Monday, December 28, 2009

Come Meet Scott Mcinnis

Here is the Invite

Republican Candidate for Governor, Scott Mcinnis, will be discussing campaign topics for the 2010 Governor election. This will be a chance for you to come in and talk with Scott, one on one. If you know me then you probably know how I feel about republicans. Scott is not your typical Republican. The is really great chance to ask him questions about his campaign, the future of colorado, and any other random questions you might have. he likes to answer any questions you throw at him, no matter how hard/pressuring they might be.

He will be coming to my place of work on January 6th at 6 pm to discuss the issues. I would really suggest you come and enjoy the food and listen to him speak.

This is an open invitation to all who read this. Please come, see our space, and meet Scott.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

this is the ad we put out in DINING OUT for our client mor beverage.
CD - John Meyer
AD - Jeff Previdi
AD - Jordan Holloway
Photo: Yours Truly

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

sorry it's been a while, we have been busy.

we started working with this client named at the time "The Vault." named for the building they worked out of. they came to us with a rush project of getting their logo, mission statement and identity book done. well 2 weeks later it's done. all 30 pages. along with over 100 logos. here is the book and as follows, is the logo they landed on. they are now called ELEVEN. without further adieu ... ELEVEN

Denver’s most exclusive “membership only” social club. ELEVEN will offer world-class amenities coupled with unparalleled personal service. Members will have access to the best experiences in the hospitality, dining, nightlife and entertainment worlds that Denver has to offer.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

photoshop vs. paint

“I understand that you prefer to use photoshop, but we don’t feel like that program is universal enough. If you could do all of the design work in Microsoft Paint it would be easier for us to edit what you do and give you an idea of the changes we want.”

i found this very hysterical. we here at creative 303 are lucky enough to have clients that 'trust' our work. they pay for our creative, they do not pay to critique our creative.

Monday, November 30, 2009

thanks john

"give me more ideas to reject."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Shanahan's Work to date.

Marc Steron formerly the GM of Del Frisco’s approached John Meyer, now of Creative 303, last October of 2008 to create his logo for the new restaurant he was creating with Mike Shanahan and Steve Mooney – Shanahan’s. It started with a signature from Mike Shanahan then we took it from there.

The logo mark was created as a custom signature with a slight italic. The final decision was to go with the logo in a rich brown, to symbolize a classic steak house. For our signage, we selected YESCO signs, a nationally recognized sign company specializing in high-end outdoor signage. (The Wynn Hotel, etc.). We worked on a technology that during the day the sign was it’s signature brown, but at night the sign would glow white. We were also asked to design the letterhead, business cards, menu, matchbooks and to-go bags. Marc Steron has done an amazing job with the overall project from the design itself to the interior design, furniture, custom art work and the technology. What a place it will be to get a great steak, seafood and a cocktail.

Now some pictures...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

new clients

sorry for the delay on blogs, recently we have been busy designing sites for larraz construction, mor beverage, as well as our own. in the big picture, we have been having a lot of client meetings, and shopping books meyer has done to people. today we are meeting on a new fitness chain of gyms. excited to see the space and start working on the brand, logo, website, and outdoor. the egotist said, "Interesting time to be starting an agency, to be sure." i whole hearted agree with him. if you do good work, and know people who need work done, then it is a most fruitful endeavor indeed. good luck to the dinosaurs, the time of the small boutique shops, i think, are on the increase. how many shops has the egotist brought to light with 3 people leaving crispin, ddb, bbdo, deutsch, y&r, hal, and others? all top people are starting their own shops with 2 clients. just enough to keep 10 people busy and well fed. i like the philosophy. 3 cents.

Monday, November 9, 2009


here at creative 303 we have noticed that mondays seem to be slower and contain no good news. after a fair number of mondays with this mentality we are thinking about working tuesday - saturday. not sure, it just seems that tuesdays are always better and contain better news. i mean today is a beautiful day and the broncos are playing. we are hoping to get outside for lunch and enjoy the weather. maybe the spicy pickle on broadway and 9th. they have outdoor seating. regardless, lets all have a good monday and be excited for the week ahead. we are, clients are coming in and they are excited to do so, so that's good.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Smartwool Fashion Show

Creative 303's Photographer/Art Director Jordan Holloway was busy the past 2 days covering the Smartwool Fall Line Fashion Show. A very promising line indeed.

