• Toronto Edition: In 20 Words or Less What's Your Creative Philosophy

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    In 20 words or less, what's your creative philosophy? What a great question that surely would generate some very creative responses. The SF Egotist first took to asking San Francisco based creatives that very question, the response was a wonderful glimpse into the thought process of some very talented creatives.

    We decided to take the very same question to Toronto creatives, in 20 words or less, what's your creative philosophy? What they shared gives us a look into the thought process of some extremely talented individuals. Take a look - tell us what you think and if you have a creative philosophy of your own share it in the comments.

    "Love what you sell.
    Then be honest with yourself about
    the human emotion why you love it (greed, lust, etc). "

    - Kevin Drew Davis
    Chief Creative Officer at DDB Canada

    "Don't be bitter.
    - Andrew Simon
    Chief Creative Officer at Cundari Advertising

    "Exhaust all possibilities when you create and craft.
    There’s no worse feeling than, in hindsight,
    wishing you’d done things differently."

    - Allen Oke
    Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Toronto

    "Read everything. You'll find what you need when you need it.
    Travel everywhere.
    It's a great punch in the perspective."

    - Barb Williams R.G.D.
    Creative Director at RAPP Toronto

    "2 litres of magic,
    1 cup of cultural tension,
    1 cup execution."

    - Carlos Moreno
    SVP, Executive Creative Director at BBDO Toronto

    "Put energy into work that you believe in;
    find collaborators to vibe with,
    then believe in those people over product."

    - Kai Exos
    Executive Creative Director at SPOKE Agency

    “If you throw someone ten tennis balls,
    they’ll likely be able to catch only one.
    Throw one. Make it count.”

    - Fabio Orlando
    Chief Creative at Tag Idea Revolution

    "Spend weeks researching, experimenting,
    agonizing over an idea...
    then tell everyone it just popped into your head."

    - Jordan Foster
    Creative Director / Partner at six01

    "If the brief can't be
    Delivered in haiku form
    The suits must go back."
    - Suzanne Pope
    SVP, Creative Director at Sudler & Hennessey

    "Think with the mindset of a consumer
    and create
    with the imagination of a child."

    - Gary Watson
    Executive Creative Director at Capital C

    "Make sure your work has a pulse,
    and always remember,
    lions don't lose sleepover the opinions of sheep."

    - Anthony Wolch
    Executive Creative Director at Entrinsic

    "Simplify the complicated."
    - The Toronto Egotist

  • When Brand Building Becomes Personal

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    Jared Dunten is a lot of things. Copywriter. Artist. Father. Husband. Paraplegic. Fighter. That last one probably should have come first.

    In 2000, Jared dove into the Rio Grande, on the Texas/Mexico border. He woke up days later in a hospital 400 miles away. He’d broken his neck and injured his spinal cord.

    Doctors said he’d be lucky to breathe on his own again. Walking? Best to forget about that. But the doctors underestimated him.

    In the 13 years since the accident, Jared has been fighting his way back, starting with breathing on his own. Then months of rehabilitation. He returned to Austin, resumed his job as a copywriter at GSD&M. Became an accomplished painter using only his mouth. Got married. Had twins.

    All the while he’s been fighting paralysis, and fighting the notion that he and others with spinal chord injuries will never walk again.

    He’s become an advocate and activist by doing what he knows best – building brands – taking the skills he learned in the advertising world and applying them to his fight. He started with Will Walk www.willwalk.org, a foundation which uses art and film to create awareness about paralysis.

    And he’s not doing it alone. He’s pulling in people from other areas of the industry to help him create and promote this “brand.” The Butler Bros., Marty and Adam, are longtime friends of Jared. They both had large-agency gigs but left ten years ago to explore more innovative ways to tell brand stories. www.thebutlerbros.com

    They’ve applied their unique approach to a film that uses Jared’s story to encourage people to be more vocal about spinal injury research. See the trailer here: http://bbros.co/willwalk

  • Dear Jr Creative, Earn Your Place. You’ll Be Better For It.

