Bill Green

Name a brand or media channel and Bill Green’s probably worked on and in it. An art director by trade, he’s focused on an overall holistic approach to brand madness that merges the worlds of traditional, digital and social – whatever it takes.

Having worked previously with Darryl and Humongo and current AdVerve podcast partner with Angela, he’s currently doing creative strategy and pitch development with BFG in Hilton Head. The ad blog Make The Logo Bigger is about his experiences in the world of advertising and beyond.

Angela Natividad

Angela Natividad is a strategist, copywriter and journalist based in Paris. She writes MarketingProfs’ #SocialSkim, is a frequent guest on marketing podcast The Beancast, and co-hosts AdVerve the podcast. Most of her secret thoughts are on her blog, Live and Uncensored.

Darryl Ohrt

Darryl Ohrt is a former punk rocker, and Executive Creative Director at Carrot Creative, in NYC. In addition to his posts here, he also writes for Advertising Age’s Small Agency Diary, as the voice of the small guy in a big, big world.

After founding the legendary agency Humongo, he sold out to the man, left the entrepreneurial life and joined Carrot. Now he’s the self proclaimed Prime Minister of Awesome, and he’s tweeting, blogging, and exploring the internets as if it matters. He knows just enough to be dangerous, and is always ready for action.

Posts tagged "culture"

The Office Time Machine

To highlight the importance of fair use and show how prevalent borrowed culture is in the making of anything good (and remotely relatable), Joe Sabia's created The Office time machine. It’s ambitious work that lets you pop in almost any date you can think of — and that spits out “The Office” references about that time period.

From Joe himself: “Culture is society’s collected knowledge, art, and customs. It’s what surrounds us and unites us, and it allows us to collectively laugh at a joke in The Office about Ben Franklin or M. Night Shyamalan. Culture, simply put, is the seasoning in a meal.”

We also recommend the QA at the bottom of the page, where you’ll find out how long the project took him (a year and a half) and how he did it (renting Netflix DVDs. NETFLIX DVDS! THEY STILL DO THAT!).

If you happen to catch an error (as culture junkies inevitably will), there’s a Google Docs working group collaborating to correct them all. Oh hivemind, what would we do without you?

How gentrification may be affecting an urban neighbourhood near you

Comedian Michael Che tackles gentrification in this epic vid of how it’s  affecting his neighbours in the Lower East Side.

Three words: WATER BRAND PREFERENCES!

The hipster logo design guide
At a loss for identity? No worries, there’s a hipster logo how-to for that. Just think how authentic and original you won’t will look!
Brought to you by Tim Delger. Brought to us by Len Kendall.

The hipster logo design guide

At a loss for identity? No worries, there’s a hipster logo how-to for that. Just think how authentic and original you won’t will look!

Brought to you by Tim Delger. Brought to us by Len Kendall.

Because nobody likes those childhood-flashback videos.
Not since Nicola and Cabel’s pixel wedding has a nuptial RSVP generated so much geek envy. Simon Bird and Sarah Cartwright have produced a wedding invitation in the form of an infographic. Score a lot of facts about the couple in a format you’ll largely prefer to the classic reception-hall “relive the entire boring history of our human lives” video.

Because nobody likes those childhood-flashback videos.

Not since Nicola and Cabel’s pixel wedding has a nuptial RSVP generated so much geek envy. Simon Bird and Sarah Cartwright have produced a wedding invitation in the form of an infographic. Score a lot of facts about the couple in a format you’ll largely prefer to the classic reception-hall “relive the entire boring history of our human lives” video.

Perspective: Life in your 20s vs 30s

This video is slightly funner (i.e. less work?) than scrolling down an overlong blog post loaded with GIFs, plus it makes us feel better about surrendering what too many people we secretly dislike call “THE BEST DECADE OF MY LIFE!”

We also hasten to add that the brain’s frontal lobe isn’t fully formed until the mid-20s, which probably contributes to the “quarter-life crisis” (the most bullshit crisis in existence) and that sense of invincibility. Just another reason to hurry into the 30s, where naps … are paradise.

Because everybody healthier than you already has a workout.

Seems like everybody we know is on some kind of diet or fitness programme: the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, paleo, Crossfit, P90x, Tough Mudder training, Dukan…

If you have neither the time nor the conviction to commit yourself to a regime inspired by boot camp or Paleolithic man, we strongly suggest Prancercise, a horse-inspired “prancing” workout brought to us by this morning’s Skimm. Doesn’t that music get you pumped? And who wrote that catchy script? (Probably the Prancercise lady herself. She seems deeply personally invested in the success of her new workout.*)

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*Which may or may not have been her attempt to start a dance craze that just didn’t catch on. People are so fickle.

