Right, so we're waaaay behind the boat on this one, but congratulations to Archrival on being named a Preferred Developer Consultant for Facebook. Pretty momentous and deserves being noted again. Aside from one other firm, all the names named are near an ocean. Cheers to the no-coasters.
To promote the launch of a new IKEA store, Forsman & Bodenfors, created a Facebook profile for the new store's manager and uploaded showroom photos to his photo album. The first people to tag the IKEA items with their name won the item which helped to grow IKEA's Facebook fan base and spread around photos of IKEA products. (Via The DenverEgotist, Via Creative Criminals)
From an interesting posting on blog The Bullshit Observer, the blogger breaks down the stone cold facts about Twitter and its users and to help out us out even more the blogger breaks it down visually too.
21% of users have never posted a thing.
5% of Twitter users account for 75% of all activity.
The vast majority of Twitter users are in 4 US cities and one Canadian one (NYC, LA, Toronto, SF, Boston)
Agencies in the Minneapolis, MN are have banded together and created a website that spotlights work, news and jobs from their area. The website, MinneADpolis.com, is a very similar in concept to Nebraska Creative, the Denver Egotist and Idaho Ad Agencies. It is great that this movement of second-tier and third-tier cities utilizing the Internet's reach with a website to showcase work that would normally go unnoticed because it didn't come out of NY, Chicago, LA, or SF. However were they are similarities their are some big differences both good and bad in my opinion.
Firstly, the 27 agencies that came together to create the website are all 4A members and will not allow other local MPLS, non 4A members to post work or news on MinneADpolis. This is just silly. The website was created to highlight the work coming out of that city. You are hurting your effort when you exclude other companies work and you look divided not united in the effort to put MPLS on the map creatively.
Seconly, the website is not a blog, like its Idaho, Nebraska and Denver/Boulder sisters. It functions more like a portfolio site focusing on the creative work from the participanting agencies. The website uses CMS functionality to power views that categorize the work like Print and Interactive and allows the viewer to sort by Latest and Top Rated. Each work piece opens a thickbox with detailed information about the piece.
Now there is a post-graduate school with a focus on digital arts and sciences. The new school, Boulder Digital Works, based in Boulder, CO is a partnership of MDC Partners (holding company of such agencies as Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, Colle+McVoy, mono and zig) and the University of Colorado at Boulder as a part of the University of Colorado Extension Division.
The new school will offer a multi-disciplinary, project-based learning program designed to provide the skills needed by future digital leaders and entrepreneurs. Sweden's Hyper Island, one of the most highly regarded digital learning programs in Europe, will be a partner in the program providing exchange programs.
Boulder Digital Works offers a 60-week Certificate Program in Digital Arts and Sciences. The program will begin this Fall with applications due by August 15. (Via DesignTaxi)
So if digital is your passion and the Miami Ad School and Brainco in Minneapolis or The Portfolio School in Chicago doesn't seem to offer what you are looking for, why not head west.
First there was Modernista! who launched a radical new website that used Flickr, Facebook and Wikipedia as the content for the redesign. Now BooneOakley launched “the first YouTube-based agency website,” consisting of linked videos that are the content for the new website. This is very cool. Start navigating below.