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    Dear Jr Creative,

    I’m a firm believer in earning your keep, starting from the bottom, doing the less than desirable well, before moving up.

    Prove yourself on what seemingly matters little, and people will notice. I promise.

    At the very least, I promise I’ll notice. Because it’s the unorthodox grind of a route I took.

    I was a rich kid from the suburbs. I was embarrassed by it. I hated it. It was a 90’s thing.

    In High School, and in Gen-X “rebellion” against my white collar family, I worked for the Las Vegas Water District doing underground construction.

    I dug ditches and changed water lines during the Vegas Summer for 8 dollars an hour. Not desirable work. And the guys I worked with could smell the rich kid on me. They busted my balls mercilessly for it.

    I dug the shit out of those ditches. I loved it. I used my hands. I used heavy machinery and pneumatic tools—I drove a dump truck (which is awesome by the way).

    All I wanted was the respect of these old guys changing water lines in the desert. Dudes that worked so fucking hard. For so fucking little. To feed their families; their addictions; their gambling debts.

    Eventually, I’d earned a bit of respect.

    I worked hard…”for a skinny rich kid.”

    One day I mentioned to the crew lead: “Fuck it. I like this. Why not full time?”.

    He pulled the truck over to the shoulder of a mountain road, heading North towards Mt. Charleston, looked deep into my face, “Every single one of us would give the world NOT to be here. Stop your blue collar charade. Go to school like you’re supposed to. Get out of this shit.”

    So I did.

    That was my last of three summers working for the water district.

    I went to school for business. Marketing & Advertising to be exact. Which, aside from teaching me some business basics, really just help develop my aptness for bullshit.

    Luckily for me, somewhere along the line, I learned a real skill and about this thing called the “Internet.” It was a place I could upload the photos I was taking (and developing in a darkroom, btw). I learned some Photoshop and HTML skills because of it. Eventually, I started freelancing: horrible graphic design and web work. Whatever I could get—fucking rave fliers, man. I just wanted to learn. The beer money was the gravy on top.

    My first “real” job out of college was resizing graphics for an eCommerce company. I showed up for the interview on my skateboard, handed the HR lady my resume and said, “I’ll take anything. I know Photoshop. Here’s my book.” I didn’t even know what a “designer” was. But that’s why I was there. And by no means was I a designer; Photoshop monkey…maybe.

    Ninety people had been laid off a month prior to me being brought on. I was the first hire after those layoffs and in the eyes of everybody…I was “that guy…”

    I was at the bottom of the totem pole. Where I belonged.

    The only thing I had going for me was a fear of “sucking.” And for the record, I sucked. (Certainly compared to the kids I see today).

    “…good enough to resize graphics” was what I overheard the Creative Director say, just around the corner.

    So I resized graphics. I resized the shit out of graphics, learning to code HTML along the way. I unlearned what I learned in business school. And learned…business. I developed site and page concepts for fun. Always showing my boss. Wanting critique. Always trying to get better. People noticed. He noticed. I gained more and more responsibility and more importantly, trust. Never begging for more money. Just wanting to do more work, better work.

    To not suck.

    Eventually, I took over as Creative Lead. I redesigned both KBToys.com and eToys.com. Enterprise level eCommerce stuff. Real businesses, making real money. I thought the designs were pretty damn good for the early 00’s. Some of the first .com’s to switch to 1024x768. We won some eCom industry awards. It moved product. I thought I was hot shit.

    I was far from it.

    Fast forward a decade and I’m blown away by the level of talent that’s out there. Kids today come out of school with so much fucking skill it’s crazy. But with all of that skill, in so many, there is equal-to-more parts hubris. An entitled attitude that seems to expect everything for nothing.

    Somewhere, along the lines, we (everyone) got sensitive. We started giving trophies for last place. People forgot how to take criticism. We started (and continue) to want to spare people from the realities of what it really takes. Close counts. Thanks for trying. Better luck next time—even worse—Fail Harder.

    I hate this phrase more than anything.

    “Fail Harder” is a manifesto for the delusional, the lazy—the lotto dreamer.

