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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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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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Mark your calendar: Very cool events coming to the USA, Italy, Germany, UK and Canada

Keeping tabs on events that are valuable and inspirational to professionals like us – and sharing key details on a timely basis – continues to be a very busy job. Back at the beginning of June, it felt like the period dead ahead was the busiest time of the year for events… but after organizing this new 12x Learning Optimizer edition featuring 18 fascinating happenings spread across North America and Europe over the days ahead, I stand corrected. Please look for executives from specialized creative agency (and DWA client) Leviathan at the SEGD XLab workshops during New York Digital Signage Week, and for anyone attending the Adobe Max festivities in San Diego, consider signing up for the Studio Walking Tour (http://bit.ly/2es17FH) on Nov. 1, and if you do, please say hi to my friends (and clients) at brand strategy and digital design agency BASIC. Read more

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Reasons to Pause in 2016


Set to run 8-14 Feb. in Melbourne, Australia, Pause Fest is the premier annual digital event aimed at supporting and showcasing the best in creative, tech and business from Australia and all around the world. In the past two weeks, more than 30 new speakers have been added to this year’s agenda, which is chock-full of groundbreaking events. Be sure to visit the site to get up-to-speed with all the excitement underway. Officially, 10 Feb. is Creative Day, 11 Feb. is Tech Day and 12 Feb. is Business Day, but each day offers a dazzling array of curated offerings to inspire and feed every facet of your interests. For example, look for events Read more

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CDO Summits set for NYC, Amsterdam, Toronto, London and Sydney

Seven months ago, I wrote a story discussing the rise of the Chief Digital Officer and the activities shaping-up from the CDO Club. Since then, I’ve kept a close eye on other announcements from CDO Club founder David Mathison, and in summary, he has been very busy. At present, the CDO Club is gearing-up for the Chief Digital Officer Summit in New York City, which is set to take place this week on April 29. After that, there are four more CDO Summits in the works:
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Amsterdam, set for July 29, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Toronto, set for Sept. 16, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit London, set for Oct. 21, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Sydney, set for Feb. 24, 2016

The video I’m presenting here courtesy of David and the CDO Club allows you to experience the fascinating “Entertainment Ecosystem” session from last year’s CDO Summit in NYC. There, on April 22, the CDO Club united some of the entertainment industry’s most prominent architects of change Read more

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On-the-go with my hero and mentor Randy Baker

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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Case Study: Shilo

Last updated on Apr. 15, 2014: Shilo’s Filmmakers Shine Ever Brighter as Partners for Brands and Agencies Seeking Provocative, Original Commercials and Films

“Inspired and United Client and Agency Contacts Keep Global Media, Professional and Industry Targets In Steady Contact with Shilo’s Projects, Vibe and Culture”
See also: SHILO MEDIA COVERAGE

Shilo is an Emmy Award-winning creative production company representing a group of filmmakers led by director Jose Gomez. Internationally known for creating provocative, design-infused original film and HD video content, Shilo’s artists in New York and La Jolla, California, produce spellbinding short films, music videos and commercials for leading advertising agencies and brands. Shilo also published its own book in 2007 (“We Make It Good”) and curates the popular website WeMakeItGood.com. Read more

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Leviathan experiments, inspires and engages

Last month, the principals of creative studio Leviathan decided to unveil their experimental proof-of-concept project entitled “Ghost Box,” which they designed to demonstrate how almost any product of any size can be brought to life by projection with you as the director. Distributed to leading creative industry media outlets worldwide as a video with a short description, the hope was to ignite enthusiasm and excitement around the project and Leviathan’s vision, artistry and craftsmanship. As shown in the demo video, Leviathan’s first application for Ghost Box was an interactive art installation involving music from Waveplant, but they also revised it into a custom car configurator. The video concludes, “Such technologies could be used for anything from a storefront window to a large-scale event,” and asks: “Now that we know it’s possible, what do you want to build?” Here are some responses. Read more

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FWA: 13 years of inspiration, and growing

The FWA (Favourite Website Awards) is a recognition organization and inspirational portal that has been showcasing the best of digital since the year 2000. FWA is celebrating its 13th anniversary this month; with over 180 million site visits, it is now the most visited website award program in the history of the internet.

Last year, the organization teamed-up with the multidisciplinary production company UNIT9 to launch the FWA Daily App for iPhone and iPad, which combines all of The FWA Network’s showcased content into one app for your daily viewing. Follow this link to download it for free.

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The Index Festival 2011

In August of 2011, The Index Festival took place in New York City with the goal of bringing together individuals and groups who cognitively engage media culture. Among its offerings were four panels, each of which was held at the Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.

Panel 1: Festival Opening
Panel 2: Mediated Landscapes
Panel 3: Make Ready
Panel 4: Digital Born and After

The Index Festival’s organizers are committed to continuing to explore how media and technology impact our lives. For more information, please visit indexfestival.com

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