“What I learned this year: 2018” By Brett Lovelady, Founder & Chief Instigator, ASTRO Studios

by / December 3, 2018 / We're starting our popular annual series "What I learned this year: 2018." It's a chance f0r some of the most creative people in our industry to reflect on the year that was and impart some knowledge for you to take into 2019. So watch for these all the way through until the New Year. Our first one is from Brett Lovelady, Founder of ASTRO Studios JANUARY I re-learned that jumping out of the ho[Read More]

Egotist Briefs: Analisa Goodin of Catch&Release

by / August 6, 2018 / User generated content is literally everywhere these days. But how do you get the rights to that cat video/meme or find a dozen clips for your brand's manifesto? Better yet, how do you get connected to authentic content producers who make this stuff day in and day out? Well, we talked to Analisa Goodin, the Founder & CEO of Catch&Release about it all. Catch&Release started off in one[Read More]

Egotist Briefs: Brett Lovelady of Astro Studios

by / June 13, 2018 / We haven't done an Egotist Briefs in a while, so we knew when it was time we'd better come strong. Well, this one is great if you do ask us. We spoke with Brett Lovelady, Founder, Creative Capitalist, Designer and Chief Instigator at Astro Studios. Give it a read. “Fighting gravity.” It's your tagline. Where’d that come from and what does it mean? Fighting Gravity means to elevate above[Read More]

Sorry ads, indeed.

by / May 30, 2018 / You may have heard , suddenly, in the midst of the NBA playoffs a national sorry-storm broke out. Wells Fargo, Facebook and Uber are spending millions on earnest ads that imply how sorry they are. Without ever saying sorry, of course. These ads range from mediocre to painful. They forget the basics of advertising. You must have something to say. You must be believable. On these measure[Read More]

A primer on how to build your student portfolio

by / March 19, 2018 / Portfolio season is upon us. To the students out there at ad schools, or for anyone just trying to get into the business, we have a few suggestions. These are not rules. And they likely contradict what you may hear elsewhere. But a few years ago I began to help bring in the talent here at Venables Bell and so I’ve probably looked at hundreds of portfolios in that time. And as someone who sees co[Read More]

My 2018 To-Do List: Haraldur Thorleifsson, Founder / CEO, ueno.

by / March 6, 2018 / People have limited time. You have a row of small moments that somehow fill your days. And then they die. Someone else is working on fixing the death part (we can’t do everything). Ueno was founded to work on the small moments. To make them more meaningful, fun, inspiring, exciting, stupid and surprising. To date we have focused most of our efforts on creating digital things. Things you can’[Read More]

My 2018 To-Do List: David Morrissey, Strategy Director + Head of Communications Planning, Camp + King

by / February 26, 2018 / The only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever kept was 2016’s, when I resolved to learn how to make the best meatballs. That’s right–meatballs. With a little help from Marcella Hazan’s Classic Italian Cookbook, lots of experimentation with beef and pancetta, and a willingness to ignore my growing waistline, huzzah! Resolution achieved. Unfortunately, in my experience outside of meatballs, [Read More]

My 2018 To-Do List: Jamie Barrett, founder, barrettSF

by / February 20, 2018 / On January 2nd, the first real day of the year, I woke up. Kinda. By "woke up" I mean I glanced sideways to check the time. I prayed the clock would say 11:30pm. It didn't. It screamed 6:45 in the morning. Crap on a stick. I look to the other side of the bed. My wife Beth is long gone, probably well into her fourth productive task of the day. I look to the foot of the bed and see our jobless do[Read More]