October 5, 2015 - Monday's Kick

We're riding one serious energy high coming off an excellent week with three events that had us moving around the rain last week like nobody's business.

A special shout-out to the organizing team at Washington DC Ad Week and a special thanks to Scott Williams, COO of the Newseum, for kindly inviting us to speak. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the event.

Outside of event hopping last week also notable was an epic run-in with some carrot cake (the tuna here was amazing).  We'll behave this week.

It is the first week in October and officially Get Organized Week (it's also Eat Country Ham Month). But before we go do either one, it's time for Monday's Kick.




Here we go:

  • Kanye West recently said he wants to be the Creative Director for The Gap. We think he should go here instead. 
  • Design has become the new language of business and the ultimate disruptor. Exploring this theme is "Design Disruptors", a documentary by Invision. 
  • My style, in style. It was just a matter of time.
  • In thinking of brand and texture (AEY's signature approach to brand), it's worth noting Vanessa Friedman's article in the NY Times today on Alexander Wang's final collection for Balenciaga. Writes Ms. Friedman "occupied by his own house back in New York, he never had the time (or took the time, depending on how you want to look at it) to truly learn the Balenciaga catechism. And it’s only when you know it by heart that you can begin to deconstruct it, the better to rewrite it". A lesson for anyone looking to craft a new vision for a brand.
  • The decline of big soda - "the single largest change in the American diet in the last decade". Good news for health, challenging news for soda brands. 
  • Showing hometown love to LaToya Ruby Frazier, the only photographer among this year’s 24 winners of the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grants. From Ms. Frazier's site announcement: "Frazier explores identities of place, race, and family in work that is a hybrid of self-portraiture and social narrative. The crumbling landscape of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a once-thriving steel town, forms the backdrop of her images, which make manifest both the environmental and infrastructural decay caused by postindustrial decline and the lives of those who continue—largely by necessity—to live amongst it."