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Carpe Diem…

Some good news friends.

A new adventure awaits as I’m moving to New York City.

After a great experience at Modernista and in Boston, I’ve decided to move on to some new opportunities. During my time here I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning from great minds like Gareth Kay,  Matt Howell and of course the amazing Catherine Heath (and many, many more). We’ve done some great work for great clients, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the experience.  And of course, the good golfing in and the general loveliness of New England.

I will be joining the team at Wieden + Kennedy New York.

The world of branding, media and information is changing in such a fundamental way, and to be part of an agency that’s creating the future and open to new ideas is fantastic. Really looking forward to working with Stuart Smith and the exceptional amount of talent and energy within W+K NY.  (And I get to see the man that noted the icing trend, every single day.)

I’ll share some of this here moving forth, and this blog will be reactivated and renewed.

Excuse some quietness as I trek around, see fam/friends, and move.   And if you read this and you’re in NYC, please ping me. Need and excited to meet some new people.

Peace and love,




vcu brandcenter identity

Editorial copy from next weeks creativity:

“VCU, One of the most esteemed educational institutions connected to this business of ours, a school charged with grooming the next generation of creative marketing torch bearers, is no longer an Adcenter. School steward and MD Rick Boyko recently announced the school would now go by the handle VCU Brandcenter. (see p. 6)

Aside form provoking relief that the school’s deciders didn’t go with something more oblique and annoying (or something with “Idea” in it) the name change seems apt. Boyko has spent his tenure at VCU retooling the center’s program to mint minds for the new era, expanding the scope of the school’s teachings with the goal of creating graduates that aren’t merely carriers of attractive portfolios and makers of attractive ads but creative thinkers and marketing problem solvers. In addition of a Masters in Creative Brand Management in 2005, to help spawn a new breed of creatively enlightened marketer and account person, and last year, the Advanced Management Training program for creative directors.

So if the Adcenter isn’t an ad center anymore, is the industry into which its students will graduate still an ad industry? Are you people still ad men and women? The head of our agency of the year David Droga called himself “absolutely an advertising man” in our last issue and yet we recognized his agency’s work in part for its non-advertisingness. Is the distinction important? We’ve talked at length in Creativity about name calling–if it’s not advertising then what? –as have others. TBWA’s Lee Clow has famously pursued a vision of a “media arts company” as the evolution of an ad agency and has told us in the past: “Brands today cannot be sustained by what in the past has been called advertising…everything a brand does that connects to the consumer is media, is brand communication. If orchestrating the art of all those media conversations isn’t advertising, then perhaps the creativity of what we’ll do in the future needs a new name.”

-Teressa Iezzi, Editor – Creativity

Its great to be at the Brandcenter in 08′.   Pictures of the new space to come soon …

Mute Math + Sony Bravia

check out this new video from mute math for paper darren. i have some experience with stop motion animation. but this takes it to a whole new level…this is fantastic.

My love for stop-motion has seen a lot more action in the industry of late. It seems there has been a huge surge in stop motion throughout advertising as well as branded entertainment. Directors are playing more and more with the technique and coming up with interesting new ways to apply stop motion in their advertising. It’s a more relevant perspective than ever before.

The new spot for Sony Bravia in their ‘Colour Like No Other’ series uses play-doh rabbits in New York, and She’s a Rainbow, a relatively unknown Brian Jones era Rolling Stones song, as the soundtrack. 2.5 tons of plasticine (fancy Play-Doh) was used stop-motion animate hundreds of bunnies and blobs on the streets of New York City. Billed as “the most ambitious piece of stop-motion animation ever undertaken”, the commercial employed 40 animators and took about three weeks to shoot.


Experimental music videos, artists and even regular folks are picking up the trend and producing some really innovative videos too. Check out ‘D.A.N.C.E’ by Justice and ‘They Made Frogs Smoke ‘til They Exploded’ by Mum. The t-shirt flip book style spot is also a pretty inspiring way to tell a story, as is the straight up flip book by Robot Fight.



Whether or not you like the campaign, got me thinking that, despite how much quirky characters can win attention from the masses, it can be a dangerous trap to fall into. Seeing it as an end (ie creating a TV show just because people “like” your characters) and not a means to an end. Attention is great, but if it doesn’t translate into results, all is lost.

I haven’t seen the show yet, so I’m talking out of turn, but here are two thoughts…

Seems to me that the show is about the characters and not Geico. I’m frightened by the prospect of Geico being written into the plotline, so I’ll assume it won’t be (unless Geico ads claiming “…so easy a Caveman could do it” are woven throughout as a way of setting off the characters — which is the only way the brand made it into the body of the spots).

This makes me wonder if Geico is paying for anything more than spot inventory and a cross-your-fingers brand association, or if they’re even paying at all? Maybe they own the Caveman characters (along with Martin) and they’re GETTING paid. Wouldn’t THAT be modern.

Secondly, Geico is able to make this move with one of their campaigns because they have so many campaigns running concurrently. If Cavemen was their only bit and it was highly popular and they risked all of it by turning the whole thing into a potentially-sucky TV show, then that would be a big risk.

But Geico has at least three other campaigns going, so they could culturally afford to break this one off. I’ve always been intrigued by their choice of offering so many different brand “voices” at one time.

Personally, I’d prefer a show about the Gecko.

russian pride

Howard Southern, Stolichnaya Brand Organization’s vice president of marketing, said research bore out two significant findings related to the brand’s development: that the story of Stoli’s history had not been adequately communicated and that authenticity is a key purchasing factor among the young LDA (legal drinking age) consumers with whom it seeks to connect. Correspondingly, one of the first ads’ headlines reads “The Mother of All Vodkas, from the Motherland of Vodka.”


Creating a good campaign for a bank/financial services, to me, is a challange. There is hardly any product/service differentiation. They all provide similar, if not the same, services. While on my trip to scandinavia. I saw several spots from a campaign from Danske bank (a big finance company from Denmark). Here is one…

essentially the big idea is about modern collaboration between the classic and contemporary. other spots feature musical collaboration between a hip hop artist and a harpist, etc. in the end the musical collaboration is pretty genius. you can download the songs to ringtones on

this has legs.

dt. dew addicts unite.

every once in a while there is an ad that actually makes me laugh. .. this is one of those ads….