What Is Great Writing, And Where Do Great Design Ideas Come From?

Writing and design—these are the core skills that propel the communications industry forward. Without excellence in writing and design, we would have no great books, films, or architecture, and our advertising would be a complete waste of time and money. Thankfully, there’s a universe of talented writers and designers and many are willing to work […]

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Two for Tuesday

The Hard Reset Begets The Big Shrinkage In 2020 and 2021, agencies will shed 52,000 jobs, according to Jay Pattisall, an analyst with Forrester. Half the jobs will not return, he predicts. Forrester also predicts that advertising spending in the United States would decline by 25 percent this year and would not recover until 2023. […]

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McDonald’s/UK Stacks Nouns In Sandwich Formation (And It Works)

These outdoor ads are great. For one, they’re legible from a car, train, bus or on foot. Also, the ads do not mention the product name or company name. There’s no logo to make bigger. By taking an intelligent minimalist approach, there’s room in the campaign for the customer to “do the math.” Created by […]

These New Holiday Ornaments from Colle McVoy Are Not Like Other Ornaments

Colle McVoy is a masterful designer of holiday cards. Every year the Minneapolis agency sends me something new and every year I marvel at the idea and the elegant execution of the idea. This year a small package arrived. Inside the package, I found four beautiful holiday-themed coasters that also act as ornaments for the […]

Did You Know That Bon Appétit Has 4.61M Subscribers on YouTube?

People love food-focused programming. Yet, many food brands rely on TV to carry their messages, which is an expensive way to build an audience of buyers. San Antonio-based grocer H-E-B, one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses with 350 stores throughout Texas and northeast Mexico run lots of TV commercials but only has 32K subscribers […]

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Learning To Use the Software You Need on the Job Is High-Value Education

Students need a break today, and not at McDonald’s. The financial burdens that come with tuition, textbooks, room and board, laptops and mobile phones, clothes, etc. can be overwhelming. Plus, there’s the all the coursework, reading, writing, and attending class to do, on top of family and work obligations. Making sure you have all the […]

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Leo Burnett/London Helps To Elevate Role of Design in Society

Creative agency Leo Burnett London and the Design Museum, have launched the museum’s new purpose campaign, called ‘Design: Humanity’s Best Friend’, celebrating the impact of design in everyone’s lives. The campaign aims to show how design is integral to everyday life and highlights the museum as a must-see destination in London this year. Lord Mandelson, […]

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Legal Sea Foods Is A Safe Harbor for Wayward Stoners

A new ad campaign from DeVito Verdi for Boston’s Legal Sea Foods celebrates the legalization of marijuana in the Bay State. The TV and print ads play off the restaurant’s baked, fried and smoked menu items. “Baked” and “smoked” makes sense. “Fried” is something that happens when you drink too much, work too much, and […]

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Open Up Twelve Or More Ounces of Yee-Haw

People love sparkling water. Sparkling water is a thing. Therefore, the sparkling water market is getting crowded. Mexican-made Topo Chico (now owned by Coca-Cola) is dominant throughout Texas, but in Austin, there are five local choices and La Croix ain’t on the menu, much less Perrier. Big Swig Sparkling Water, Rambler Sparkling Water, Richard’s Sparkling […]

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It’s Not Stock, It’s Shutterstock (Which Means, It Is Stock)

Stock images are hard to “own.” That’s because anyone can buy them and render your singular look obsolete in a few keystrokes. Nevertheless, creative teams are tasked with tight production schedules and shallow budgets, which forces their mouse hands. There’s Stock, And There’s Shutterstock Shutterstock claims to know that “creative professionals are busy, but they […]

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Wayne Coyne Joins Deeplocal As Experience Designer

How many times have you heard that agencies can no longer attract the best talent? If you’re like me, you’ve heard it one too many times, which makes this story a smile-inducing moment. According to Lindsay Rittenhouse at Ad Age, The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is joining Deeplocal as an experience designer. No, the band […]

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Accenture Fumbles Ball, Loses Game; Hertz Is Pissed

Hertz paid Accenture $32 million for a new web presence that the consultants never delivered. The unresolved dispute was recently filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York. Accenture disputes their former client’s claims. Accenture has also filed a motion to dismiss Hertz’s claim under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices […]

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At DDB, Two Ds Make a “B”

Doyle Dane Bernbach, also known as DDB, is a creative stalwart. The agency was started in New York City in 1949 by Ned Doyle, Maxwell Dane, and William Bernbach, who acted as president. Bernbach and Doyle had worked together at Grey Advertising during the mid-1940s; Dane had been running his own small advertising firm. It goes […]

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The Best Real Estate Agents Rely On Intelligent, Effective Advertising

Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post. Top performing real estate agents bring persistence, talent and lots of hard work to the job. When it comes to marketing, these sales pros seek an advantage, and thanks to a multitude of new marketing tools, it’s much easier for agents to showcase their listings and find prospective […]

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The Friday Afternoon Marcom Mashup

It occurs to me that there are times when a complete story won’t do. In times like this, we exist on fragments. Ad Agencies of Merit Require A Bad Ass Design Shop San Francisco-based Argonaut is expanding its offering with the launch of a new, fully-integrated branding and design group, Atelier by ARGONAUT, which will focus […]

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Guy Kawasaki, Brand Evangelist in Chief

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and several more books, including his latest, Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life. Kawasaki is using Canva to its fullest to help promote […]

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Sonic Branding And The Sound of Newly Minted Money

Sonic branding is catching on. Just last week, Mastercard unveiled their new sonic identity not long after their move to a new wordless logo. Mastercard, unlike so many others, recognizes the power of sound to help distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace. Furthermore, with the explosion of smart speaker devices on the horizon, the time […]

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Colle McVoy Is The Thoughtful Agency

As a new year’s gift, Colle McVoy sent me a series of “cubespirations” to help keep me properly motivated throughout the year. Here is one of my favorite messages in the collection. Note the letterpress printing. I like this design concept. With just two words, the agency’s creative team is making a significant statement. Artists—and […]

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Pantone’s Living Coral In the Spotlight — Time to Spread Its “Life Affirming” Qualities Around

Graphic designers and art directors know a lot about color and how it moves people to believe and to buy. Designers know these things because people who study color help them make informed decisions about the use of color for brands and products. For instance, the trend luminaries at the Pantone Color Institure just announced […]

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Get Out of Any Copywriting Jam Without Losing Your Mind, Money or Clients

If you are a graphic designer, art director or front-end web designer and you struggle to work with copy, clients who write copy and freelance copywriters, check out this free 36-minute workshop from the editor of Adpulp. Are you wasting time, money and energy on poorly written copy that ruins the effectiveness of your design […]

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