For Your Reading Pleasure

To fill in the gaps between updates, I encourage you, dear Idaho Ad Agencies readers, to take a look at these sites to pass the time:

I’m sure you’ll find any number of other sites that you should start reading regularly by visiting any of the above.

Regularly-scheduled programming will resume soon.

Art Bike

Boise Bicycle ProjectThe Boise Bicycle Project is presenting ART BIKE as a part of the First Thursday festivities for August in Downtown Boise. From the folks at the Boise Bicycle Project:

On Thursday August 6th 13th, Boise Bicycle Project presents ART BIKE at the Modern Hotel in the Linen District. Over 20 bicycles painted by local artists will be sold through live auction. Participants will enjoy music by Ned Evett and food & beverage will be available. Biking is encouraged, and valet service will be offered. Those who use the valet will be entered in a drawing for prizes. This event runs from 5 to 10 pm, and costumes are encouraged but not required. Contact the Boise Bicycle Project at for questions.

This should be a good opportunity to see the work of local artists on a unique canvas, and listen to the tunes from an excellent musician.

UPDATE: Weather has forced this event to be rescheduled from August 6th to August 13th.

If You’re Afraid to Lose, You’re Not Going to Win

Or, put another way, confidence is everything.

WARNING: Stream of consciousness writing to follow.  Like that’s anything new, but consider yourself warned…

How many times have you seen this happen:  Two (or more) people are competing for the same job.  On paper, both are equally qualified.  In person, however, one comes off as timid – afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, while the other maintains a certain confidence.  Who gets the job?

Same goes for the agency environment.  An agency who is afraid to take some sort of action for fear that they might make a mistake is just as timid as the job candidate above.  And it shows.  A recent tweet from rizen creative sums it up nicely:
rizen creative - twitter

While the concept is not new, it’s worth repeating from time to time:  If you’re playing not to lose, you’ll lose more often than you win.  Letting fear stand in your way of doing something is no excuse for doing nothing.

Going Quiet

Apologies in advance for what I’m sure will be infrequent updates over the next couple of weeks.  My attention will be focused elsewhere, and the Idaho Ad Agencies blog may see a lull in activity as a result.

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming before too long.

Quick Hits

Ignite Boise is today, and today is Ignite Boise Day.

Oliver Russell recently launched their redesigned website.

The Boise Centre on the Grove has a new identity as Boise Centre, courtesy of Rizen Creative.

George Parker is still gleefully ranting away on Adscam. (Personal aside, his latest book, The Ubiquitous Persuaders, in next in line on my reading list. More on that at a later date).

PARAGRAPH may have just found THE solution to fix the agency pitch process.

The Slippery Slope of Spec Work

It seems the City of Portland is experiencing the spec-creative backlash as we speak.

Yesterday, the news got out that the City of Portland has proposed a design contest to redesign PortlandOnline.

From Silicon Florist:

Now, you can try as hard as you might, but few things can be as insulting to people as telling them their work is worthless. Which is basically what the City is doing by asking for designers to work on spec.

Web developers, graphic artists and visionaries to transform the navigation and design of PortlandOnline, the city’s primary web presence. Winners will be fully credited on the website for their work – a website that receives over two million visits a month and includes over 140,000 pages.

That’s right. Or to paraphrase, that work that you do? It isn’t worth anything more than a link.

And today came a response from the Portland Advertising Federation’s President, Jerry Ketel —  The City Should Know Better:

This is simply the wrong way to go about designing an important communication tool in our fair city. The idea of this kind of contest is a perfect example of how much the city fathers value the contribution of the design community in Portland. I am certain that there is a very good Web design firm here in town who would work for pennies on the dollar to help the City of Portland to polish its presence on the internet. Not only would they provide design look and feel, but they would provide navigation and strategic expertise. This is Portland after all, craftsmanship is in our DNA. Our community wants to be a seen as a creative magnet in the world—it is a source of pride. So why don’t our elected leaders get that?


Now is the time for the Portland creative services industries to rise up and plant a flag in the sand. We need to be recognized for the contribution we make to our city. We should start by writing letters and emails to the city about this disrespectful contest. And then we need to join together and strategize how we can become a force that cannot be ignored. It is time.

While this is not happening here in Idaho, it is an issue that shouldn’t be ignored.  I’d encourage those of you with contacts in the Portland area to get involved, and make their voices heard.  Contact the PAF or the City of Portland.

Jerry is right:  It is time.

Hey Boise: Portland’s Talking Smack

Or, more specifically, the Portland Advertising Federation’s Rosey Awards:

Rosey Awards Website

This year, the PAF decided to have a little fun with the Rosey Awards website, throwing in a little ‘Our City is Better Than Your City’ attitude.

And Boise was one of their targets.

Now, the question to you, dear readers in Boise and beyond: Are you going to put up with this type of verbal abuse?  Should we engage in a war of words with our colleagues in Portland and beyond?

I say no.  And here’s what I suggest you do:

Make it better.  The strategy, the creative, the plan, the placement.  All of it — make it better.

If it’s good, make it better.  If it’s great, make it better.

The year is half over.  Now’s your chance to step it up.

When it comes down to it, the best way to get back at our friends and Portland is through the work.  That’ll be the best way to bitch-slap those granola-loving bike-riding hippies back into their drizzle-dodging cubicle world.

Oh, and PDX folks, nothing but love for you, nothing but love 😉