    Celebrating failure is a cop out. Be pissed that you fucked up—when you lose. And know why.

    Fail “Smarter” maybe. But failing hard is for losers.

    Industry-wise, we covet the idea. Not its realization, it’s viability.

    “I want to be an AD. But I don’t write and I don’t design. I’m an idea guy”

    “No, no, no, i’m a UX guy. I don’t do wires and I don’t do finished design. I just explore interaction concepts.”

    “I want to be a CD. But I don’t like talking with clients.”

    “My new Web 3.0 business concept doesn’t have a revenue model—it’s like Instagram but with animated gifs of kittens.”

    Ideation in a clientless vacuum; devoid the realities of real life (inside an agency or any company for that matter). Feasibility. Budgets. Client bureaucracies. The fact is that big ideas take time to sell. They die. They have to be reborn. And that it’s your role to breath the life back in. But only if you really give a shit.

    The “idea” is the tip of a gigantic, shit stained iceberg of work. And if you aren’t ready for what it takes, or worse, you think “that it’s someone else’s job” to push your idea from ether to reality—reconsider your profession.

    My advice is simple: don’t be the entitled kid. The kid who over indexes in ambition but lacks any real passion—any real drive other than a new title at a new agency.

    Be the kid who wants to learn even when he doesn’t have to—the designer who wants to learn to write, to code, to understand business because it makes the design better.

    Don’t be an industry douche. They call themselves ninjas or gurus…even evangelists. They’re the ones who will tell you, to your face, that they are smarter than the other guy. They’re the ones who have stopped reading by now.

    Don’t be the kid who hops around. Don’t be the kid, who, when given the chance, will opt for the bare minimum. Who scoffs at perspective. The kid who will jeopardize the team to spare his fragile ego. The kid, who, when faced with a situation that gets difficult, says “I’m too good for this kind of work. I deserve better.”

    Nobody deserves shit. Until you do. And even then, never admit it.

    I’m now the old guy. I get it…

    I’m not saying you need to go out and work construction. But it’s good to know where you don’t want to be. And understand why.

    I know I don’t want to resize graphics anymore. Why? Well…because it sucks.

    But I’ll still dig the shit out of a ditch.

    - Dave

    I should note, that my teen “rebellion” against my Father was laughably ironic. My dad was blue collar. A cowboy who changed tires on big rigs before finishing college and becoming who he is today.

    Behind my teen angst, unbeknownst to me all that time, I was trying to be just like him.

    What a silly little rich kid.

    David Snyder is Executive Creative Director at Firstborn. Living in Brooklyn. He likes progressive thought, design and technology. He eats and libates well. This editorial original posted on Medium.

  • How to Spend $275 Million in 48 Minutes: Three Super Bowl Ad Trends for 2013

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    Want to watch $275 Million get spent in 48 minutes? Just tune into CBS at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday to see one of America's greatest primetime displays of violence, debauchery and poor impulse control. And I'm not talking about the Super Bowl…

    I'm talking about the Super Bowl ads.

    In all seriousness, these days it's no surprise that independent research year after year continues to show that over half of U.S adult viewers plan to watch the Super Bowl as much, or more, for the ads than for the game itself. In fact, social listening measurement findings suggested that in 2012 64% of respondents said that half or more of their conversations online with respect to the Super Bowl were about the commercials themselves.

    With the average investment of $4 Million on the line for a 30-second spot, it's no wonder why the CMOs of many of these advertisers are looking to squeeze their investment for every penny.

    There are three standout trends that have continued to proliferate the Super Bowl ad space for the last several years (and by all accounts will continue even more in 2013).

    01. Online Ad Preview and Teasers

    Online Ad Previews and Teasers are becoming more of the norm. VW made the most famous splash last year with its Star Wars parodies that received over 56 Million hits after allwas said and done, largely in part to the pre-release of the spotson YouTube.

    This year's early winner goes to the Kate Upton Mercedes spot, which in one week gained over 5 Million views (and counting).

