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Monday, February 18, 2008

The PBR Revival

"By 2001, sales of the Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) had fallen to less than 1 million barrels, about one-tenth its peak in 1975. In 2000-01, Pabst sales executives noticed that sales in Portland, Oregon of PBR were growing, without any marketing or explanation. Further research found a local Portland bar had changed its offering to Pabst after a local beer went off the market. It was found that the local community was made up of a large counterculture along with working class people and college students who had adopted Pabst as their brew. Soon other bars in the area started to offer Pabst as their less expensive beer (Portland being famous for its high-end microbrews)[2].

From Portland PBR has become popular again, spreading throughout the country. For example, in Richmond, Virginia, PBR is sometimes referred to as the "People's Beer of Richmond", under the same counter-culture/working class mantle as Portland.As a sign of this remarkable revival, Pabst Blue Ribbon became available for the first time since the 70's in long neck bottles. A tremendous event in Panama City Beach, the bi-annual Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Rally has allowed PBR to endorse it, attracting thousands of the sorts which have now incorporated Pabst as much into their identity as the motorcycles they ride."

A modern day brand revival sparked by what? What's the most important thing a brand must have in order to have a chance with "the people."

Sunday, February 17, 2008


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Monday, February 11, 2008

Blue Nile

This Blue Nile print single was done by Kris Robertson (AD) and Brock Johnson of Brainco. An interesting approach to selling diamonds. Thoughts?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

My Visit to Wexley

I don't know where or how to start with my trip to Wexley, so like a teacher with a hangover on a monday: Here's a slide show.

Monday, January 21, 2008

VW from Ogilvy

This guerilla was done by Ogilvy in South Africa.

Monday, January 14, 2008


This WebMD campaign was done by Chris Milne of The Creative Circus. Thoughts on these simple and elegant ads? Also, remember--the more you send, the more you see. If you want to share work, please send to: portfolioparty@gmail.com Thanks!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Ted Airlines

This print campaign for Ted Airlines hit me immediatley with its art direction. It was done by Karen D'Souza (AD) of Chicago Portfolio School. Thoughts on the AD, and the fine line between making something that looks stunning and making the design integrate smoothly with the message.

What's the difference between great art direction, and just making something look really cool?

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Hillarious or Hokey?

2008 here we are. Is this alternative media piece by Mark Habke of The Creative Circus more puny or funny? Your thoughts.