the planet’s most iconic cities, digital architects, pixel visionaries and curators of dreams come together to share their best-kept secrets and unveil their keys to success. Read more

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53rd New York Film Festival

Now celebrating its 53rd anniversary, the New York Film Festival has firmly established its legacy as the city’s premiere showcase for the best new cinema from around the world. All the excitement for the renowned event’s 53rd edition kicked off at Lincoln Center on 25 Sept., and the festivities will run on through 11 October.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to Read more

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Best-case scenario: Kathryn Hempel, Cutters Studios

Generally speaking, on the best days, my job breaks down to a careful balance of art and craft. I’m hoping that this art/craft angle will be an interesting way to talk about some others I admire, and what we’re achieving together. Due to the uncommon success of our joint efforts, I’m choosing Kathryn Hempel and all her colleagues at Cutters Studios as the perfect subjects to explore a new variation on the classic case study, which I’m calling a “Best-Case Scenario.”

With love to director Brad Tucker for putting us all in contact, a lot went into making Cutters Studios a solid fit for me when we joined forces last year. The very first “Cutters” commercial editorial facility had opened in Chicago 34 years earlier, but by January 2014, the parent Cutters Studios group was also operating studios in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City and Tokyo… spanning all aspects of commercial production, post-production and creative development. Relatively soon after partnering up, I learned about the Always #likeagirl campaign that Kathryn was editing for Leo Burnett and Chelsea Pictures director Lauren Greenfield, and I had a chance to counsel everyone on all the ways we might use PR to promote the work and everyone behind it.

By then, I already had a very good sense of what sets Cutters apart: Read more

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ADCOLOR Conference, Awards and excitement hit NYC 16-19 Sep.


This week, the ninth annual ADCOLOR(R) Industry Conference and Awards will rock Chelsea Piers, uniting leaders and change-makers from the advertising, marketing, media and communications industries to rise up and reach back in countless exciting and vitally important ways. A 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, ADCOLOR champions diversity and inclusion in creative industries. The schedule is filled with festive and formal social engagements advancing ADCOLOR’s vibrant FUTURES program, with gala conference events running through Saturday. As highlighted below, many of those are awards-focused, set to honor dozens of amazing people. To learn more and register to attend, visit http://adcolor.org.

Here are just some of the 2015 ADCOLOR Award honorees and nominees. Read more

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Rihanna and The Uprising Creative bring important message to MTV’s Music Video Awards

When directors Darren Craig, Jonathan Craven and Jeff Nicholas from integrated creative + production company The Uprising Creative got together with Rihanna earlier this year to discuss a music video for the artist’s new “American Oxygen” single, everyone came away with some very inspired ideas. “We wanted to showcase both the positive and the negative,” the directors explained when the video was finally released widely in mid-April. “The struggles within the country and the ones those outside the country face in coming here; the dark side of the positive and the light side of the negative.”

Well before then, the powerful images of Rihanna performing in front of a giant American flag received international attention when they were used by the NCAA as a central part of the organization’s high-profile on-air campaign promoting March Madness all across the country. The video was officially released exclusively on Tidal in early April, where it ran for a full week before hitting Vevo and YouTube.

With well over 100 million views between Vevo and YouTube alone, the project has obviously drawn in a massive audience. This weekend, it’s up for a coveted MTV Video Music Award, in the Video With a Social Message category. Read more

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Sharing Secrets: 2015 Cannes Lions Live Sessions of the Day

It’s going to be an exciting week for me, even though I will once again miss attending the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently shaping-up in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 21-27 June has teamed-up with Mindshare and YouTube to provide one live-streamed session every day over the next week, beginning today. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… so new videos will go live here over the days ahead. Hopefully these presentations – streamed in real-time for a global audience – will be rich with valuable secrets and insights.

Here is the complete rundown of the sessions that were chosen by almost 20,000 voters: Read more

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Artists: Submit to The Blooom Award by Warsteiner by 31 July

You don’t have to be a fan of beer to love Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately owned brewery, which has now been owned and operated by the Cramer family for 262 years. Brauerei Warsteiner has had a close relationship with the arts for more than thirty years – starting with Andy Warhol, who immortalized the Warsteiner Pilsner glass to help launch the Warsteiner Art Collection. In 2010, Warsteiner established The Blooom Award to offer young creatives in Germany a chance to get their start in the international art market. Since 2012, the competition has been opened up to artists all around the world in the fields of art, design, urban art and film. Applications are due by 31 July. Read more

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Insights into AICP’s 2015 celebration of creativity

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) is about to light the fuse on what is sure to be one of this year’s most celebrated creative industry gatherings. To connect and secure tickets to all events, be sure to visit AICP Base Camp – physically located at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater at 137 W. 26th Street in NYC. Operating during business hours June 2-4, Base Camp will serve as AICP Week information central, host many discussions and panels and feature numerous sponsor lounges. Read more

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