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 As Twitter expands beyond the inner circle of early adopters, Tweetups will no longer represent the tech elite, the Twitterati or whatever label you want to apply to those who just love to get there first.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.
You've seen this before. We've seen this before. We just can't locate the original this video riffs on. Of course there's thousands of "pitch" videos out there but this mocks a particular one.
And it's always fun to watch kids mock adults. Because, well, adults are just kids at heart stuck in older bodies.
Damn. These Cannes Young Lions videos are all over the place! Make it stop! Please! Well, OK, maybe after just one more because, well, who doesn't love a good (really bad?) fart joke. And these are the people who will make up the next generation of creative Gods? Oh wait, of course they will. They're just younger version of the farting buffoons we already have running the industry.
- Chicago's O'Hare airport has a new website! (Some people think this sort of thing is important. Who are we to judge? Oh wait, that's our job)
- Yawn. Men dress up as women in Danica Patrick's new Boost Mobile Unwronged commercial.
- Soft drink\ company, The Feel Good Drinks Company, commissioned Loose Moose to turn a stop-frame animation created for them by one of their consumers into a national TV
- smashLAB's Eric Karjaluoto thinks design has become commoditized but he has a solution
Cannes Young Lions competition entries for client Oxfam Great Britain have been mixed -- and the stuff we've seen has been wince-worthy, running the "Horrors!" gamut from complete mundanity to gratuitous panty-dancing violence.
That all changes with "Douchebag Pie," arguably the greatest climate change awareness ad for Generation: YouTube ever created.
And if it singlehandedly brings the word "douchebag" to the French lexicon, then all the better.