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Design Competitions from Adweek, Communication Arts, Core77 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… which I am presenting in order of the currently published submission deadlines. Best of luck friends! Read more

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150 Media Stream Experiential Installation Debuts in Chicago, Calls for Future Artistic Submissions

Featured artist: Kurt Kaminski. Photo credit: Nick Ulivieri, http://nuphoto.com

CHICAGO – Having opened its doors in Chicago on Feb. 13, the 150 North Riverside Plaza has unveiled the 150 Media Stream, a digital art installation unlike anything in the United States.

The lobby of Riverside Investment & Development (Riverside)’s stunning, 53-story office tower designed by architect Goettsch Partners will serve as 150 Media Stream’s permanent home. A transit-oriented development located alongside the Chicago River in the West Loop, the award-winning project’s flagship tenants include the global headquarters of renowned investment bank William Blair and Company, iconic hotelier Hyatt Corporation, Navigant Consulting, as well as the Chicago office of Kansas City-based law firm Polsinelli. The project also includes a dynamic restaurant concept by Four Corners Tavern Group and restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff.

Commissioned by Riverside and curated by Creative Director Yuge Zhou, 150 Media Stream’s display concept and physical structure were designed by McCann Systems in cooperation with media firm Digital Kitchen. McCann Systems then led the design-build process, with specialized creative agency Leviathan engaged to produce the initial artistic content. Read more

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Promo video primer: 30 first-class examples

Back in 2014, a story from Chris Trimble appeared in the Guardian proclaiming video as the future of content marketing, with this dire warning: “small businesses who ignore it do so at their peril.” Since then, video usage has continued to climb, and more and more people and businesses are trying to engage, entertain and educate us with their on-screen storytelling. Bearing this in mind, I’m very happy to share some of the videos I’ve collected over the past six years working beside some phenomenal storytellers.

For your reference and enlightenment, I have chosen 10 examples apiece for three well-established niches of corporate communications. While most of these videos were designed for business audiences, their creators invested some artistry to try to make them appeal to all of us. Read more

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Olympic openers

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danny Boyle’s 2012 Summer Olympics “large-canvas nation-themed spectacle” of an opening ceremony will always be remembered as one of the most eccentric and memorable Games’ kickoffs in history. Since NBC’s broadcast reportedly attracted nearly 41 million viewers, THR has also named it the highest rated Summer Olympics opening of all time.

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Sharing Secrets: 2016 Cannes Lions Live Sessions of the Day


It has been an exciting week for me, even though I am once again missing the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently underway in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 18-25 June has teamed-up with global media agency network Mindshare and YouTube to provide two live-streamed sessions every day this week. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… new videos will continue to 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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Mark your calendar: Awesome events coming to NYC, LA, Montreal, Chicago and beyond

This week, 2016 has officially kicked into overdrive; I hope things are going your way! Here is the new 12x Learning Optimizer edition, providing timely information on upcoming, highly valuable and inspirational opportunities for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists.

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Case Study: Leviathan

Leviathan’s Reputation Soars Worldwide as Phenomenal Conceptual Design Company Rocking Broadcast, Experiential and Screens of All Sizes

Close Cooperation Between Management, Reps and DWA Maximizes Stellar Opportunities, Positions Company as Legitimate Rockstar
See also: VISUAL TIMELINE . MEDIA COVERAGE . PRESS SITE

Leviathan is a conceptual design company that creates engaging narrative content and experiences for brands and entertainers worldwide. The bold images it conceives appear on stages and architecture, in themed destinations and on screens of all sizes, accompanying famous faces and household names. Its teams build experiences to enthrall audiences, initiate conversations and keep crowds coming. Every day, Leviathan’s artists and engineers help transform the worlds of commercial advertising, live events, film, television and environments. Read more

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FITC is set to inspire in Toronto, NYC and Chicago

For 2016, FITC is ready to expand its highly successful history bringing leading design and technology professionals and students together in cities like Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo and Toronto. Here are the overview details for three upcoming inspirational FITC conferences that will unite designers, developers, digital artists and everyone innovating in the digital space in Toronto, New York and Chicago.

FITC Toronto, April 17-19, 2016, Hilton Toronto

Better and stronger than ever, the original three-day professional celebration of the world’s best design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies soon returns to Toronto. Engineered year after year to unite and transform the creative industry, the 2016 organizers have assembled dynamic leaders and stars from all across North America and the world. Once again, FITC Toronto will unveil the future of everything innovative, technical and creative, to leave attendees informed, challenged and inspired.

Thanks to Dexigner.com, you can use discount code “dexigner” to save $100 off any ticket for this event. 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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March 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: Tongue Point, Washington, USA, by yours truly.

Notes from On & Up, my personal blog: “Throughout time, the areas all along Washington State’s Highway 112 corridor have been home to people of the Klallam and Makah tribes: Exploring their cultures and histories are wonderful aspects of visiting…. During our visit, we searched for unadulterated nature, hoping to find vibrant signs of indigenous life carrying on in harmony with Mother Earth. Imagine the thrills we had as we found all of that, far and wide, time and again.”

I hope you enjoy this March image selection. Click the photo above to download a high-res calendar for your desktop.

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