    Humbling news as, by this author's account, this is one of the more ridiculously off-brand spots I've ever seen. Given the fact that the CLA won't even be available for the next 7 months, the brand needs lasting impression and awareness. Regardless of the substance, it's clear that Mercedes knows the value of online traction and will do whatever it takes, no matter how low-brow, to get an early lead among its rivals.

    Regarding the idea of Super Bowl teasers, the concept is simple,but the debate still rages on about whether or not the big reveal should be saved for the big game. While we don't promote a "one size fits all" approach to advertising, and I'm sure there are errors to the rule, it's hard to argue with the facts. Mashable reports, "According to YouTube's research, ads that ran online before the Super Bowl last year got 9 Million views, on average. Those that waited? 1.3 Million." With, on average, three times as many views online over broadcast, many could argue that the real winner in all of this is actually YouTube.

    02. Ads for Social Democracy

    Ads by social democracy are becoming more common in 2013. While Doritos pioneered the concept with their user-generated ads in the past few years, this year we are seeing a greater variety of the concept. For instance, one of the biggest brands in the world, Budweiser, has finally launched a Twitter account in its name. The brand, which had a little more than 600 followers Monday morning, is using the account to promote its upcoming Super Bowl ad, which will feature a Clydesdale foal via their Twitter hashtag campaign. Pepsi is also using their site and Twitterto recruit some of their fans to strike a pose with their can before their half-time show.

    But, the big pre-game winners in 2013 seem to be the "choose your own adventure" style ads from Audi and Coke. In what Audi says is a Super Bowl first, they recorded separate endings for their "Prom Night"commercial, and are compiling social votes where the audience chooses the ending. Coke created cokechase.comto tease their spots by highlighting three different sets of teams who are all racing to win a giant coke in the desert. The team with the most votes online will get their spot aired right after the game.


    03. Second Screen

    This year, more viewers than ever will be watching on a second screen. Now in real-time, technology allows brands to engage with the viewing public on their mobile phone or tablet during the event. For instance, Yahoo's Into_Now pioneered app technology that augments the second screen experience by using the unique audio digital signature in a television show topickup, and serve up, content directly related to that show. CBS estimates ad revenue alone from their second screen engagement to be between $10-$12 Million. Being able to interact with stats,player bios, team formations, highlights and social aspects is an essential part of any second screen approach for the sports enthusiast.

    Regardless of all of the hype, a few certainties remain. The Super Bowl represents one of the highest risk: reward ratios in advertising. Because of this, marketers are getting smarter by using not only the right tools, but also the right content to get the consumer's attention. Disintermediation is taking effect and the consumer is finally starting to see large-scale control of and connection with their favorite brands. As our society gets more social and mobile, so does the advertising.

    Needless to say, as an advertiser, I am thankful for the Super Bowl. If not for any other time during the year - the Super Bowl gives us an annual magnified window into the progress of advertising. With so much attention to the commercials, it almost makes me feel sorry for the guys on the field.


    Originally posted on the Rodgers Townsend blog.

  • 12 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Creatives

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    Apps, apps, apps. Everywhere you look, they're there. Almost de riguer on digital briefs these days, like banners and MPUs were in the 'old' days.

    It's estimated that over 400,000 new apps will be released this year - as there clearly aren't enough already...

    So which of the current crop are actually useful to an iPhone-toting creative looking to boost their productivity or just find inspiration?

    We only have iPhones at Ego Towers. The good news is that many of those listed below are available on other platforms too. Here goes...

    1. Dropbox

    You'll know this already, no doubt. Google has Google Drive, Microsoft has SkyDrive. They all do essentially the same thing with a few minor differences - online storage 'in the cloud'.

    Store your files where you can access them any time you have internet access.

    Dropbox lets you define which folders are public and you can share specific files with specific people.

    Saves bloating everyone's email with vast attachments and makes everything easier to file and find.

    Dropbox has great integration with other apps making it easy to create files in other apps and save them straight into your Dropbox.

