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R.I.P. Robin Williams, the creative's creative

I didn't know Robin Williams, but his work was pretty special for me personally. Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society were there at the very beginning of my understanding of war and life and death, and for that, I'm truly grateful. He didn't create those things himself, nobody does, but the soul of the story was in him, and his ability to take the madness of the mind and bring it alive through words was unique and unparalleled. Anyone who worked with him is singing his praises right now, and there's no more fitting tribute to the man than the body of work he left behind.

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Amy Nicholson Joins Supply & Demand

Supply & Demand has added filmmaker Amy Nicholson to its roster. A creative director, commercial director and Oscar qualifying documentarian, Nicholson arrives with vast agency experience on accounts for Nike, Prudential, Yoplait, Black & Decker, Coke, Heineken, HP and ESPN.

Memorable work includes Snapple at Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners where Nicholson created the classic “Snapple Lady" campaign that saw Wendy Kaufman read out letters from consumers in her thick, Long Island accent.

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Yes Sir and Man Made announce social popup barber shop.

Pop-up stores are so old hat by now they're hardly worth a mention, but at least this one serves an actual purpose. This coming September, British Men's online groomer shop Yes Sir! and London brick-and-mortar grooming shop Man Made are making a pop-up shop where your shave and a haircut cost you nothing more than a tweet with a hashtag or instagram photo. Nice way to get the punters to try out both stylist and product alike.

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Harnessing CATS to save the TIGER, times three.

A while back, Swedish Creative (Art) Director Kenneth Pilo of Pilo Bold Me showed off his case study of the long-running catfood campaign to save the tigers he helped create in Sweden. The brand Lantmännen Doggy & Tetra Pak donated a chunk of the income from you buying their cat food to help save the tigers via the WWF. But better still, cats could become a tigers sponsor, adopting a tiger and promising to donate to them every month.

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Stefan Sagmeister says you’re not a storyteller, calls you mean names

So, I’m a sucker for a good taking to task as much as the next guy, but let’s be honest, calling people fuckheads and crapping on their vision of their life isn’t going to endear you to anyone, at least not people whose opinion you should care about. That said, likability clearly isn’t the aim here, and there’s a relevant point to the commentary. We need less self aggrandizement in general, and this is definitely one way to make that point.

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Miami street artist sues American Eagle for infringement.

If you're a fan of street art and/or a Miami resident, you are no doubt familiar with AholSNiffsGlue's work.
And if you're a greedy apparel company named American Eagle Outfitters, you're also familiar with his work, too. According to the Miami New Times:

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INDIE had nothing to do with the Radio 538 porn campaign

The Radio 538 ad campaign that nods to porn has caused such upset in some areas of the Netherlands that INDIE Amsterdam has changed their front page to make it abundantly clear they had nothing to do with this ad campaign. Roughly translated their statement reads:

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Stop churning out the Selfie hashtag idea: it's not original and was never any good.

Listen up, brands and social media people, there's one idea so over-used in advertising today that it has its own tumblr Badland site. You see, Your Selfie Idea is Not Original, and that selfie idea is trotted out at least once a day in the ad-world, and no matter what brand signs off on it, the campaign is rubbish. Well, apart from that Samsung underwater selfie stunt, because that was a pretty cool product benefit demonstration.

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It's blacker than black, it's Vantablack

Back in 2004 we declared I'm wearing black until I find something darker, and now there's something darker. Finally. We're needing to mix up the wardrobe.

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AirBnB rebrand is bollocks. AirBnB revamps their logo for (ahem) a sexier image.

AirBnB launched a new design today, complete with a new logo. The "Bélo" logo, which it's called internally, is an upper-case A, but people are already snickering about it looking like labia or a scrotum. To make matters worse (funnier?) AirBnB invite you to draw your own symbol with the design toolkit. Let the lewd illustration competition begin. The tagline? "Belong Anywhere." Twitter is tittering about the logo and cracking jokes all day long, Buzzfeed got to make yet another list, and everyone is sending twitpics of the logo around.

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