Category Archives: Creative Capitalism

Maggie Curran  

Targeted Ads: Friend or Foe?   May 28, 2019

The other night, I decided to check Instagram one last time before falling asleep. Scrolling, I came across an H&M ad featuring new arrivals that just so happened to be just my style. I clicked through to the site, and less than five minutes later, I was short $125 that I had when I got into bed. Targeted advertising: powerful Continue Reading

     
Todd Pierce  

A Creative’s Guide to Collaboration   April 30, 2019

I am sure everyone has heard the old saying “there is no I in TEAM”—and yes I can feel your eyes rolling just thinking about it. Whether the statement is dated or not, the meaning still speaks the truth. Being a designer may seem like a very independent type of work, and although many designers tend to work on their Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Audiovisual: When Record Labels & Designers Come Together   April 16, 2019

In the design world, there has always been a balance between the needs of a client to have their goals served in a particular way and the potential for a designer to explore their capabilities to make resonant and effective design. The music industry is no exception. Indie labels have always had a penchant for permissiveness with their musical artists Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

The Core of a Campaign: 2020 Edition   April 2, 2019

As declarations for the 2020 presidential election continue to roll in, campaigns are roaring to life. Candidates are wasting little time deploying their donation machines and email campaigns about attending an upcoming rally. With these campaigns comes a feast of new branding to critique. Every four years, we see the same traditional campaigns surface. Red and blue, through and through. Continue Reading

     
Joshua P. Ferguson  

Does Your Brand Have a Higher Calling?   March 13, 2019

  It’s a good question. It’s also an increasingly unavoidable one. Brand Purpose (with a capital P) is in the consumer spotlight in a major way. We don’t need to re-open Gillette’s shaving wounds here. They’re just the latest example of a brand leveraging a lofty purpose to get in good with consumers (and then getting taken to task over whether Continue Reading

     
Joshua P. Ferguson  

The Modern Business of Creativity   September 18, 2018

  Recently, a peer pointed me to an article in the New Statesman, a British current events magazine. The article, entitled “The Death of Don Draper,” posits the demise of the ad industry as we know it. A perennially adored think piece topic—your reading this proves that not even I am immune—this particular meditation on the subject points to the Continue Reading

     
Leah Cho  

The Power of Product Placement   September 11, 2018

A few weeks ago, Netflix released a romcom that essentially broke the internet (and probably some hearts as well). Although I’d love to deep dive into all of the reasons why I adore the movie To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, it actually birthed another interest that sent me down the internet hole of hours of research on other Continue Reading

     
Melissa Muñoz  

The InstaNovel: Your Fave New Way to Read on Instagram   August 28, 2018

When pondering the meaning of life and that age-old marketing question, what is the coolest brand on the block doing innovative new things that make you say “wow,” one can be forgiven for not skipping straight to an institution like a library. That’s about to change. Libraries have a reputation for being stodgy and traditional, but the New York Public Continue Reading

     
Carlie Miller  

Instagrammable Pop-Up Events | A 29Rooms Review   July 31, 2018

If you’ve been scrolling around Instagram or Facebook the last few months, you’ve probably noticed ads for (or pictures from) experiential pop-up events appearing in your newsfeed. These events, 29Rooms by women’s lifestyle website Refinery29 and wndr’s Infinity Mirror Room, are marketed as unique installations to “fuel your imagination” and to “explore a new genre of immersive experience.”     Catering Continue Reading

     
Joshua P. Ferguson  

Brand Tribalism: The Good, The Bad and the Community   July 17, 2018

  I had a creative director not too long ago who loved to talk about people finding their tribe. It was his shorthand to explain both human instinct and consumer instinct, to refresh our marketing minds about self-identity and the role brands play. Then, tribe seemed to me like a hippy-dippy term that gave our work an air of gravitas Continue Reading