This year marks our virgin foray into Cannes Lions territory: the biggest, swankiest and snottiest ad festival in all the land. (Dire economic reports suggest the event will be a little sparse this year, but we're stalwart in our optimism.)
We'll be there from the 20th-27th, writing ribald posts, interviewing people and probably taking really bad pictures. So if you want to hang out, get trashed and talk crap about ugly ads or their creators, by all means follow us on Twitter.
You can also check out the full Cannes Lions schedule or register here, late bloomer.
In the event that you can't make it or are too old to try crashing for free, there's always Wrath of Cannes on Coney Island. We may be stoked about the real Cannes, but in our hearts, few things beat a recycled statue with a head up its ass.
Today and tomorrow, Killed Ideas Volume I will arrive in the hot little hands of some of the industry's creative elite. Last week, it arrived in my hands so I guess I'm special. Actually, it has nothing to do with how special I am. Rather, it has everything to do with the fact I curated the book so of course I get to see it first!
What is Killed Ideas? Killed Ideas is a project put together by Ammo Marketing for online book publisher Blurb. Fifty ideas that were never approved/never appeared were selected to appear in the book Killed Ideas Volume I, a compendium of some great, though unseen, creative work.
Heh. This is clever. For the New Directors Showcase at Cannes, Saatchi & Saatchi released a video in which some ordinary guy barks marching orders at the Buckingham Palace Guard -- and, amazingly, they obey, even when he asks them to do little leaps, jump on each other's backs, dance to reggae and "RIDE 'IM LIKE SEABISCUIT!"
At this point the stunned crowd gets the sense that this is a stunt, and there is much cheering and carrying-on.
Let's hope this wasn't an intern's stolen idea. In any event, if the New Director's Showcase is something you dig, hurry up and enter here.
The time is near. In fact, the day is next Tuesday. The winning fifty Killed Ideas will be unveiled and a People's Choice Vote will be launched. You will be able to choose which of the fifty Killed Ideas are your favorite so make sure you visit the site on Tuesday.
The coveted Killed Ideas Volume I will also be released Tuesday. Getting your hands on one won't be so easy though. The books are being sent to some creative gurus in the industry, worthy members of the press and special friends who have mailed in their bribes. OK, so the last part isn't true but Adrants will have a few that will be offered up as part of a yet to be determined contest.
Are you one of the fifty? Make sure you're here Tuesday to find out.
On June 22, the Boston Ad Club will host The Ad Club Reunion, an event which hopes to bring together everyone who's had anything to do with the Boston ad scene over the last few decades. Originally the vent was to be held at the TD Banknorth Garden but then there was a small uprising over the ticket price which was, in response to the outcry, slashed to $80. The event was also moved to Cyclorama, a venue that will cost the organization less money.
Last night in Boston several hundred people arrived at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill for one of the biggest tweetups the city has seen. Organized by Northeastern University student Sarah Merion and sponsored by Johnny Cupcakes, Kickass Cupcakes, Annie Mulz and RUNmyERRAND, the event was held on the rooftop of the Rattlesnake.
In attendance were @stevegarfield, @patrick, @schneidermike @urwingman @robertcollins @michaelpsweeney, @pamelump, @repcor, @gradontripp, @mathurrell, @swirlingmedia, @bostonist, @Meg_Goullet, @michaelpsweeney, @urwingman and many, many others.
As Tweetups go, it was a good one...and an interesting one. While there were many familiar faces there, there were more unfamiliar ones. As Twitter expands beyond the inner circle of early adopters, Tweetups will no longer represent the tech elite, the Twitterati or whatever label you want to apply to those who just love to get there first. Nope. Now it's all about the regular people. And you know what? That's a very good thing. After all, how long can we all talk to ourselves over and over again saying the same things over and over again at the same places over and over again?
And while it's always fun to see your friends, it's never a bad thing to step outside your clicke every once in a while.
Last night at the Effies, Crispin Porter + Bogusky was recognized for "Whopper Freakout," the incendiary stunt work it did for Burger King in '07.
"Burger King won the Grand Effie convincingly due to their boldness and creativity across multiple media platforms, delivering real cultural relevance and above all, outstanding business results," gushed Chairman Carl Johnson of the Effie Worldwide Board of Directors/Co-Founder, Anomaly.
The Internet Oldtimers Foundation has established the Andy Bourland Internet Oldtimers Mentorship Program, in memory of Mr. Bourland's dedication and legacy as Co-founder and former CEO of Clickz.
Andy, who I knew personally and worked with when I was involved with MarketingVOX, opened the doors for many to be able togiving them the opportunity to succeed in the interactive marketing industry as responsible, accountable, and successful business people.
- In Indonesia, Facebook leads to adultery.
- Sprint has an interesting new screensaver and it's powered by social media pulling in Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr data as well as other real time elements, such as local traffic and bus schedules, the weather and Google matches.
- Here's a new book called AD BOY: Vintage Advertising with Character which features retro ad characters.
- During Internet Week, PSFK will hold an event to help peers and friends. The Good Ideas in Collaboration Salon aims to introduce entrepreneurs who need help with out-of-work creative professionals who are looking for fresh opportunities (paid, unpaid or other).
- Who knew it was National Gout Week?
Last Thursday, the Academy of Art University held its Annual Spring Show at which student work from all disciplines was displayed. Held in San Francisco, an amazing collection of creativity was on hand for fellow students, art aficionados and recruiters to view.
Sending graduates off to agencies like Goodby, JWT, TBWA. W+K, Y&R, Deutsch, ATTIK, CP+B and many others, the School of Advertising enrolled 370 undergraduate students and 225 Master Degree students this school year. Founded in 1929 by Richard Stephens, there are 60 instructors who teach 55 courses in the area of marketing and advertising.
Walking through the exhibits, it was clear the school was matriculating and graduating some serious talent. Oh sure, some of it was derivative but give these students a few years in the real world and watch with amazement as they become the next advertising legends.
If you didn't have a chance to attend the Show, you can do so virtually by perusing this photo album which captured the work displayed during the event.