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Posts Tagged ‘Nick Parish’

Thursday Morning Stir

-Team Sprint, aka Leo Burnett and Digitas (which we’ve been told by the way is NOT getting bought up by Dentsu as tipsters are alleging), have unveiled the new “I Am Unlimited” campaign to help launch the carrier’s iPhone 5 (above).

-The Art Directors Club welcomed six new members to its board of directors including BBDO NY EVP/ECD Greg Hahn, DiGennaro Communications boss Sam DiGennaro and my old Creativity cohort and current Contagious editorial director, Americas, Nick Parish. link

-Former Havas Amsterdam creative director Peter Hamelinck, who was responsible to “Tweetphony” among other efforts, has joined denim brand G-Star Raw as CD.

-Bi-coastal prodco Tool added Brandon Sanders as senior digital producer. link

-Google is selling off its Motorola Mobility Home division for a cool $2.35 billion. link

-Software engineering solutions company EPAM Systems acquired seven-year-old, PA-based digital strategy/design firm Empathy Lab.

 

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‘Hindsight Project’ Gathers Ad World Wisdom

To combat growing unease in the advertising world and encourage young creative upstarts, Mat Zucker, Andrea Leminke and David Gaddie have founded the “Hindsight Project.” Professionals from the advertising world share everything they wish they’d known, providing well-earned wisdom to aspiring ad-makers. Contagious editorial director Nick Parish talks about learning to write clearly (below), while JWT ECD Sarah Barclay advises people to be inventive.

In addition to the videos, the Hindsight site links to their Pinterest “Board of Wisdom” and a resources and recommendations page for ambitious interns everywhere.

The Hindsight Project is a heartwarming idea, as if the Mad Men attended a yoga retreat and finally found their inner children. And the practical aspect (resource list, impressive collection of stellar ad people to contact) pairs well with inspirational words. That said, I wish the site looked less like a cobbled-together school presentation. Tiny text and sloppy content placement make it a visually unpleasant destination. But they say it’s the thought that counts—and it’s high time the ad world got a bit more thoughtful. Check out one more clip featuring R/GA’s Barry Wacksman wax philosophical on succeeding on the business side after the jump.

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Let’s Step into Our TARDIS and Revisit Some of Our Favorite Bloggers’ First Posts

Because we totally have a TARDIS. All Mediabistro employees get one. This is why articles sometimes seemingly change after they were posted with no trace of any editing. Consider your mind freaked.

Anyway, a new Tumblr titled “THIS IS MY FIRST BLOG POST” bills itself as “a carefully curated collection of today’s top bloggers and their first blog posts.” Though it’s only been around for a little over a week, it takes the busywork out of finding some of our favorite blogs’ humble beginnings. Hey, Adverblog has been around since 2003, and its first post was about Nike winning advertising of the year. And look, it’s Steve Hall‘s Ad Rants, which began in 2002 with a post talking about the “good” advertising has brought to the world of the Internet. Little did Steve know that one day he would be forced to talk about QR codes. Ugh, QR codes. Think about this: We live in a world where SnapTags are actually an improvement on something else.

Among posts from Ian Schafer and Nick Parish we find our humble blog, which has a post from July 2007 written by our own editor emeritus SuperSpy titled “Because Your Girlfriend Bores You Shitless.” SuperSpy has a way with words, doesn’t she? In reality, this entry should come with a steroids-era type asterisk, as SuperSpy was blogging away on WordPress long before AgencySpy migrated over to Mediabistro. The more you know.

SXSW Sunday Party Wrap: Barbarians, Bands and CNN

If there’s one wish to be granted at SXSW, it’s to be in multiple places at once. With parties scattered throughout downtown Austin, it’s logistically impossible to hit a majority of them up, but we gave it a valiant effort nonetheless. First up was an early evening event being thrown by Draftfcb to promoted the agency’s new group Tumblr weblog called Firestarter. Aptly enough, the soiree took place at a bar way out on West 6th Street called Molotov. While the DJ downstairs dropped beats with Super Mario Bros gameplay serving as a backdrop, the real schmoozing and boozing took place on the rooftop deck. There was a very summer-esque vibe as”Fire girls” roamed the grounds while staffers passed out Firestarter t-shirts as well as pairs of peculiar Kanye West-like glasses (below). The sun hadn’t even set, but it was time to move on.

After literally devouring a pig (along with veggies) and getting some downtime at a dinner thrown by my former colleague’s agency, Skinny, it was time to hit up some of Sunday’s most hyped events including CNNMoney’s party at the CNN Grill, where the network/site’s “stars” including Ali Velshi hobnobbed with guests including Angry Birds co-creator Juhana Kotlainen, Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow, Twitter’s Erica Anderson and David Carr from The New York Times. Patron was served along with delicacies like yellowfin tuna Cru and a chap named David All became the random winner of a brand new iPad2 by checking into the party on Gowalla.

The media mingling, though, had to give way to the music as yours truly was most excited for the Barbarian Group/StumbleUpon party way up the hill at the Mohawk. Bands including headliners No Age and actor Michael Cera‘s project, Mister Heavenly, were tapped to play in the outdoor patio. From what we hear, Cera is just as awkward in real life as he is playing the same character in every movie as he was quite shy about photo opps at the party (though here’s a blurry pic of him soundchecking). After getting through the tiny VIP entrance and chatting it up briefly with Barbarian co-head Rick Webb and Contagious editor Nick Parish, it was time to check out No Age and the three-piece didn’t disappoint. It was intense punk, rock, emo and almost new-wave at times, but well worth the claustrophobia and hike all the way across town. But with old age creeping in, it was time to leave, skip the Vimeo party and head to the hotel and crash.It was only 10pm…yeesh, one more day to go…

McGinness to Serve as ADC Interactive Jury Chair

The Art Directors Club continues its promotional tour-de-force for its 90th annual awards show by announcing that Will McGinness (who bears a striking resemblance to my old pal, Nick Parish) will serve as jury chair for the Interactive portion of the event. You may remember McGinness from such agencies as Goodby (seven years spent) and Arnold (where he worked on the VW account), but now the creative is a CD at SF-based Venables Bell & Partners, which he joined in September of last year. McGinness will spearhead a jury that includes the likes of Arnold Boston CCO Pete Favat and Goodby CDO Mike Geiger. Read full jury list after the jump and as a reminder, the submission deadline for the Interactive category is Jan. 28.

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Who’s Hitting Up the Contagious/Moth Event Tonight?

The Advertising Week festivities are slowly drawing to a close and while we’ve hit up our fair share of panels that were fun and interesting, we’re particularly looking forward to this event tonight that’s being thrown by Contagious, Organic and non-profit group The Moth. We figured we’d give our buddy Nick Parish over at Contagious some free publicity for this affair, which is being billed as a StorySLAM and will feature the likes of Gerry Graf, Joyce King Thomas and Eric Silver. We’ll be there so come say hi. Get more info here.

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