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July 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Red White & Blue” Sunland, California, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “The canyons throughout Southern California have various terrains, and getting the most interesting perspective always takes a little homework. While perched on the top of a ridge on the birthday of this great country, I once again grabbed my favorite tripod, placed sandbags on the legs to anchor it properly and started the process of laying down exposures. 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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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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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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2015 Adweek Project Isaac submissions close soon

As media, marketing and technology continue to transform the world, inventiveness remains a chief factor in a brand’s ability to succeed. The Adweek Project Isaac Awards were launched to celebrate invention across all areas of the venerable publication’s coverage. Submissions are open now but they are scheduled to close on June 1. There are 35 categories spanning these four brackets: Advertising and Marketing, Media, Digital and Best Practices. Winners will appear in the Sept. 21 issue of Adweek, which will be dedicated to the theme of invention.

Eight months ago, Adweek detailed the winners of the 2014 Project Isaac Awards competition. Here’s a short list of some of the Gold Award winners – be sure to visit the official story to learn more about these and other honorees. Read more

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Ready for Internet Week New York 2015?

Internet Week supports New York’s vibrant tech-based economy and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and global impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture. Set to run May 18-24, each year the festival highlights the innovators building the new economy and creating opportunity, while educating and empowering attendees to succeed. For 2015, the festival is expected to draw more than 25,000 people to over 250 events at Internet Week HQ and at venues across the city including the Webby Awards hosted by Hannibal Buress and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Met’s digital initiatives. Headline speakers include Chelsea Clinton, Al Roker, Coco Rocha, Mark Ecko, Nate Silver and William Bratton.

Here are more highlights of the festivities planned for this year. Read more

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NYC’s Creative Week Festival set for May 4-8


Creative Week is the preeminent festival showcasing the intersection of advertising, innovation and creative thinking launched by The One Club in 2010. Home to The One Show, Young Ones Competition, and many other provocative presentations, panels, workshops and exhibitions, Creative Week 2015 will descend upon New York City May 4-8, uniting thoughtleaders from the business, non-profit and creative sectors. Read more

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Earth Day 2015 expands to Climate Education Week

This week, you and your loved ones are cordially invited to join more than a billion of your fellow humans to participate in Earth Day – the only global event celebrated simultaneously by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities – by helping expand its mission into a much more ambitious affair. Read more

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Live, work and play better via PSFK 2015

Beginning in the afternoon on Thursday, 16 April, and running on through mid-day on Saturday the 18th, you are invited to join the thought leaders behind daily news site PSFK.com and PSFK Labs in a dazzling array of events designed to present better ways to live, work and play. With programming featuring special tours and workshops, the core experience is Friday’s full day of eye-opening talks from a carefully curated lineup of designers, artists, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Thematically centered around PSFK’s new Live, Work, Play Better report, the assembled experts will reveal emerging trends while immersing the audience in new ideas focused on driving meaningful change. Read more

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