    Download Dropbox >

    2. Evernote

    This is the power behind The London Egotist. With day jobs to attend to and families waiting at home, the commute is where a lot of the legwork is done - and it's done in Evernote.

    It's a relatively simple text editor that syncs with every browser you can think of (even Opera). Write your note and as if by magic, it'll be waiting for you on your desktop machine.

    Formatting tools are simple and comprehensive and the autocorrect is mercifully accurate.

    You can add voice and photos to your notes too if you're that way inclined.

    You can add tags to make files easier to find and it automatically geo-tag your notes so if all you can remember is where you wrote your note, Evernote will help you find it.

    Download Evernote >

    3. Tiny Scan

    Expenses. The eternal tension between admin and getting your own money back from Accounts.

    We've never found it easy, doing it in batches months apart so we forget the whole process in the meantime.

    What this app does us convert a photo if your receipt into a PDF that you can email yourself or save into your Dropbox.

    Then you just attach the PDF to your online claim and your money's on its way (slowly).

    Download TinyScan for iPhone (paid)

    4. Clipboard

    We resisted Pinterest but Clipboard does a similar thing with less of the 'look everyone, I'm curating!' vibe.

    It's good for scrap-booking if you're researching a brief, pulling together reference or you can showcase all the different places your lovely integrated campaign appeared in.

    Download Clipboard for iPhone >

    5. Great-Ads

    This is really just a web-app/shortcut on your phone pointing to great-ads.blogspot.com

    They pull together the latest and greatest ads from all over the world, so it's a handy window onto how the rest of the planet is selling toilet bleach.

    Download the Great Ads web app > (go here via your mobile)

    6. TED

    "TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology. Entertainment. Design."

    If you don't have this already, you need it - unless you're that Steve Jobs - and we're pretty sure no one is these days.

    This is inspiration for creativity and technology with valuable lessons for humanity and sometimes marketing. Each video is downloadable, so you can benefit from the wisdom of Stephen Hawking and Sir Ken Robinson wherever you are.

    You will feel surprisingly worldly and uplifted after every single one.

    Download TED for iPhone >

    7. Fathm

    Timesheets have always vexed us, so anything that helps is more than welcome on our smartphone.

    This is the prettiest apps of the bunch - though setting it up's a tiny bit fiddly.

    Once you've got past that, it's just a question of remembering to let Fathm know what you're up to so it can keep track of the hours for you.

    Download Fathm for iPhone >

    8. Snapseed

    Exercise your inner re-toucher - and you know, Instagram filters are for amateurs. Snapseed is one if the best, most feature-packed of the many mobile photo editing apps out there.

    For example, Selective Adjust lets to make subtle changes to a selected area of your photo, while Tune Image gives you control over the white balance and other ambient colour effects.

    Download Snapseed for iPhone >

    9. Pocket

    Pocket lets you save web pages to your iPhone so you can browse them offline when you're underground or somewhere you can't guarantee a good connection to the web. It can preserve the web page layout or you can choose a reader-friendly 'Article View' if you prefer.

    It's as simple as bookmarking a page, syncing while you still have a data signal then you're set. Plus you can bookmark pages on your desktop to save them to your phone. Smart.

    Download Pocket for iPhone >

    10. Image To Text

    A simple yet clever character recognition app. Take a photo of some text on a page and it'll send the editable text to your email.

    A bit geeky but very handy if you don't fancy typing out paragraphs needlessly.

    Overlooked and underrated.

    Download Image To Text for iPhone >

    11. Pocket Lists

    There are lots and lots of To-Do apps and this is one of them. What sets this apart is the ability to set reminders by time and or location.

    Need to remember to call that production company back as soon as you get into the office? Easy. Just enter the reminder and your office postcode and you won't forget.

    It syncs with all your existing work and Google calendars so those reminders will find you wherever you are.

    Download Pocket Lists for iPhone >

    12. Snapguide

    This is actually an app designed to help people share their step-by-step how-to guides using a sequence of annotated photos.

    However, there's no reason why you couldn't use it to map out a TV storyboard on the move or an online user journey on the train home.