Monday, November 2, 2009

aluminum bottles, seriously?

for our client mor beverage we have been looking up aluminum bottle designs. seriously how can coke land on the fat boy style can. there is literally an endless sea of possibilities. crazy tops, shapes, and everything in between. some companies out there are really having fun with the milling and shaping of aluminum. cool stuff.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

snow snow, keep a comin'

the snow is a fallin' and we are loving it here at creative 303. some of our employees have passes to eldora and are biting their nails because to the 30+ inches of snow that eldora is getting. yet due to the fact that it is on state land they cannot open till Nov. 20th. working from the office today. hope the snow stays till the weekend for some serious sledding.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

the fugees

ready or not here i come, you can't hide.

we are playing the fugees here at 303.

Monday, October 26, 2009

website proposal

sorry i have not been up to date recently, we are kind of busy doing websites. we have 3 website proposals that we need to put into action. also we are listening to some kanye west, again. i got john introduced to him and he has become a staple here at 511 broadway.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Republican Candidate for Gov.

Tonight Creative 303 will be shaking hands with Republican Candidate for Gov. of Colorado, Scott McInnis.  The meet and greet is being held at a private residence.  We are looking very forward to meeting Scott in person.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

weather, weather, come this way

the snow is on its way.  hurry up and hit the mts. get a good 36 inch base this weekend.  that would be nice.  thanks.

Monday, October 19, 2009

clients who change their minds at a moments notice

it is funny as i have seen clients come and go, the clients who stay trust the creative.  the ones who leave don't.  they are constantly changing their mind.  and then they don't understand once they have approved a piece of work, it goes through the rigorous mechanical stage of work, where everything is made perfect, which costs money.  then after all is said and done, it is sent to the printer and they have worked it up in their software.  at this point the client has an Epiphany and says we need to scrap it all.  but they don't want to pay for it all, not having realized all of the hours that go into finalizing an idea.  well it is too late now, and kind of funny to us.  good luck with trying to get free work for 40+ hours.  getting back to really good clients, we have a meeting with mor beverage this week.

Friday, October 16, 2009

vita here in denver

last night creative 303 was on the scene for Liz and Doug Browns Wedding that took place over yonder on the other side of I-25.  after the wedding there was a reception at Vita in denver.  great restaurant.  had the bacon wrapped chicken half breast.  delicious.  you should go to vita.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

whoa youtube

we got a youtube page. just search creative 303 and you will find it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

finalizing the website

we have been working diligently on our website to get it up so we can get rid of that splash page. we are about done, just need to implement our files. this afternoon having a new client meeting, it really is crazy how doing a good job for someone means them spreading word of mouth about our business. 2 new clients, thanks jeff.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

it was a fun night on thursday. thanks a lot to mitch peterson for taking the images. next time we are thinking the wynn hotel for our destination.

musician vs. instrument

as i was driving into work today, Beyonce's song 'Halo'. the song itself is really good, Beyonce has a brilliant voice. then i got to thinking, Beyonce and people like her are not musicians, for they do not write, they are purely an instrument. the have a voice coach who tells them how to sing, a producer who making the backing band, and a write to give them lyrics. the only thing they have is a voice, which is still an amazing gift, but everything else is spelled out and bound. they, being wealthy contracted vocalists/bands, only have to do what is on the paper. after thinking about all this i appreciated starting bands, and bands that write all their own material. bands like white stripes, and anything Jack White does for that matter, Metallica, Radiohead, and a bunch of the big bands that could higher all the needed help. granted there is always a producer here, but a lot of musicians are becoming musician/producer. and the ones that aren't are bringing in people like Rick Rubin to guide the helm. i would be really interested to have a line up of the top bands/singers of 08/09 and see of the albums released who wrote their own material, both music and vocals. i bet everyone would be surprised who would step up to be real musicians.

on a side note, i really wish U2 would stop making music/performing. i saw them on SNL and it was a joke, bono kneeling giving parents advice on raising their children. i wonder if they write all of their own material?

