I’m not sure of its exact origin, but I’m indebted to ESPN SportsCenter star Stuart Scott for introducing me to this phrase: “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” Today is Thanksgiving Day here in America, and on the occasion, I am feeling deeply grateful.
Like many other entrepreneurs in America and elsewhere, I find a great deal to be thankful for in my occupation. Writing for OnStartups.com, Dharmesh Shah has posted an excellent short article entitled “12 Things Entrepreneurs Should Be Thankful For,” which I encourage everyone to read.
Among the story’s growing list of comments, here are a few of my favorites. Read more
Monday is Veteran’s Day here in America, and it’s a day of honor and celebration that has its roots in “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918, when Germany signed the Armistice to end World War I. I have written before about what this day means to me personally, and since America’s businesses are made up of its citizens, it’s natural that our esteem for our military veterans is the inspiration for many types of related cause-marketing campaigns, including those detailed last year at this time by Stuart Elliott of The New York Times.
Although my military service was during the relatively peaceful era of 1985 to 1990, it still was not all that easy. I know firsthand about the dread of boot camp, and the difficulty of enduring even basic training… but to me, my motivation was clear: I wanted to serve my country. Through those experiences and others, I came to have ultimate respect for those who have gone far beyond “basic training” to become the Marines, the SEALS, and other elite members of our special forces… whose bravery and daily commitments are seemingly made of granite. It is nearly impossible to duly honor them and express the appreciation they deserve.
Below, I am very proud to share the touching personal message I received from my cousin, whose son graduated around this time in 2011 as a Navy SEAL. Throughout the ordeal of her son’s training, we received updates of the harrowing experiences — one after the other — that this young man, and others like him, were willingly facing in order to serve our country. He was literally knocked back time and again, and each time, he stepped back up with even more determination; he never gave up, and today, his dream of being one of America’s finest and best trained specialists is a reality. And like everyone who wears a military uniform, ultimately, he did all of this to serve us.
As you read this and otherwise participate in Veterans Day in your chosen ways, please think of those young people who have dedicated their lives to the military, and consider reaching out somehow to let them know you appreciate them. Also, I invite you to learn more about the Wounded Warriors Project, and consider making a donation. Thank you! Read more
My friend Åsk “Dabitch” Wäppling founded Adland as an old-fashioned website back in the spring of 1996, with the core idea being, “to bitch, rant and gossip about advertising while collecting ads of all media for reference, and gather all likeminded adgrunts to join in while showing off their ad-work.” Dabitch still works as an advertising Art Director by day, nerd by night. Just a few years back, she was featured in a story by Chris Campaner for Ad Buzz entitled “The World’s Very First Advertising Blog.” I also recently discovered this in-depth profile from CreativeInterviews.com: Åsk ‘Dabitch’ Wäppling. Here is an excerpt: Read more
This month, the principals of global creative agency ATTIK have welcomed several very high-profile new talents. Following recent account wins, the agency has added digital creative director Balind Sieber, senior interactive producers Mark Campbell and Alex Lee Barlow, digital account supervisor Lauren Birnbaum, and senior digital account manager Lana Chan.
ATTIK’s CEO Ric Peralta: “Each of these talented individuals was highly sought-after by our industry peers. We are happy to have them join and help lead ATTIK into the constantly evolving areas where we find ourselves. With their positive energy and optimism, qualified by unmatched professional experience, each of them stands to play a key role in future ATTIK engagements.”
The full news release is here: http://bit.ly/ATTIK131 I’m also very proud to share Balind’s video explaining Social Objects, and his introduction.
ATTIK’s Digital Creative Director Balind Sieber: “Social objects are the foundation of social networks. They’re a core principle to understanding how and why people interact and the pillar of a creative strategy.”
November 4-6, join the talents behind Event Marketer Magazine and the Event Marketing Summit for the third-annual EventTech, the world’s only conference and exposition focused on using social media and technology to optimize events and trade shows. Join hundreds of marketers from across the Fortune 1,000 and the best marketing agencies in Las Vegas for quick-dives into the latest technologies, the hottest trends and the most important digital+live best practices, including the following. Read more
I have had the honor of writing about many talented directors here, most of whom have achieved serious fame in the commercial production industry. As the recipient of the 2004 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials, that distinction certainly applies to David Fincher, and further, he is clearly among the most brilliant directors of all time. The video I’m embedding here is courtesy of Art of the Title, and it presents many of the title sequences from David’s feature films while also listing his filmography through 2011.
From the Internet Movie Database: David was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at Industrial Light and Magic from 1981-1983. Read more
As recently reported on Dexigner.com, the leading online portal for designers, architects, illustrators, engineers, artists, and creatives of all kinds, Architecture for Humanity has opened registration for its upcoming annual Design Like You Give a Damn conference. Running 7-9 November, this fourth edition will unite innovators and experts in San Francisco to tackle all the issues surrounding designing for a more resilient world. Here’s a summary of this year’s program.
Thursday, November 7, 7 – 10:30PM: Opening night reception at Contemporary Jewish Museum Friday, November 8, 9AM – 8PM: All day forum, keynote speaker and closing reception at Autodesk Gallery
. Keynote Speaker: Michael Berkowitz – Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation Saturday, November 9, 10AM – 5PM: Chapter forum at Architecture for Humanity headquarters
This week, Advertising Week hits New York City for its tenth straight year, and between now and Friday evening, it’s sure to cement its reputation as the world’s premier annual gathering of marketing and communications leaders. With more than 200 distinct events, The Week is a hybrid of thought leadership seminars featuring the industry’s best and brightest – and engaging special events which galvanize targeted constituencies. Spawned from creative roots in 2004, Advertising Week now draws from the client, media and broader cultural communities with a laser focus on the key business drivers shaping and influencing the global industry. Read more
Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU) is a four-day Digital Entertainment Festival set for 18-21 September in sunny Troia, Portugal, promising unique opportunities to learn and network in paradise. If you’re not already planning to attend, consider taking a look and putting it on your 2014 calendar.
A premier event for producers, animators, game developers, concept artists, 3D generalists, VFX and CG professionals and the curious, passionate, restless and fearless, this first edition of THU will unite at least 700 professionals and students from around the world for four days of talks, demo-classes, roundtables, investment pitches, recruitment sessions, recruitment challenges and much more. Read more
Welcome to The Blank Sheet Project, where four creative heroes have shared their approach to a blank sheet of paper. Now, creatives from around the world are invited to express themselves on their creative process, creative activism and sustainability.
Every week, you are invited to share your own vision: “Our Time Capsule is waiting for your inspired projects about Design in 2023.”
For inspiration, check out the “1 Minute to Leave Your Mark” series embedded here, then visit The Blank Sheet Project to share what you have to offer when this project is rediscovered ten years from now.
This “platform for inspirational creative excellence” is an initiative from Read more