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Is Axe breaking up with frat boys?

After years of ads touting body spray as the single element that drives all women to lose their minds (and subsequently rip off men’s clothing to a soundtrack of bow-chicka-wow-wow), Axe may be growing up.

Things We Love Today: Hand Drawn Type

Ever since I can remember I have observed and marveled at beautiful hand-drawn type. As a kid, my uncle made hand-made signs using beautiful typography and my mom’s signature was… Read more »

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The writer’s challenge.

Do what you love every day, and it won’t feel like work… Yep, we’ve all heard those words before. Yet, one of the biggest challenges we in the creative professions… Read more »

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Meet the AOR Soccer Rockers

As some of you may know, many of us at AOR are big soccer fans. Not only are we soccer fans but we are soccer players too! And so, the… Read more »

The Zombie Survival Machine

Zombie Marketing

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love just about anything dark, spooky, or scary. I’m also crazy about good advertising and marketing. So, natch, I was thrilled to stumble… Read more »

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The Rugged AORians

SO, what did we AORians learn during our Wilderness Survival Skills Course, led by our friends at the Cottonwood Institute? Well first off, after kicking and screaming and whining that… Read more »

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Crowd Funding: Creativity Unconstrained

Let’s say you have a dream to create something: a book, a piece of art, an album, or some cool piece of new technology. The Internet has always been great for distributing these new ideas, but it has always required a concerted marketing effort to actually get a significant amount of reach, no matter how revolutionary your idea might have been. And, even with all that reach, good luck finding enough people willing to fund your project. But that’s all changing.

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Effective Branding: Your Nation’s Flag

It’s Flag Day you guys, and you know what that means.

The time has come to raise those Stars and Stripes, start up the grill, catch a parade, and maybe even clink a glass for Betsy Ross. Or, maybe you’re like the rest of us, settling for watching a flag ripple in the occasional gust outside your window at work.

Propaganda Posters

Vintage-look social media propaganda posters are awesome.

I’m a sucker for anything retro. I’ve noticed a recent trend among designers and artists to combine a vintage look with current messaging, and I wholeheartedly approve. And, one of… Read more »

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