The Case for Slow Design: Make Art, Not Products – by Jesse Weaver

by / January 11, 2019 / Coming out of school as newly minted designers, we often aspire to the heights of master craftsmanship. We envision ourselves creating expertly designed, meticulously implemented products that inspire awe with their beauty, artistry, and execution. Then the real world promptly smacks us in the face. Craftsmen spend untold hours creating their masterpieces. They sweat the details and pour their s[Read More]

What I Learned this year: 2018, By Amanda Amalfi, Senior Flame Artist, Ntropic

by / January 2, 2019 / We hope you had an incredible break. We certainly did. But just because it's now 2019, we're not doing looking back at everything we learned in 2018. Check out what Amanda Amalfi, Senior Flame Artist at Ntropic had to say about the past year. As someone who has been working in the field of beauty advertising for 10 years, I’ve seen many of the pivots that the beauty world has made to stay [Read More]

What I Learned This Year: 2018, By Jamie Shaw, Creative Director, Cogs & Marvel

by / December 21, 2018 / We're getting close to the end of the year, but our "What I Learned This Year" feature rolls on. Check out what Jamie Shaw, Creative Director at Cogs & Marvel, had to say about the wisdom she gleaned from 2018. We'll be off Monday and Tuesday, but back it it next Wednesday, so check for another one then. Happy holidays!   This year I learned, both in theory and in practice, the exten[Read More]

What I Learned This Year: 2018 by Sally Kallet, Camp + King

by / December 19, 2018 / "What I Learned This Year" keeps rolling along. Today's piece comes to us from Sally Kallet is a Senior Strategist at Camp + King. It's good stuff. Enjoy it and we'll be back with another one tomorrow. At the beginning of this year, I nervously passed up an opportunity from a friend to write myself a letter that she’d mail to me at the end of 2018. I’m now kicking myself because a. that [Read More]

WHAT WE LEARNED this year: 2018, by Jillian Davis & Molly Warner of barrettSF

by / December 18, 2018 / We've posted some deep thinking. We've posted some smart thinking. And now we've got some quick hits from barrettSF's Jillian Davis & Molly Warner that are both deep and smart (and funny). And thank God we didn't screw up the agency name and moot point #9. We learned all kinds of things in 2018. Here are just a few. Giving birth to an ad agency is hard. Raising a five year-old age[Read More]

What We Learned This Year: 2018, Firewood Marketing

by / December 17, 2018 / We're back with another "What I learned this year." When we asked Firewood Marketing to contribute, we figured they'd have the CEO or maybe their ECD do it. Instead, they got the entire company involved. So enjoy the thoughts from the whole agency. Firewood had a busy and exciting 2018. We opened new offices in Mountain View, Mexico City, New York City, and London. We continued our commitment[Read More]

What I learned this year: 2018, Kalee Abella, Senior Art Director at Heat

by / December 13, 2018 / Yesterday we gave you the first of Heat's "What I learned this year" submissions. Well today we have the second one. This look back on 2018 comes from Kalee Abella, Senior Art Director at Heat. (Kalee also did the illustration.) Enjoy! In the creative industry, it's easy to feel like your ideas are constantly getting killed, that time is being wasted on projects that you feel like you’re[Read More]

What I learned this year: 2018, Melissa Ploysophon, Senior Art Director, Heat

by / December 12, 2018 / Heat went above and beyond in their "What I learned thus year" submission - they sent two. The first one is from Melissa Ploysophon, Senior Art Director, who drops some good knowledge - especially about the dogs. Give this one a read, then check back tomorrow for another piece from a Heat Senior AD.   Some *maybe* relevant things I’ve learned this year:   Don’t plan a trip to Haw[Read More]