TEDx Sydney 2020 assembled a global cast of contributors to create its title sequence, including our own development, design and animation agency Spillt. Each studio contributed their own unique vision of reality, with the resulting diversity of concept and style supporting reality’s elastic nature. Seen together, this suite of idents combines to illustrate the complexity of the real more completely than any could achieve alone.

Here’s more on the thought behind the theme and execution: 

When what’s “real” is debated every day — from politics, to climate change, economics, even the nature of the universe – how can we shape, challenge or change our reality… and understand who we are within it?

On a more down-to-earth level, how can we sum up the TEDx Sydney 2020 theme of REAL, with so many permutations and interpretations conjured by the word?

In the past, TEDx title sequences have aimed to provoke Read more

Working as a CD at Denver’s Amélie since June, Jacqueline Mellow fairly recently relocated to Colorado from New York where she worked as a freelancer for many years across the big-agency circuit. Jacqueline’s been in the advertising and design world for 12+ years — going from working in larger advertising agencies on big brands such as Cadillac, Hallmark and Miller to working in more intimate interactive shops on clients such as Fresca and Humane Society.

In addition to being obsessed with design, Jacqueline leads a double life as an author where she’s won awards and hit best seller’s lists. She is also the co-founder of She Is Booked, a literary-themed fundraising organization that supports women’s charities.

Here’s a sample of her interview from the Amélie blog where you can continue learning more. 

Q: What do you love about Amélie?

A: I love our mission, our people and our clients. … Read more

Joe Cappa’s animated short Ghost Dogs has been selected for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Based here in Denver, Joe been animating this cartoon for over 2 years. Sundance is doing things differently this year with online screenings via festival.sundance.org and satellite screens across the country, so you can access it on your own screens or here locally. Tickets go on sale January 7th. Here’s a little more on the film. 

“We set out to make a cartoon that appealed to the adolescent inner-child. It’s an homage to those rare moments of self-discovery when you are eleven years old, flipping through channels and you stumble upon ‘The Shining’ by accident. The kind of content you weren’t supposed to watch but did anyway.

The ‘Ghost Dog’ characters are something I’ve toyed with for years in watercolor paintings. As I’ve slowly taught myself animation, I realized there was a compelling story with Read more

OneClock is one of those inventions that’s simply genius in its conception. OneClock is not an alarm clock. Many alarms trigger a spike in blood pressure and heart rate which activates the fight-or-flight response of your nervous system. OneClock’s sounds are designed to activate your brain as you sleep, then wake you gently and reliably. The team, which consists of some Colorado creatives and innovators, researched the best tones, tempos and frequencies to wake you up. Then they asked Grammy artist Jon Natchez from The War on Drugs to create a collection of musical compositions to lift you out of sleep in a peaceful, more natural way. It’s designed and made in Colorado and you can get on the list now for the release next month. 

Here’s photographer Jamie Kripke, one of the founders, with some more background on the device.

“Oh, hi.

I’ve been thinking about how strange Read more

In a move to raise awareness of Kansas City’s treasured Powell Gardens and attract new families and visitors, Sterling-Rice Group has undertaken an integrated positioning and brand campaign for the property. The new initiative brings to life the new ‘Natural Joy’ platform that SRG and its designers identified as a way to distinguish Powell Gardens and its environs.

With its botanical gardens surrounded by prairie, outside of Kansas City proper, ‘Natural Joy’ speaks to the experience visitors have when visiting its wide open spaces, special events and beautiful gardens. The agency developed the positioning into a multifaceted communications platform following extensive visits and research at Powell Gardens. The agency is working for Powell Gardens on a pro-bono basis. Its CEO, Cindy Judge is a resident of Kansas City.

SRG’s creative team was inspired by the sense of wonder one has when wandering through the Powell Gardens, which is both awe-inspiring … Read more