#1 in a continuing series:
This is a great place I visited while in Toronto.
They always have fun artwork on display. This time they had slot hockeytables painted with caricatures of famous Canadians.
Also, this is a favorite after work hangout for the NYC office.http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/restaurant-forte-baden/
It’s a Korean fried chicken joint in K-town. It has a German name, [...]
Pay it forward to the Finance Department…Don’t let ‘em stack up like this poor schlub…so much bad expenses karma.
Ever wonder what kind of craziness goes on backstage? Well…what it lacks in excitement, it makes up for in seeing Connect Four again, complete with some R-rated junk talk.
Courtesy of the Kanye West blog…
While hardly an expert on Martin Luther King, Jr. (read his Nobel Prize biography here) or a leading commentator on civil rights, I thought I’d take this moment to point out how exceptional it is that Organic closes its offices on this holiday.
At other places I’ve worked, MLK Day was treated as an optional holiday [...]
LOS ANGELES — Attention coffee fans…the somewhat/maybe/possibly brilliant double-stroke marketing/training move by Starbucks to close from 5:30p for three hours nationwide might reap some benefits for the java set.
The staff of this shop was spotted fooling around with a bunch of French presses, making cups of coffee in small batches. Impressive.
Are exclusive beans coming [...]
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — After you take a peek at Gary Busey harassing celebs on the Red Carpet courtesy of the E! Network, take a look at our list of winners…
In a dramatic, epic, stirring and emotionally draining competition, two Organics rose to the occasion and took home the big prize (yes, I forgot to add [...]
TINSELTOWN, USA — As the City of Los Angeles snarls traffic around Hollywood with its annual lock down of the area around the Kodak Theater and the army of helpers gets ready for Oscar…it’s your chance as an Organic to win some sweet prize action by simply filling out a ballot.
All you gots to do [...]
Nuttin’ But Love 4 U
NEW YORK – By now, many of you have noticed a new fixture in our New York office.
Several weeks ago, Dean and I purchased a bright orange espresso machine. It’s named Francis Francis, pictured in black above. It’s waiting to meet you.
We welcome you to stop by for a short. Here are some [...]
DETROIT — As your inbox fills with launch announcements each day, it becomes
obvious that our Detroit office is full of exceptionally talented folks.
But, what you don¹t get to see is some of our more, um, unique talents. To
showcase our skills outside of the digital realm, we sent Cory Pampalone
from the SOMO group around with [...]
I started collecting
art 7 years ago. The first piece I purchased was a very small, sweet
oil still life for $500.00; I was a nervous wreck when I went back to
The Black Fine Art show to purchase the painting.
My interest in art
started with a postcard of the Number 5 by Charles Demuth. I love
that painting. I [...]
A Good (and sunny) Friday in the Sun: Just out the “Think” conference room.
NEW YORK – All Hands is happy to announce the coming content stylings of Yvette Durant, who will let us into the world of art and art collecting in the weeks and months to come. So look forward to that.
In other news, [...]
It’s NCAA Tourney Time and here’s your chance to match wits against your co-workers once again — the AllHands.Organic.Com March Madness Group at Facebook. Simply go here http://apps.facebook.com/cbssports/groups/group/102337 and join up to make your picks and be entered. (You need a Facebook profile to play…and you need to enter before the games start!)
The group has [...]
Alan Robertson and I traveled to the University of Toledo to attend the engineering career fair. We had high hopes of finding some
bright young minds to fill a few spots within the summer internship program, known this year as The Farm. The event went well, but as the
day progressed Alan and I noticed how many [...]
I’m from that weird age-group just after Gen X that still remembers getting excited by the “Summertime” video (DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince), waiting up to watch Nirvana on Headbangers Ball and seeing the “Paranoid Android” video debut on 120 Minutes in the middle of the night. Alas, those days are gone, in [...]
past weekend several Organics attended the NYC iPhone Dev Camp at Brooklyn Polytechnic University
to share their views, questions, and experiences with development on this
exciting new platform.
I was able
to attend two sessions, one on user experience/interaction design and the other
on business models. Most agree that the UI conventions employed on the device
are well thought out and [...]
If you haven’t signed up, go to the Wiki and do so to help us estimate the count…(last year we welcomed more than 70 kids!)
Here’s the partial agenda:
Arrival, Name Tags, Pictures Kids
Break into 3 age
9:45 -12:00 Kids visit Departments (age appropriate presentations and
Green Committee – The Lorax
HR – Oh, the Places
Liu Xiaodong(Curated by Karen Smith)Mary Boone724 Fifth AvenueClosing April 26th
Ai Wei Wei541 West 24th StreetClosing April 26th
Mary Boone is an amazing woman with an amazing business, she’s also quite stunning.