Hey, sometimes you gotta fake it.

Clench your sphincter in advance while Jimmy Kimmel’s camera team gets bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Coachella attendees to enthusiastically vouch for bands that don’t exist. We had this face on the whole time: >_<

Recalling 1993

In today’s amazing-shit-we-can’t-believe-exists, the Recalling 1993 project takes payphones and turns them into time machines. Here’s how it works: Call 1-855-FOR-1993 from any NYC pay phone to hear what was happening on that block in 1993.

Seriously. Now when you’re feeling nostalgic for slap bracelets or Slick Rick, you can telephone the past. All you have to do is step outside and hunt down one of those janky old receivers.

Work, of course, by the inimitable Droga5.

Are you ironic? Do you have a beard? There is a cure.

Suffering from HIPSTER? Unpretentiousil may be for you. Available in PBR, Natty Light & Soy (they must be suckables!).

And if you don’t want to be a brand whore about it, just score any ol’ generic with 50mg Dedouchefin.

So many agency names, so little time to learn to say them.

This tongue-in-cheek video teaches you to pronounce a whole menagerie of agency names. With that Valiummish inflection flanked by soothing music, you may actually unlearn how to pronounce McCann the way McCann wishes you would … but you’ll also feel absolutely sure it’s more their fault than yours.

Via.

Filling in the Cracks

Artist Jan Vormann gives us Dispatchwork, LEGO street art around the world. Great way to bring attention and fresh life to what’s been left to crumble. The project began in 2001 and the latest stuff, done in Italy, dates back to 2007 but is still amazing to witness.

(via showslow)

MIB 3, As Directed by Wes Anderson

This vid’s a few months old, but we wanted to share it anyway because:

1) It’s hilarious

2) It illustrates how music and scene cuts can affect perception of a story

3) It actually made us want to watch Men in Black 3 and Moonrise Kingdom simultaneously, if only to check for hidden messages, like watching the Wizard of Oz to Dark Side of the Moon.

Which profession drinks the most coffee?

An annual survey conducted by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder finds that PR and marketing pros are the second-biggest coffee drinkers in all the working land, just behind scientists and lab technicians. Doesn’t it feel good to know you require about as much joe as the average world-saver?

Infographic put together by I Love Coffee, who expressed disappointment that IT workers, like programmers and web designers, didn’t make the cut. They too obviously drink more than their fair share.

Sleep sweetly, nestled in artwork

La Galerie à Part, located in the Rhône-Alps region of France, calls itself an “artistico-touristic” space. It acts as both living environment and gallery for little-known artists.

Apartment renters are exclusively invited to buy the art adorning their walls, with the exception of days when the expositions are open to the public. Owner and art lover Murielle Boudine tells Influencia that she takes “no commission on the sales, this is really just to give artists a place to express themselves and to facilitate discovery of emerging artists.” Some artists contact her directly; more often, she finds them by trawling the internet, sharing our eternal quest for that je ne sais quoi.

If you’ve still got vacation time left, you may be able to catch La Galerie à Part’s back-to-school exposition of the works of comic book artist Yannick Corboz. Who said galleries had to be an uptight affair?

Image credits: Influencia.

What Makes a Movie Poster Iconic? Creatives Take a Stab.

It’s part alchemy, part typography, part sex and drugs and symbols and design, interspersed with our feelings about the film itself. CreativeBloq.com goes through the 20 most iconic movie posters of our generation and asks creatives what makes them so compelling.

For a taste, here’s digital artist/animator Alex Mallinson’s reflections on ET:

E.T gave us two iconic images: the Elliot-on-flying-BMX symbol that graces later posters (and the Amblin logo) and the image of E.T. and Elliot’s fingers coming together on a starfield backdrop.
The former image embodies the Spielbergian modern urban fantasy but the latter is the more interesting. It’s a reference to Michelangelo’s depiction of the creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel, and that simple allusion heaps meaning on the poster.

But that’s hardly everything there is to look forward to. Read about the stark cadaverous terror personified by Silence of the Lambs, the choice of the approaching priest for The Exorcist, the sketch that made The Thing, the movie that flowed from the image of The Usual Suspects, sexing-up Princess Leia for Star Wars, and — another of our favourites — how the white-against-orange Helvetica typography of Trainspotting played against shots of the cast.

AKQA’s CCO James Hilton also makes an appearance to drop wisdom on Ghostbusters, which he calls “the most iconic movie poster. Show that logo to anyone over the age of say, 25, and they’ll tell you what it is.”