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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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2016 Olympic Advertising

Thanks to some Herculean feats by the illustrious organizers of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad – and over 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including first-time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan – we have witnessed quite a show over the past several days. Haven’t we?

Technically, I was among the first people complaining about the blinding number and frequency of commercials aired during the Opening Ceremony; wow. In the early going, that programming approach stole the show in many ways, from my point of view – but I must admit that we all rely on advertising and sponsorship to a great extent to allow us to experience the Olympics. Since my clients are craftspeople of the highest order producing spectacular commercials and branded content, I can appreciate the value of creative advertising… but I agree with the broadcasters’ latest assessments, which have been forced to acknowledge how much viewers’ tastes have changed.

Synchronized with the broadcast of the Opening Ceremony from the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics on Aug. 5, my friend Ann Christine Diaz published this story in Ad Age, highlighting many of the major brands who bought time, so that NBC’s viewers could watch the show for free: 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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Something SXSW special just for you


Thirty years ago, the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival began in Austin, Texas. Having grown to essentially become all things to all people, the event’s concurrent film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences attract 85,000 attendees, which includes the lion’s share of the entertainment and advertising industries, as well as the brand marketers wanting to engage with them. This year’s SXSW will launch on 11 March and run on through the 20th. Perhaps slightly less well known is the fact that SXSW, Inc., also runs the SXSWedu conference on educational innovation (running 7-10 March this year in Austin), the SXSW Eco environmental conference (set for 10-12 Oct. in Austin), and SXSW V2V focused on innovative startups (future dates and locations TBD).

I’ve just taken a fresh look at all the relevant news feeds to point you to the pure gospel. Enlightenment awaits: 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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NYC’s Advertising Week begins on 28 September

Proudly marking its 12th year in New York, Advertising Week is a hybrid of inspiring thought-leadership and highly entertaining special events featuring the industry’s best and brightest. With the world’s greatest city as its backdrop, Advertising Week draws from the brand, agency, technology, startup, media and broader cultural communities, advancing key conversations designed to drive the ad business forward and influence industry globally.

For 2015, Advertising Week will once again shine the spotlight on critical business drivers shaping and influencing these combined industries worldwide. In the words of its organizers, “Measured by breadth, scope and impact, Advertising Week transcends standard industry conferences and moves the needle on essential industry challenges like talent and diversity.”

What to expect: Read more

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What’s the impact of winning a Cannes Lion?

Happy Friday friends! I hope your work week is wrapping up nicely and that you’ll soon be able to enjoy some well-earned downtime, like a lot of people have been doing all week in Cannes (kidding, of course). Before ending this week, I wanted to share this video I’m embedding here from experience design agency FreeState, and a few more comments about the significance of winning a Cannes Lion award.

As you can hear first-hand from FreeState’s creative director Adam Scott in this video directed by Ilan Metev, FreeState won a Gold Design Lion at Cannes in 2013 after designing the world’s largest kinetic sculptures for Blackpool’s promenade. Under the heading of “Why Winning a Lion Matters – An Agency’s View,” Mr. Scott enlightens us while pedaling his bike around the city: “Sometimes it’s hard to find your way, and especially hard given it’s so darn crowded out here…. How do you stand out,” he asks.

And about the results of winning Cannes Lion Gold, he continues: “I would say people are far more interested in our approach, and that has to be a good thing. And well, if it can happen to us then it can certainly happen to you.”

Isn’t that lovely? Also, to me, it’s a perfect summation to what it means to win a Cannes Lion.

Meanwhile, the image I’m providing here offers a newer angle into this discussion. Taken hours ago Read more

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Uniting entertainment and advertising at headline events in LA and Las Vegas

When I graduated from college, I wound up earning two B.A. communications degrees instead of one, without really having to take any extra classes. After studying the degree requirements, I saw that the ones for a Bachelor’s degree in Film were close enough to the ones for the same degree in TV/Radio that by taking the right classes and submitting the paperwork properly, I could earn them both. That experience taught me to look for overlaps between the various areas represented by my interests… in the hope of finding more advantages and synchronicities. This week, I’m happy to share some tips with you that have grown from these types of confluences. 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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