Monday, October 12, 2009

new clientele

we are in the process of closing a new QSR client. should be good, went to try the food, was very happy. needs a lot of work though. the brand work that is.


i was reading a book this week that was talking about the word 'sincerely', it was extremely interesting. so sincere, comes from Latin 'sine' 'cera' which means without wax. apparently when sculptors of the Renaissance would make a mistake in a sculpture, they would hide the mistake with a combination of wax and stone dust. when a sculpture was sincere it was without wax, it was 'true' so to speak. so when we sign our letter sincerely we mean truthfully. i thought that was interesting. know any other history of the spoken word?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

irving penn passes away

i was reading the times this morning and noticed that Irving Penn passed away yesterday in his NY home. His obituary is posted here in the NY Times. very good read, i suggest it. he truely is one of the last great masters. as mark sink put it an end of an era.

Monday, October 5, 2009

great tag lines that you sing

i was singing in the shower, like i do most days, and the tune that came to mind was one from my childhood. it went as follows, "the best part of waking up, is foldgers in your cup." what a great line/song. what are some of your favorite tag lines/songs combos.

Monday, September 28, 2009

price per unit

i wonder what price per unit on these dorito bag/boxes are? pretty cool concept, but how does it seal? i just thought it was pretty damn interesting. more images at here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

the lost symbol

last week i bought Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. well i am in deep and enjoying the read very much so. as i read it i realize how much research goes into writing a book of that magnitude. after his 2 other Robert Langdon book have been scrutinized so vividly this book had to have about no fallacies, and if they did they would have to be stated. well i am learning a lot about Washington dc that i was not aware of. regardless its a great, fast read. i am still a large fan of deception point. i am kind of a science geek and the plot about NASA being a monopoly and explaining why they are so in debt because they undercut every small space exploration company out there. it was a great book.

anyways also an interesting fact about this book, is the kindle(tablet) version of this book has more sales than the hard copy on really stressing the fact that the virtual age is upon us, books that aren't printed, just put onto a flash drive. think of how many books you could hold on a 16 gig flash drive for your tablet, that is lit, slim, and cool to show off.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

color switch

after much debate we are switching from our cyan blue to a chocolate brown. it looks pretty rich and classic. lets hope the business cards come out the way we think they will. we are getting them at rob's foils and dyes down off 6th and 25th. pretty awesome place i suggest checking it out.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

new slang

keep f**king that chicken = keep up the good work. you can now use that phrase in the work place fyi.

kanye west

i think you can say what you want to about kanye west, but he does make some good albums. 808's and heartbreaks was not great, but his first and third cd were extremely good. i think he really came out strong in the first and then got his rhythm in the third working with good artists and mixing good samples. i will be honest i am looking forward to his new work. so he has an ego, and he is a little brash about it. i think he is good at what he does - producing, marketing himself and rapping. now dressing is a different subject. he needs a stylist.

Monday, September 21, 2009


our new signs arrived this morning. i think they look pretty sharp. how do you like it? now when you walk past 511 broadway you can clearly see that we are taking up space. have a good/rainy monday. now if only the snow will start up. i would love an early winter.

Friday, September 18, 2009

friday day

so its friday and we have reason to celebrate. we just can't explain the reason yet. soon to come to fruition. excited to get this started.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

new shirts

You too can look stunning in our blue athletic tees, avaliable now, from us.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MOR Beverage

here's a new company we are working with. they are a sparkling enhanced water, not to be confused with an energy drink. MOR Beverage is the company, they have three flavors: Cranberry (pictured), Pomegranate Lemon, and Raspberry Strawberry. They are amazing. Go buy some. The image was taken by our in-house photographer Jordan Holloway.

we are re-positioning and re-branding the product line. i am thinking we might do some changes to the can. any suggestions? what do you like/dislike? open forum. these cans are available at king soopers, sunflower market, and city market. they are also available online here.

john and jeff hammering out some details on fresh gourmet. john says, " what the f**k is this about a super bowl 30 second spot?" when you have only have half a million for production on a spot you know you are in a recession. john likes big budgets. jeff is impartial, he just wants to get the work out. i like documenting it.

ran into an old friend last night

Ran into an old friend last night. John Harris, the previous CEO at K\H. In the target parking lot after not seeing him for well over a year, ran up, extended my hand, he threw his arms up and gave a hug. its great when after time and bulls**t you can still have a good relationship. i always felt he got a bad rep and im glad to say we are having a beer together this week.

mondays are good, but tuesdays are always better.