    Download Snapguide for iPhone >

    So that's our top 12. What have we missed? Tell us in the Comments below or email us london@theegotist.com

  • Another quiet day for Improv Nowhere.

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    Inspired by zeitgeist-surfing success of Improv Everywhere and the subsequent copying and rehashing by less talented and unimaginative groups and brands, Improv Nowhere regularly organises stunts where no one turns up, passers-by remain undisturbed and toes remain uncurled.

    Over the last year or so, Improv Nowhere has left public spaces like railway concourses and shopping centres free of flash-mobs, fake arguments and synchronised embarrassment.

    Often, members of Improv nowhere will turn up in individually, blending in with the unsuspecting public. Then they'll spontaneously continue to go about their business just as though they had a genuine reason for being there instead of being driven by a desperate desire for attention in life.

    Only last month in the run-up to Christmas, Improv Nowhere organised a no-show at Bluewater, the UK's busiest shopping mall.

    Improv Nowhere's audacious Bluewater no-show

    One shopper remarked, "I was just trying to find a shirt for my dad when all of a sudden a group of hitherto hidden drama students and semi-employed decided not to burst into a tired song and dance routine, while not being filmed on a handful of Canon 5D's, some not capturing the tired incredulity of onlookers. It was really refreshing actually. I was half-expecting random strangers to start walking around with no trousers on - it would have been hilarious. 3 or 4 years ago."

    Improv Nowhere spokesperson Jenny Wilson said, "As soon as I saw the flashmob sequence on the BBC's "Young Apprentice", I knew it was something I'd always wanted to avoid. It's definitely an idea whose time had come. And then gone quite swiftly afterwards."

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    “Logistically it's a challenge trying to prevent over-eager students and people old enough to know better from emerging into a half-arsed dance number that's been done to death already."

    "Spontaneity is key. We practice practice practice until we have our spontaneity down pat. Then it's simply a case of seeing what every other ambient campaign has done and organising everyone to not turn up or do anything.”

    More non-events are planned. Jenny adds, "Not doing the whole of Gangnam Style dressed as the clergy is a real favourite. We're thinking of not flash-mobbing the Tube as 80's videogame characters and not making people cringe in public spaces all over the UK."

  • What We Learned In 2012: Brian Ford

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    Founder/Executive Creative Director of Zambezi.

    I’ve never been a person who reflects on the past. I’m the guy who records the present through words/pictures/film and then noodles with it later. I learn from the past by making things out of it. I’ve been doing it since middle school, and I think somewhere along the way I convinced myself that experiences and memories would be stronger if I made films or photo books out of them. I also wanted to impress my friends and have them not hate me for recording them in the first place.

    So if it’s cool with you, what I want to do is share some things that we’ll call “2012 learnings.” I can’t bullet point them or give it the top ten treatment. I just want to chuck some stuff your way and we’ll get through this just fine. And true to form, I’ll do it with a little film. It’s mostly a smattering of the people around me in 2012, whom I learn from every day. Spoiler alert: you will learn nothing from this film. If you learn anything, it’s to surround yourself with people that inspire you. It’s easier to learn when you’re inspired. Enjoy.

    - Brian

    To read the entire "What We Learned In 2012' series, click this.

  • What We Learned In 2012: Jason Sperling

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    Senior VP/Group Creative Director, RPA Jason Sperling is the creative force behind a number of highly iconic campaigns, like the launch of the iPhone and is perhaps best known as the creative director and driving force behind “Mac vs. PC” campaign.

    What I learned in 2012, in no particular order.

    It is not okay to be sitting on the couch watching TV, working on a laptop and instant messaging on an iPhone all at the same time. A line must be drawn.

    Giant pandas can be both adorable and creepy.

    People enjoy socializing with brands when they act more like friends – helpful, caring, selfless and a really good listener.

    Patton Oswalt, Rob Delaney and Kelly Oxford are #awesome on Twitter.

    Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg are apparently replaceable.

    Forty doesn’t make you old. But it also doesn’t make your nerdiness any more acceptable.

