• New Hires at BBDO Minneapolis

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    BBDO Minneapolis is beefing up their team with a handful of awesome new hires.

    Greg Holmes—Account Supervisor, BBDO Minneapolis

    Greg gained strong restaurant, CPG and digital experience while working at MMB (Boston), Pixel Farm and FRWD. Past clients include Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Lund Boats, 3M and multiple General Mills Brands. At BBDO Greg focuses on Hormel Chili and Skippy peanut butter.

    Charlynn Arends—Business Affairs Manager/Content Producer, BBDO Minneapolis

    Char joins BBDO from Campbell Mithun where she spent 15 years managing talent, traffic, business affairs and production. Char has also worked in television news as an editor and photojournalist.

    Jillian Benzen—Account Executive, BBDO Minneapolis

    Jillian is a recent graduate from Winona State University. Jillian joins the Hormel Foods team on SPAM, Skippy and Hormel Chili.

    Olivia Plaine—Account Executive, BBDO Minneapolis

    Olivia joins the Hormel team. She came to BBDO after working several years at The Hennepin Theatre Trust, on their Minneapolis Broadway touring productions. Her communications degree is from the College of Saint Benedict, where she honed her skills for the creative business.

    Julie Ann James—Designer, BBDO Minneapolis

    Julie Ann is a theatre-trained designer who made the move from scenery, lighting and costumes to interactive. She joins BBDO from Martin Williams Advertising. Julie has worked on clients as varied as the Scotts Companies, Cargill, Syngenta, Marvin Windows and Doors, Payless and Beautyrest.

    Steve Olson—Graphic Designer, BBDO Minneapolis

    Joining BBDO from Fallon, Steve is a multi-talented master of: identity, print, web, mobile, information design and video editing. He has varied brand experience working on Target, Cadillac, H&R Block, Deluxe, Purina and Travelers.

    Nicely done, folks!

  • Malley Design Redesign

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    Local boutique studio Malley Design has stepped up its game with a killer brand refresh.

    Malley Design was founded in 2005 by brothers Bryan and Ben—two local boys with passion and talent for good design. While working day jobs in the design and journalism worlds, the brothers translated their love of design into a functional agency with a passion for helping organizations articulate, document and translate the personality and values of their brands into attractive design solutions.

    In 2013, former Minnesota Business magazine Art Director, Kevin Kinley joined the Malley Design team. For the Malleys, a small scrappy team is good.

    “It makes us quick and nimble. It makes us more responsive. And it makes us proud to be able to provide top-­‐shelf creative solutions to our clients through relationships with other creative professionals,” says Bryan Malley.

    Malley provides the creative synergy and quality of a larger studio without the high price tag. The audience, medium and scope of the project may vary, but the fact remains that design exists to communicate purpose to a target market through quality creative.

    “We view each client relationship as a unique collaboration,” says brother, Ben Malley. “As designers, we are here to partner with you to provide communication and design solutions that will result in increased brand differentiation and recognition and a competitive edge.”

    As for us? Well, we love their brand refresh almost as much as we love their beards...

  • #CuteAlert: Dogswell Helps Unleash the Happy

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    Take Your Dog To Work Day was last Friday and to help promote it, Dogswell unleashed over 20 dogs on an unsuspecting office in New York City.

    The result is impossible amounts of cuteness.

  • Cue Is Running These Streetz

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    Cue recently designed Streetz American Grill, an independent, quick-serve restaurant concept that offers American street food in an environment with a slightly upscale vibe.

    Streetz is inspired by famous street food destinations found across the country—places with unique character, specializing in local favorites, like Philly cheesesteaks, Coney Island hot dogs and gyros.

    The Streetz identity is composed of a wordmark applied to signage, and brought to life in environments created with an edited color palette, unique typography and messaging to add a little personality.

    Pretty sweet stuff, if you ask us. Nice work, guys.

    Check out more of Cue's work here: www.designcue.com

  • Mercury: A Photo Exhibition by Shelly Mosman

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    Over the weekend, Minneapolis-based portrait photographer Shelly Mosman had her Kickstarter campaign successfully funded.

    This means Shelly will be taking her work from the web to the wall as she puts on a show featuring some of her favorite shots.

    Take a look at some of her work and when we get more info on her exhibit, we'll be sure to let you all know.

  • MPLS MadWomen

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    MPLS MadWomen formed last November on LinkedIn and garnered over 500 members within one month.

    The group is creating a broad circle of support, professional development and networking for women working in advertising and related fields—all aimed at a constructive conversation around gender issues.

    And tomorrow evening, BBDO Minneapolis is hosting the second gathering of MPLS MadWomen. In 5 minutes each, 10 speakers from companies like Carmichael Lynch, Nina Hale and Brew will share their success stories of how they've overcame obstacles in their career.


    BBDO Minneapolis
    150 S 5th St
    Minneapolis, MN


    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 5–7pm

    Attendees must RSVP.

    Here's a link to the event details:

  • Innovation Is Not a Department

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    GoKart Labs CEO Don Smithmier was the keynote speaker at last week's Eureka Awards.

    We were able to track down a slideshow of they main points he covered, which boils down to the five habits of innovators and why innovation should be everyone's job.

    "Bet the garden, not the farm." God we love that.

  • Atmosphere Performs "Kanye West" on Conan

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    Glad we stayed up past our bedtime last night to see local rap legends tear it up on Conan.

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