Monday, September 14, 2009

fall tv

not sure how many people watch television on the TV anymore. as fall season approaches i was wondering that myself. i haven't had TV in about 4 years. and i still watch all my favorite shows, which include: the office, 30 rock, entourage, true blood, it's always sunny in Philadelphia, nip/tuck and man vs. wild. i download or watch streaming video of my favorite shows. now this week are the openers for the office and always sunny. i am excited for this Thursday. i think the shows have good writing and keep you entertained throughout the program. and they are not linked episodes meaning that you don't need to watch the first 5 seasons to understand the 6th season opener. it helps but its not necessary.

now this week, will be a lot of work.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

prime time of your life

it is an interesting time to be in advertising, that is for sure. i think smaller, potent agencies are the future. no more conglomerate dinosaurs, just focused groups of like minded creatives that get the job done fast.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

work day

todays workday was till 11:35 pm. and i really enjoyed it. granted i took some off to rock climb at the BRC, but i actually just got done typing up the days work.

tomorrow comes today.

a quote

early bird gets the worm.


the second mouse gets the cheese.

my roommate in college, chet logue, told me that quote about the mouse. it has stuck with me for about 8 years now.

great line. you should use it today.

now the 4 day week begins

well labor day is over and now it is back to the grind. i really do believe that if people worked 4 longer days and had a 3 day weekend, that would come back completely refreshed. there is a big difference between 2 and 3 days. i have to admit i love these long weekends, not because i can sleep in or because i can lay around, but because i come back to work fully refreshed and ready to start, not dragging my heels. hope everyone had a good weekend, but it's time to dominate the work week.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

don't be fooled

smash burger is awesome. go eat there.

i don't know if this is awesome or insulting

this ad was produced in germany by das comitee. i had an interesting reaction. not sure what to think. i mean its kind of nuts, you have to admit, but maybe thats what makes it good. tell me what you think because i am still stuck in the middle.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

seriously just awesome.

wow i saw this and it blew my mind. watch and appreciate.

smoky smoky smoky

so all of this fog/smoke/haze is coming to us from the fires in california. the gulf stream is carrying it out way and apparently for like 3 days it will continue. not to psyched. on an ad note, this was pretty good, and it came out of chicago.

the tagline being, "
Gain Detergent with Febreze Odor Removal. Your clothes were never there."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

done with a large project

we finished our presentation for _____ ________. it looks stellar. excited to go there and get some feedback. there being LA. im looking forward to getting on a surfboard, and saying hi to Lee Clow, while on said surfboard.

and its time for the sink and their 2 burgers and fries for $10 tuesday special.

go see it

Monday, August 31, 2009

"we didn't invent the [NOUN], we made it [ADJECTIVE]."

"you know i would almost go as far to say we do have an account team. they are called iphones, and we all have them. this way you pay less and get a better creative product."

an unnamed creative. kinda fun. and in only . . .

well the denver egotist debuted us today in a suprising fast manner. makes me feel like one of us could be the woman himself (really wish we could put a sex on this apparition.) i liked the title . . rising from the ashes.

oh btw . . .

we are having a soiree on sept 24. it's at our space. as it stands, there are going to be a lot of important people there.

private gallery show for Peter Max

creative303 was also in denver for the Peter Max private showing in cherry creek this saturday. creative303 has some work by Peter Max and was lucky enought to get it signed and even to discuss the art at hand. he has an amazing color palate and expresses it via paint brush on canvas. our creative director, john, had his picture taken with Peter Max for the new Denver Magazine.

gallery show in boulder

creative303 was in attendance at the Mr. Pool gallery for Mark Sink & Kristen Hatgi show. it was great. there is something to be said about photographers who aren't chasing the megapixels, who use\shoot film. i was very impressed by the process they use, called wet plating or collodion process. if you need some fine art shots these are the guy\girl to see, brilliant work.

creative303 picked up a new client.

creative303 has picked up a new client. they are in the food catagory. if you stop in and say hello at 511 broadway, denver you can probably catch us working on brand identity & package design.

the sun is out, have a good monday.

creative303 has a blog.

hello to you all out there, the Denver egotist specifically. this is creative303 saying hello and we are open for business. a little back story; creative303 is the brainchild of John Meyer, the Creative Director behind such campaigns as POM Wonderful, Levi's, Virgin and American Crew. He parted ways with Karsh\Hagan mid summer and decided to start anew with a fresh idea and fresh palate. Starting off strong with Shanahan's Restaurant as a client and now having two more unnamed clients to add to the list. creative303 is off to a fruitful and promising start.