Archives - 'Creative'

5 tips for bridging the gap between account and creative

At a marketing agency, the relationship between the account and the creative sides can be hard to manage. People in both worlds can... Read more>>

Everything I needed to know about planning, I learned in Journalism 101

Although I have a journalism degree, I am not a journalist. I took one news writing class my first semester and quickly realized that I was... Read more>>

Getting noticed in a crowd of 128,000

Thousands of people. Towering machines. There were a million things to look at, and seemingly a million different pathways to get... Read more>>

A new degree in interactive engagement

As a designer, it can be difficult finding creative ways to break through the norms of traditional marketing tactics and collateral... Read more>>

I have “Agency Disease”: a confession

Alright, let’s just get this on the table up front. I have a disease. OK, it’s not a real disease that affects my body, or... Read more>>

How to torch your marketing budget

No one builds a house without an architectural drawing, assembles bedroom furniture without the instruction sheet, or embarks on a... Read more>>

3 marketing takeaways from the graffiti outside our office

A few weeks ago, a mild display of semi-urban vandalism took place just outside our office. As I write this, I can look out the... Read more>>

The rise and fall of the QR code

Over 20 years ago, someone in Japan created a two-dimensional bar code. It was a revelation. It could hold more information than a... Read more>>

Marvelous marketing lessons

I see a lot of movies. And as much as I adore a quirky independent film or a sweeping period drama, my first love is a popcorn-friendly... Read more>>

3 creative trends that just won’t melt away

A few weeks ago, the Des Moines area was blanketed with more than a foot of heavy, wet snow. And while I was cursing Mother Nature as I... Read more>>