Current ChelseaTaxter & Spengemann504 West 22nd StreetScott OlsenXavier ChaBoth thru May 10th
This is a young gallery owned by Kelly Taxter and Pascal Spengemann, they met in [...]
Flickr has been a godsend for a designer putting together comps for clients. Fast, no watermarks and a HUGE variety of images for inspiration.
Comp Fight builds on all those good things by tapping into the Flickr API and giving the intrepid visual designer the ability to search tags or text, sort by CC or commercially [...]
Part 1 of the photographic coverage…these from Lisa Y.
In the news biz, those stories that take a chronological look at a story are called “tick-tocks”. Thanks to Marta Strickland, now the whole world can get a peek inside the magic of Camp Organic straight from someone who went through it…and came out a winner! Read up…
My Not-So Typical 72 Hours in Vegas
(Not the [...]
Robert Rauschenberg: 1925-2008
A co-worker and I were talking about a recent exhibition at MOMA, Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today on the morning after the artist’s death (at the time neither of us knew he had died). There’s an interesting story about the piece in the show: he didn’t have much money for paint [...]
LAS VEGAS – Last week I was fortunate enough to have participated in
Camp Organic 12. When previous campers would talk as well as when I was watching
the documentary, I couldn’t help but wonder – how crazy can it really be?
I’m happy to say I now have firsthand knowledge.
In the past when I heard from previous [...]
Until July 31st
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
24 West 57th Street, 7th Fl.
This is a show with works by female artists. All of the works speak through fabric worked and molded in various constructions. The show features artists such as: Faith Ringgold, Lee Bontecou, Bety Saar. I loved them all, the sculpture by Yayoi Kusama(image above) is [...]
This is not an exceptional experience in the usual sense of the word… However it is very funny
and clever… Not sure if this is a viral campaign – I think it has to be..
However this is how I want to spend my Friday afternoons Also for
those of us who have ever [...]
As I’m sure you’ve seen,
the world of advertising is in session this week in Cannes, France, judging,
recognizing and celebrating great work, all aspects of the business, from around
the world. Organic is represented by several members of our Leadership
Team, including Chairman, Jonathan Nelson, Marita Scarfi, Amanda Van Nuys, Conor
Brady and Sam Cannon. We submitted several examples of [...]
Day: Tuesday, June 17
Weather: Crispy, with bursts of rain
Energy Levels: High (though Conor has a head cold from riding too much)
Mental State: Curious
Yesterday was the big registration day, with most of
the attendants rolling into town. So today is the first day proper with
all of the media, talks, seminars, kicking in. The awards part is in
Currently showing at David Zwirner
525 West 19th Street
Until June 21st
(Image above is not part of the current show)
Think brooding big- shouldered handsome men in top coats, women of healthy stock, turmoil, legs that morph into waves, 18th century mixed with the 20th. His canvases are large, you’re looking at dreams, they’re surreal. There [...]
From NY to SF…it’s hot Organic Nation. If you can find this stuff, holy cats. Who knew ginger could snap, crackle and pop?
(Camp 13 Insider Comment of the Day: If we had GloCator, you could all find this huss in a jiffy.)
When I moved recently I was confronted with the fact that I have apparently been hoarding books, CDs, and DVDs my entire life. While this has afforded me a nice collection of these items, it has made my small NY apartment quite cluttered and made moving about 450 lbs more expensive than it needed [...]
Facebook just had their annual developers’ conference and announced a few interesting changes to their empire. The New York Times reported on a few of these that are especially interesting – Facebook Connect and the Great Apps program.
Facebook Connect makes Facebook users’ credentials and their friends portable. This is pretty powerful in that it allows [...]
I’m a big fan of wine and would love to say that I spend my free time jetting off to the various regions of Italy, Spain and France to taste the latest offerings from the wine producers there. In fact, I would love to say that I spend my free time just making it [...]
Ever wonder: “What exactly do they do?
This summer 7 students were chosen to participate in Organic’s
internship program, the Farm. As the best, brightest and freshest
talent they are learning to cultivate exceptional experiences for
clients while serving all departments across the network. In addition
to rolling up their sleeves our Farmers are getting a taste of what’s
growing in [...]
Hey, I wanted to get everybody pumped up for the Detroit Grand Prix this
weekend by sharing my photos and videos from last year. I had a blast
last year and fully expect to do the same this year. Enjoy and feel free
to pass along to anyone who also may enjoy!
More pics here and here
(My apologies for the shameless self-promotion. I’d also like to use this opportunity to give a shout-out to Rey. See below.)
