Sunday, December 21, 2008

get your pencils

a one show pencil can change your career or your entire life even. that's why I'm offering them at the lowest price you'll find this side of Xmas. $29.95 plus S&H. I'll consider classroom bulk discount.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Some images from a photoshop I just did at the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Beer and Course Evaluation

Guys, I have a problem. Maybe you can help me.

I forgot to have you do the Student Course Evaluation. This is the second semester I've done that. So unless you want me to be fired (your vote doesn't count, Rebecca), please help.

Here's the deal: if you guys come down to UCD and fill out these evaluations sometime this week, even tonight if possible, I will gladly buy beer for anyone who shows up. Should take only a few minutes.

Let me know. I know Mkuki's thing is Wednesday, **CORRECTION** so why don't you come to UCD just before and fill out your forms and then walk over to Pearl? **CORRECTION** I would do it Tuesday, but I've got a rehearsal that night.

If you want to come on your own sometime and just meet me at the agency, we can do that too.

Lemme know. Again, thanks. I'll try to give as many of you as I can parking passes for the garage also. Come to the blog and vote for the day.

Thanks. Really appreciate it.


Saturday, December 13, 2008


Friday, December 12, 2008

From London

Just ate the second Fish & Chips plate of my stay, followed by something called the Eaton Mess (strawberries, cream and a meringue), for dessert. My hotel window overlooks Hyde Park. And it hasn't been as cold as I'd expected. So things are good.

We're working on the sound design for the spot with a guy called Johnnie Burn, at Wave. He has a wall full of D&AD pencils. I'm tempted to steal one. We also looked at initial renders of the CG on the spot...tons of work yet...we have our hands full.

I wish all you guys a great review. Many have made large leaps in the last week or so, and I'm thrilled by that. Make sure you get your stuff together in time for the internships and the Addys. We need to own the Addys again, and I see plenty of work that can make that happen.

That's it for now...remember to have fun...think your presentation through...don't apologize for your work...have your answers ready...and accept criticism graciously, not with a lame cop-out. Think of this as a lab for the real world.

Make us proud.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Any thoughts on where to go following the review for a drink or three? Preferably an establishment that doesn't get too crazy on a Friday night, and where the douchebag factor is low/non-existent? In Dallas, that might be impossible to find. But I welcome suggestions.

Lakewood Landing?


Whatever works.

Premature Meeting - Video Camera

Some of us are gonna meet at the starbucks in downtown at 5-5:30 in front of urban market.

Does anybody have a video camera and a stand for friday I just thought we could give a copy to Kiran and start recording cool stuff for when we graduate.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

comfort the homeless.

second chance

Monday, December 8, 2008

Critique Info

Hi Geniuses,

We will not be having a final class period this week. We felt that you could better use the time to work on your ads before the portfolio review on Friday.

So what that means is this: you must, must, must send us your work before Wednesday, in PDF form. Please don't make it huge. I wouldn't want my email account to be disabled because 10 students send me 100 10mb Acrobat files in 10 hours. Extra credit for anyone who figures out that word problem.

Again, you M U S T send your stuff before Wednesday. Preferably early on Tuesday. (Because Kiran is leaving for London Wednesday.) Then you'll have a day and a half to make necessary adjustments before you start boarding your stuff up.

Another thing I must ask of you: use your own judgment to get your campaigns where they need to be. Don't send us something we've already commented on but you haven't changed. That only wastes our time--and anyway, the period for hand-holding is over. Our remaining comments in the next 36 hours are going to be short and sweet. You're going to have to take personal responsibility for your work to make it ass-fuck-balls great.


Drop off your finished, cleanly mounted work (on standard 15x20 black art board) at 10 a.m. on Friday at my office. 10 A.M. AT MY OFFICE ON FRIDAY. Go up to the 20th floor, and there's a wonderful woman named Claudia there who will take it for you if you tell her what it's for. Mentioning my name might be a good idea since I doubt she's ever heard of A&M-Commerce.

Then at 6:30 p.m. at TM Advertising that same day I will take whoever is in the lobby upstairs to begin the review. If you come late, don't bother coming up. If you can't make it to your final review on time, then you don't deserve a passing grade in this class. Camp out at UCD or in the lobby if you have to. Don't try to get down here during rush hour. Some douchebag $30,000 millionaire with his B'mer will get in a wreck on whatever road you choose to take, back up traffic for miles and ruin your semester. In years past, people have met at a coffee shop or restaurant nearby (read: across the street) at least an hour or even two hours early and just waited it out there so there was no chance they would be late.

I hope that's clear. Just to reiterate: you're dropping off your work earlier than the actual review on Friday so we can have people at the agency, including our professional critique guests, look at it before the 6:30 p.m. review.

Email me if you have any questions.

Good luck,


Sunday, December 7, 2008

arrowhead mills reworks

Which direction for the "voice" of the box do you guys like?
Feel free to suggest any other ideas to portray it
here are the two other background colors and lines
ANY input is welcome.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

i had nightmares.

Brian, this time it was indeed me.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Time to Move.

Dubya buys house in upscale Dallas neighborhood.


Go here

Brian, this one's for you...and me too, no thanks to you, you bigot.



See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Rollercoaster Love Affair With Coffee

Click here to check this out. Something like this could get you a job. Seriously. It isn't ads, but it's awesome, and it's a hell of a concept. Interesting, readable, unique, human.

Plus it's appropriate: I have a feeling much coffee (or Red Bull?) will be consumed among class members in the next 9 days.