Grace and Grit and Poetry

Communicating a range of human experience gives a more complete view of life. But, that can be hard to do if you only have a short time to get your story across. Recently, I’ve seen a few spots that paint a more complex picture of life through image montage that provide glimpses of lives and […]

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TRUTH IN MEDIA

There’s an advertising campaign that many hope will win the top prize at Cannes this year. It’s Russia’s successful campaign to undermine our elections.

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Sharing the Experience of Chaos

How can you help someone understand something they have never personally experienced? Especially something that is traumatic or life altering. In the past year I encountered several very affecting depictions of what it is like to move from relative normalcy, to chaos, and onto a journey to find a new normalcy. Like many people, I […]

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Taking a stand

Brands invest a lot in their image to ensure their audience connects with the values expressed. It can be a constant effort to fine-tune a brand story to keep it relevant and respond to opportunities that arise to demonstrate a commitment to their values. Sometimes hard choices are made to decide to what degree a […]

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Unhappily Ever After

I love the images created by animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong in his Tumblr page Disney Unhappily Ever After. Combining the viewer’s personal connection to Disney’s iconic characters with issues environmental and social justice issues creates some affecting images. The altered context surrounding the much-loved characters creates a strong entry point into the narrative for the issues highlighted. From children living on […]

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Seeing people not numbers

The staff of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, from curators to bookstore cashiers are facing potential cuts to their healthcare as their union negotiates a new contract with MOMA. Concerned that the talks are focused on numbers rather than people the staff created an Instagram account humanize the impact that the new contract will […]

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