As you know this year’s Republican National
Convention will take place in Twin Cities from September 1st. The local
art community decided to organize a political art event (ironically
named The UnConvention) using the convention as a backdrop. [...]
Lately, I have become convinced that multitasking is the enemy of qualitative productivity. Sometimes quality results from working on a bazillion things at once but generally a lot of potential for greatness gets lost in the maelstrom. Most of the time, you produce a variety of material that is middling in quality with maybe [...]
A lot of conversations around the network about the financial goings on around DC and Wall Street…thanks to TechCrunch for posting this handy tournament schedule so we can follow along at home. (No wagering, please)
How did Freddie get that first round BYE?
Dear Mr. Ford.
Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
As I look back on the last seven years of Lions football, I think to
myself, why did I bother? Why would I go to games? Why would I watch
every week? Why would I pour my heart and soul in to this team of
futility? Why would I [...]
From the NY-ALL wire this AM:
Nothing can send me into a meltdown faster than lack of
coffee on demand at the office, so if you’re anything like me, let me
reassure you right now: we still have coffee.
Even though the Flavia machine in the kitchen needs
service, the Flavia machine on the East side
of the building (in [...]
image credit: maureenld [Flickr]
The exceptional for others has to start with the exceptional for ourselves. We have to feel exceptional and be exceptional in order to provide the same. But how do we find the exceptional in ourselves, when mostly we are just trying to survive – the next deadline, the next meeting, the [...]
A slow transformation has been
taking place in the Detroit office’s Main Kitchen due to the Beautification
Project. The first major change might have a few people confused as
they walk the halls of the building smelling fresh popped popcorn.
That’s right – Detroit
has their very own Movie Theater Style Popcorn Machine (Thanks to Sam
Cannon’s persistent begging [...]
But I realized that there might have been another, more probable reason for the high attendance: Facebook.
Jonathan D. Cohen
How ’bout it? Nice work, Paul. (For more details on the show, see post just below this one.)
Service Magic is a website that connects homeowners to relevant and rated home improvement, repair and remodeling contractors. The site prides itself in knowing what its customers need.
“What really sold me on their service was that they called me today saying that my request hasn’t yielded any results and asked if they could help in [...]
On Friday, October 24, eight months of planning culminates in a great
Preview Party and weekend-long Open Studios. In March, I was invited to
join four other artists in the colorful studio of sculptor Liz
Mamorsky. Called “Lizland”, the former industrial building is crammed
to its sky-lighted ceiling with weird found objects and other
sculptural supplies. I’ll be unveiling [...]
Wait for it…and then watch him get loose on it.
Prototypes are a great way to explore design solutions with the developer team and the client, and to even test them with the end user at an early point of the work process. Unlike static wireframes, they let people try out the navigation and test interactions, fill in forms and follow external links.
Some UXDs and [...]
NEW YORK — So. You want a new camera. There’s hundreds of cameras out there, and almost as many places to buy them. Where do you start?
Or, you have a camera, and you’ve snapped a few thousand pictures of kids, bugs, animals, weddings, sunsets, vacations. Everything. What can you do to shake things up? [...]
What new tools and methods do IAs need to learn and develop to communicate the information structure and the interactive script while taking into account the social data and dynamics? How should the growing mobile web be organized differently, and what sort of new opportunities can IAs map for themselves, their field of work, their clients and users?
Rug Cutting Ceremony: Some SF Office Favs Hypnotize Us With Moves (From the Shadows)
$800 Raised for Bay Area Food Bank from Candygram Sales
SAN FRANCISCO — Sort of like elementary school all over again, butwith a twist: Last week, the SF office had people send candy canes toone another as “candy grams” (anonymously or otherwise), for [...]
I thought I’d do a two-for-one deal blog post this evening. First, it’s Wine Blog Wednesday. Second, we had our annual food and wine pairing party over the weekend.It’s the #52 WBW hosted by Tim over at Cheap Wine Ratings. The challenge for this month was for a wine from Chile under $20, which [...]
Editor’s Note: This is a piece on Camp Organic from a recent counselor. In fairness to future teams, we try to avoid specific references the exercises at Camp. But the post below attempts to convey the experience of one Organic nonetheless.
As I’ve heard the story, picture Tommy Lasorda, pacing the room. A legend of the [...]
Please…no wagering…but this is Commissioner Russ’ (rather dry) recap of the coming playoffs in the Organic Detroit Fantasy Football League:
Playoffs consist of:
Jennifer Oskar – Temper Tantrums – have been number one almost all
season long the heavy favorite
Dan Mordan – Cobra Kai – tied for best record at 10-3
Dave Kuhn – Raccoons
Marsha Haslinger – Hassy Hawks