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Posts Tagged ‘James Cooper’

Yes, There is Now a Facebook App that Will Tell You Which of Your Friends Have the Flu

If you’ve ever needed a medically motivated excuse for blacklisting your Facebook friends, Help Remedies and agency Tool are here with a web app that will tell you which of your contacts is afflicted with illness this flu season. Let the public shaming commence!

The Facebook app, fittingly named “Help My Friend Gave me the Flu,” marks interactive director/clothing designer James Cooper‘s first project for Tool, who lured Cooper away from JWT in October. Of the app Cooper says, “Most Facebook ideas are all about gaining friends and keeping in touch  - Help My Friend Gave me the Flu – is the opposite. It works out who you should avoid!” In other words, should you come down with the flu, you will lose Facebook friends at a similar rate in which you lose vacation days. But, this is what you get for telling people you’re sick in order to cultivate sympathy “Likes,” I guess.

Regarding his debut for Tool, Cooper tells us, “‘I really like simple ideas that are based on a truth. I think when people get sick the first thing they do is look to blame someone, then they dick around on Facebook. So, we were thinking, combine the two. Also, I quite like the idea of a site that is supposed to be all about making new friends and reaching out to people actually telling you who you should avoid. Or maybe that’s just me.”

For more information on the app, visit Tool’s website or access the app on Facebook here. Credits after the jump.

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The Electoral Process Now Comes Down to Chewing Gum

For those of you who are somehow still undecided on who to vote for this Election Day, perhaps Stefan Haverkamp can make things easier for you. The New York-based Miami Ad School teacher and JWT/MRM alum, who’s given us everything from webcam stalker films to 9/11 memorials over the years, is back with another installment of “Gum Election.”

The video above should give you the gist of the street art project, which Haverkamp initially launched in 2008 as a way of not only encouraging people to vote, but making the streets cleaner in the process. Hell, with less than two weeks  left before we determine our 45th president, perhaps a stick of Juicy Fruit, Big Red or whatever it is you chew is the best way of proving that democracy really can work.

Credits:

Stefan Haverkamp: Creator/ Creative
James Cooper: Creator/ Creative
Hedvig Astrom: Creative

JWT Alum Cooper Heads to Tool

It looks like James Cooper has basically kept his word that he was leaving the agency world as he’s now landed a gig as an interactive director at production company, Tool (which has lured other agency folks in recent years including CP+B alum Matt Bonin and EVB co-founder, Jason Zada). Cooper, if you recall, most recently served as chief creative innovation officer at JWT but resigned from his post in May after spending just over a year-and-a-half at the agency.

The digital/creative director, who also co-founded “ping-pong clothing” brand Thompson Punke, has worked both in New York and in the U.K, serving as a CD at the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Dare, Ogilvy London and Agency Republic during his career. Regarding Cooper’s move to Tool, the prodco’s EP, digital Dustin Callif says, “Tool’s in-house digital capabilities and roster of talent have grown tremendously over the past few years. James is exactly the sort of leader who can help us marshal those resources into our next game-changer.”

Friday Morning Stir

-Fast Company profiles now-former JWT chief creative innovation officer James Cooper and his ping-pong clothing brand, Thompson Punke. link

-What happens when Hyper Island, the 4A’s and ThinkLA get together with Los Angeles ad folks to chow down and write a book? Well, here you go. link

-VivaKi teamed up with Russian search engine Yandex to launch a new targeting tool for display ads dubbed Digital Eye. link

-Will Amazon really own the entertainment ad vertical? link

-German shop Jung von Matt has some interesting recruiting methods (above). link

 

Cooper Leaves JWT, Advertising Industry at Large

Once again, our tipsters were on the money. Sources familiar with the matter confirm that James Cooper is leaving his post as JWT Chief Creative Innovation Officer to focus on projects outside of advertising. Cooper joined JWT’s NY office in October 2010 after stints at Saatchi and Saatchi and Dare, London.

In a post on his personal Tumblr, Cooper says, “It’s no secret that to anyone that follows me that I have been wanting to do something more entrepreneurial for a while. So this summer I am taking some time out from advertising to do just that.”

Meanwhile, in a statement, JWT says, “JWT New York and James Cooper are parting ways at the end of the month. He’ll be focusing on some of his entrepreneurial projects, primarily Thompson Punke, a ping pong clothing brand which he has recently launched with Red Antler. He’s also planning to write the third book to be published by Creative Social.”

Saatchi Alum Takes Chief ‘Innovation’ Role at JWT

JWT announced that James Cooper has joined the agency’s New York office as chief creative innovation officer. Cooper, who we now recognize from Matt O’Rourke‘s going away party (blatant shout-out), arrives from Saatchi & Saatchi, where he spent the past the past 18 months as a integrated creative director and led campaigns including JCPenney’s “Return to the Doghouse” and Wheaties’ “The Most Valuable Tweeter.”

Prior to Saatchi, Cooper spent nearly three years as a CD at Dare, London (where he helped the shop win “Digital Agency of the Decade” nods from Campaign), and was a creative partner at Anomaly for a brief while. In addition to Cooper, JWT’s North American CEO and worldwide digital director David Eastman announced that Beth Waxman-Arteta and Iris Worldwide alum John Baker will take on the roles of co-presidents of client services at JWT, effective Nov. 1.

Update: According to a source familiar with the matter, Graf’s departure definitely had an impact on staff as we’ve been told that Dan Kelleher, CD on Miller and Alison Gragnano, CD on Gen Mills, both quit earlier this year. The pair were the two most senior creatives under new CCO Con Williamson, who we hear is a nice guy but has been put in a tough spot in the post-Graf era.