    If your daughter says she wants a pixie cut, don’t believe her. Afterwards she’ll yell at you, cry her eyes out and demand all her hair back “this instant!”

    No matter how sticky and awesome and shareable our content is, we still have to contend with things like this…

    Skype interviews never seem to work. “Can you see me? No? How about now? No? Now? How about now? No? This fix it? No? Fuck this. We’re talking on the phone.”

    RPA doesn’t have much more time being the underdog that no one expected to win the big award or come up with the amazing idea.

    I found out there’s a giant blue bear on the loose in Denver.

    Nothing puts a strain on a relationship, dinner party or discussion at a urinal like a national election.

    When you type in “Where is Farmshop?” Siri shows you this.

    Matthew Broderick still totally rules.

    We could not have helped a nicer, more deserving band get their big break.

    Whether you win an award at Cannes or you don’t, the show ends, the walls get picked clean and it all starts over again.

    I learned that interns can be brilliant. And somewhat devious.

    You have to earn respect. Every single day, with every single piece of work you do.

    Clients expect and deserve your very best.

    I learned I have the most awesome creative department in the world. Wickedly talented. Uncomfortably nice. And chock full of heart.

    And I learned that if you do great work, a blog that refers to you as “so-and-so” in 2011 might actually know you by name in 2012. J

    To read the entire "What We Learned In 2012' series, click this.

  • What We Learned In 2012: Adhemas Batista

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    Adhemas Batista is an insanely talented gifted self-taught graphic designer/illustrator transplant from São Paulo, Brazil and is in the business of selling colors.

    To read the entire "What We Learned In 2012' series, click this.

  • What We Learned In 2012: Jason Gaboriau

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    Aside from being devilishly handsome Jason Gaboriau (pronounced Gab-o-something) is the VP Executive Creative Director of the Crispin Porter + Bogusky Los Angeles office.

    2012 was a great year for me; personally and professionally. And like any great year there was a lot of learning that happened. And since you asked the question of, "What I learned in 2012" and weren’t very specific, I thought I’d take it literally and give you the full list.

    • I learned that California is the greatest place to live and work (taxes aside).
    • I learned the Magic Castle is awesome.
    • I learned telling people you listen to Today’s Country is always met with a grimace.
    • I learned that Jason Lively, Rusty from European Vacation, lost his virginity to the German girl he flirts with in that movie.
    • I learned that the hardest thing about being Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Alcohol Free and Caffeine Free is explaining why you are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Alcohol Free and Caffeine Free.
    • I learned that there are no Palm Trees in Los Angeles that contain coconuts.
    • I learned the name on Mr. T’s license is Mr. (First Name) T. (Last Name).
    • I learned you should never post opposing political views on Facebook lest you be damned.
    • I learned that Moms read Adcritic too.
    • I (re)learned how fun advertising can be.
    • I learned a lot of great stuff from the really smart people in every department at CP&B.
    • I learned that famous people eat burritos just like the rest of us (except they eat half and throw the rest away).
    • I learned that you can love NYC and not miss it at all.
    • I learned that the 405 at 8 AM is the perfect time to make personal calls.
    • I learned that the best focus group is a stranger on an airplane.
    • I learned that there is no such thing as 'too many Whole Foods.’
    • I learned which airplanes have Wi-Fi.
    • I learned that Douglas Fir Christmas trees do not smell Christmas-y at all.
    • I learned that being nice is a really great leadership tactic.
    • I learned that you can get arrested, handcuffed and thrown in jail for NOT having a California license.
    • I learned that cowl neck sweaters look great, even in prison.
    • I learned that Dijon mustard can be anthemic.
    • I learned (always knew) there is no such thing as copywriter, art director, Digital Copywriter or digital art director anymore.
    • I still haven’t learned how to spell.
    • I learned that once a client buys a great idea then the real hard work begins.
    • I learned it's always a good idea to let your brain rest and go see a movie.
    • I learned that the advertising community's approval never feels as good as your family’s approval.
    • I (we all) learned that I look great in women's jeans.

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