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To work or to blog: that is the question

July 2nd, 2014


Actually, it’s not really a question at all if you look at the date of my last post here. The good news is that the agency has been really busy the past couple of quarters. All that hard work has resulted in some truly unbelievable growth for our clients. In fact, we’re putting together some great case studies I hope to share in the near future. The Cliff’s Notes version is that nearly every one of our clients were up double digits in the last 12 months.
I’ll start posting the work and results here soon. Unless of course, work gets in the way.

I have a dream. A leaky, noisy, uncomfortable dream.

March 5th, 2014


I love cars. As a kid I think I spent more time looking at Porsche 911 Turbo posters than Farrah Fawcett ones (that’s not normal, right?)

Truth is, if I could have a ten car garage I would. But I don’t, so I’ve spent my life admiring from a respectful distance. I’m usually pretty ok with it being this way because car collecting is an expensive sickness that isn’t currently covered under our company policy. Plus on any given week I love something different. Old Porsches, Austin Healy’s, classic Jaguar’s, modern Audi’s…see what I mean? It’s certainly something that would test the patience of even the most forgiving spouse (I love you, M!).

But there’s always been one vehicle that I always come back to: The Series Land Rover. They’re basically tin cans powered by anemic tractor engines and no creature comforts. Most are held together by rust and tape and if they’re not leaking something, they must be dead. But man, they always get me. I love their history, what they’re capable of, and of course, the way they look. And today, I finally get to realize the dream of owning one. Warts and all.


Here’s to living the dream in all its slow, bumpy, non-airconditioned glory.

Winning doesn’t suck

February 28th, 2014


Despite my ongoing frustration with the Dallas ADDY’s and the lack of 1) decent judges and 2) putting on a fun show, I will cop to the fact that I like winning stuff. Even under lame circumstances.

This years ADDY’s netted us 9 awards including a coveted Judges Choice Award. I have to thank the really great clients we have who allow us to do great, fun work. Interstate Batteries, Service King Collision Repair and the Dallas Farmer’s Market were all winners for us Wednesday night.


So simple. So cool.

February 27th, 2014


This is a great bit for a Swedish hair care product that understands the media environment it’s in. Using sonic sensors and a video panel, the ad “knows” when a train enters the station and shows the woman’s hair blowing around at that moment.
I’m jealous. I love it.

Apotek Hjärtat – Blowing in The Wind from Ourwork on Vimeo.

New Work: Interstate Batteries

February 26th, 2014


Over the winter we broke an extension to our highly successful “No Battery Lasts Longer” print and TV campaign. The new work includes a couple of large truck executions for Interstate’s commercial trucking division which wanted a little love.
Big shout out to Mike Campau who did all of the photo composition and retouching.


Interstate AGM - Pipe Yard

Interstate AGM - Fireworks

Interstate AGM - Barn

Star Wars: in iambic pentameter.

February 25th, 2014


Fandom knows no bounds. From the Elizabethan-centric mind of Ian Doescher comes the epic Star Wars tale told as if written by William Shakespeare. Honestly, I can’t imagine the effort and tedium required to rewrite the story of “A New Hope” in iambic pentameter, but damned if it isn’t awesome to read.

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And to prove he’s a complete masochist, Ian just released a new book of the second movie, “The Empire Striketh Back”.

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I love it.

New Work: Taco Cabana

February 25th, 2014


I’ve been sitting on this new client win for a few months now. Mostly because we were crushingly busy, but also because it’s easier to talk about a new client when you have work to show. With that, I’m happy to say that we launched a shiny new campaign for this, our shiny new client, Taco Cabana. Known as “The Original Mexican Patio Café,” They’re part restaurant, part quick service establishment and all delicious. The food is fresh. The atmosphere is relaxing. The work is, I think, both.

Props to those that helped us bring it to life: director Jeremy Bartel, Liberal Media Films, editor James Rayburn, audio engineer Russell Smith and all the fine folks at Charlie Uniform Tango.
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Old tech meets new table

February 24th, 2014


For some reason I have a soft spot for the technology of my adolescence. Particularly when it gets transformed into something useful today. This retro, 3.5″ floppy disc, coffee table from Neulant Van Exel definitely makes me a little tingly.

Because it’s Wednesday… a font made of beards

February 19th, 2014


Yes. That is exactly what it is.
(via designer Michael Allen and Design Boom)

My obligatory Super Bowl ad post

January 30th, 2014


Head in Hands
I used to really look forward to watching the Super Bowl and its ad circus. There were lots of years where the ads were the only thing worth watching (Tampa Bay v. Oakland, anyone?). But in recent years the thrill of seeing something great/shocking/hysterical/offensive during the game has given way to the joy of seeing those same ads weeks ahead of the actual game. Online. Repeatedly. Read more