• With all this tech about, is the big idea 'no idea'? Aussie CDs discuss. *May contain irony.

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    Are we thinking stuff through too much? What if we just chucked a load of tech together and let the public pick the bones out of it. And besides, there's just no room for an idea in amongst the live-streaming 3D-printed QR codes being delivered by a quad-copter.

    Starring a galaxy of creative stars from Down Under, this is of course a spoof that sets the stage for the Creative Fuel event in Sydnay at the end of July.

    The point is valid though. Increasingly tech can come first and the idea a distant second - if at all. It's a watchout for everyone: yes, technology can augment an idea but not replace it. Ideally it's invisible, working bits magic behind the scenes, letting the big thought land without interference or hoop-jumping.

    Find out more about the Creative Fuel event >


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    CHGO DSGN [Chicago Design], a major exhibition of recent object and graphic design by 100+ of the city’s leading designers at the Chicago Cultural Center is now open. Friday was the big opening but don't worry if you missed the exhibition will be around until November. So go check it out!

  • Bank Uses Creative to Help Unemployed

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    Fifth Third Bank temporarily tossed its checking and mortgage ads wondering: Can our advertising, instead, help the long-term unemployed find jobs—including the 47% of Americans who have given up. "Reemployment," a campaign created by Leo Burnett showcases three actual job seekers and engages the public to share their stories to help them get hired.

    The campaign utilizes seeded video and pre-roll as well as flash and rich media banners across high profile websites, networks, and social media to get the word out.

    Advertising that makes a difference in a person's life is something we can all get behind.

  • Portfolio Cards

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    Excellent way to get your work seen. Brought to you by ADC (Formerly The Art Directors Club) and Twitter. This is a way to get work seen after Portfolio Night. Portfolio Cards are more than just a link to a personal site; each tweet brings the best visual work right to a creative directors’ fingertips, seamlessly merging the visual aspect of a review with fast-paced social media. Simply make your Portfolio Card and use #TweetFolio and @PortfolioNight just might retweet you sending your work to all the Creative Directors that follow Portfolio Night.

    Remember having to lug actual portfolios around? This is awesome.

  • Authentic Form & Function

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    Authentic Form & Function is a pretty new agency that is actually completely remote, with partners and employees scattered between Chicago, Denver, and Virginia. The agency opened a little over a year ago and has been ramping up on projects and really starting to kick out some great work. Check out what Authentic Form & Function has been up to. Pretty sure we will be seeing some cool stuff from them in the future.

  • Amazing student chalkboard art is genius but anonymous. #dangerdust

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    At the Columbus College of Art and Design, two college students have gone rogue - but publicly at least, no one's letting on which two. The anonymous duo, who go by the name Dangerdust, sneak into a classroom each Sunday or Monday and create a masterpiece out of nothing but chalk. All we could manage at school was a speed knob.

    The pair are both seniors in Advertising & Graphic Design, but somehow they manage to spare the brainpower and time to create these chalkboard works of art - some taking 11 hours to complete.

    You just have to marvel at the technique, the breadth of styles, the thinking that's gone into it and the commitment and planning.

    “When you’re working on long extended projects for graphic design classes it’s easy to… lose motivation,” they said. “I think we’re tired of the computer, and [chalking] gives us motivation.”

    “I remember the first couple we did, I didn’t think anything was going to happen, [but] people were like, ‘Yeah, I’ve seen that on Instagram!’” they remembered. “We get so giddy over 10 likes on Instagram.”

    Dangerdust on a day outDangerdust on a day out


  • Don't Hurry

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    New work for Cruzan Rum from Walton Isaacson that encourages you to slow down. Hey these these are kinda funny.

  • Save The Music. Save The Cedars

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    Y&R Dubai developed a very interesting story with a cool activation. Simply download the track, made by a tree essentially, and you are donating to save the cedars. Then put your cans on and jam with the cedars.

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