May 23rd, 2016
Ben is a copywriter/ACD at Zambezi in Los Angeles. Check out his site for Stance special edition Star Wars socks—which allowed fans to use the force when shopping without touching their screens. Awesome. Ben also wrote the tagline for Words With Friends, “May the best friend win.” If you’re a WWF junky like MC, that’s tagline rock stardom. But is Ben any good at WWF, you ask?! MC challenged him to a game (actually three), and can confirm: yes. He’s very good.
May 19th, 2016
Enda is a copywriter at Cawley Nea \ TBWA in Dublin, Ireland. Lots of killer projects on his site for all kinds of clients, including Maynooth University, TG4, Irish Rail, and Absolut. Don’t miss his “Smartdriver” video for No Nonsense (above). Good idea.
May 12th, 2016
Amy Marshall, Talent Director at Hornall Anderson, is on the hunt for a copywriter. From Amy: “Hornall Anderson (Seattle office) is looking for a copywriter. Writers at a design shop? Say what? What will you write, you ask? All of the things.
If you haven’t thought about writing at a design shop before – twirl it around upstairs. We might be biased, but we offer opportunities to work with some amazing brands (like REI, Madison Square Garden, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Marmite, and Virgin Atlantic – and so many more) partnering with them to tell their stories. Naming, brand messaging/positioning, narrative, brand voice, print, packaging, digital, environments, campaign work – the variety of work is almost endless. We are strategy and concept driven with an equal amount of importance placed on craft. Work hard. Play hard. Respect.
And, our headquarters is in Seattle. C’mon. Amazing.”
To apply and see the full job description: Click here
You can also send your resume/portfolio (do not forget that portfolio) to Amy at: email@example.com
May 10th, 2016
Tommy is a junior copywriter at Marc USA in Chicago. His site currently has three agency projects and the rest is student work, which MC loves to see. (What kind of work did Tommy do as a student? How does that translate to his first agency gig?) Tommy is a graduate of Brainco’s online program, and might just be the first agency copywriter who attended a completely online portfolio school. Interesting!
May 9th, 2016
Since his last post on MC just over five years ago (03.27.11), Chris has been busy. He became a CD, joined eBay, worked on a bunch of their site builds, wrote design playbooks for eBay and PayPal, and developed his own social media app called Hashtag Spy. Way overdue for an MC update.
May 4th, 2016
Pete is a freelance writer/CD in NYC, previously ECD at Erwin/Penland. His site is deep (24 projects) and includes a crazy variety of killer work for Verizon—like the Verizon Wow Wall (above). Super impressive collection of projects. Dig it.
May 2nd, 2016
Matt is a copywriter/Associate “Big Kahuna” at FCB in Chicago. Going through his site, MC laughed out loud about a thousand times. So much hilarity. That includes the site itself, which is a menu for Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine. Don’t miss his Joe Boxer Holiday spots (if you haven’t seen them already). Genius.
April 29th, 2016
For everyone not able to attend VCU’s recruiter sessions this week, MC is honored to present the portfolio sites of 20 VCU Brandcenter graduating copywriters (in alphabetical order):
Devin Altman – devin-altman.com
Larissa Cole – larissacole.com
Charlie Curnow – charliecurnow.com
Scott Dobbin – scottdobbin.com
Kevin Fitz – kevinbfitz.com
Emily Hovis – emilyhovis.com
Scott Lucien – scottlucien.com
Scott Minniear – scottminniear.com
Patrick Newman – patrickhnewman.com
Jon Northrop – jonnorthrop.com
Sean O’Connor – seanboconnor.com
Jacob Pankey – pankeydotgov.com
Prit Patel – pritpatelfanclub.com
Stephen Shocket – stephenshocket.com
Michelle Smith – michellelottsmith.com
Mike Stango – mikestango.com
Katie Tiambeng – katietiambeng.com
Ray Tolbert – raytolbert.com
Sarah Westerfield – sarahwesterfield.com
Grace Xie – gracexie.com
April 28th, 2016
VCU Brandcenter Week on MC Thursday is Larissa Cole. So much to like in her portfolio. So many different voices—from the zaniness of Just Wink to the truthiness of Adultish Awardies to the beautifulness of Cincinnati Ballet. Also, don’t miss her About Me page In Pictures (have to click to it from About Me In Words). So fun.
April 27th, 2016
VCU Brandcenter Week on MC continues with Patrick Newman. Lots of headline campaigns in Patrick’s book, including Spanx for Men, Merry Maids, Gränsfors Bruk, Milk Duds, and Scotchgard. Like it. Really fresh art direction throughout as well. Don’t miss Inflated Egos, which MC must have for the next MC Writer’s Ball.
April 26th, 2016
VCU Brandcenter Week on MC continues with Michelle Smith. Every once in a while, you see something so brilliant in a portfolio that it stops you in your tracks. Michelle’s Slim Jim car visor meat clips are in that category. They’re the perfect combination of cheap tchotchke, useful everyday tool, in-your-face branding—and they’re just so Slim Jim. Delish.
April 25th, 2016
VCU Brandcenter Week on MC kicks off with Stephen Socket. As usual, MC is blown away by the CW books coming out of VCU—and Stephen’s is a great example of why. He’s got four ad campaigns for Megabus, Timex, Michaels, and Playstation VR. He’s also got a digital magazine and video about ham (above, Ham Manual), an animated short film (that he animated), a product (bottled coffee), and a kids book “Why Is Everyone Murdering Me?” And that doesn’t include his Other Projects page. How do you get better? You make stuff make stuff make stuff.
April 21st, 2016
Elliott is a freelance copywriter/CD in Charleston, South Carolina. (Previously at Vitro in San Diego.) Huge variety of clients on his site, including Toyo Tires, Asics, Taylor Guitars, Newcastle Brown Ale, Lifeproof, Boston Scientific, Massey Ferguson, and Petco (above). If you love pets (oh stop, you know you do) don’t miss his video “Petco Now Launch.” Adorbs.
April 20th, 2016
Garrett is a junior copywriter at Publicis Seattle (as of April 2016, big congrats!). And yet, the index page of his Cargo site is so old. You’ll understand when you see it.
April 18th, 2016
Jordan is a copywriter/ACD at Slingshot in Dallas. Since is last post on MC (09.27.13), he’s moved from Cargo to Squarespace (as many of us are doing) and added a bunch of new work to his site, including Terminix, Texas Tourism and Taco Bueno (above). Definitely time for an update!
April 15th, 2016
Ok, this is a new one for MC. Julie Zolio, Staffing Manager at Elevation Church in North Carolina, is on the hunt for a copywriter with a special gift. From Julie: “Signs you may be our next copywriter at Elevation Church:
- You come up with at least 30 options when writing a headline before you find what you’re looking for.
- You know the difference between imply and infer.
- You think long and write short.
- You can hold your own in a surprisingly competitive game of 4-square.
- You understand copy and design work together, but copy wears the pants in the relationship.
- You have range – headlines to tweets to paragraphs of web copy – bring it on.
- You have skin of the thicker variety.
- You have experience you can show in the form of writing samples.
- You don’t remember the last time you quit something.
If you think this is you, here’s the next step in your interview:
Describe Elevation Church in 100 words or less.
Email your writing and a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A little more about us: Led by Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church is based in Charlotte, NC, with multiple locations in the greater Charlotte area and beyond. Named #1 mid-size place to work by the Charlotte Business Journal for three years running and on Fortune’s list for Best Places to Work for Millennials, Elevation Church currently has new opportunities for passionate, innovative, Jesus-loving people to join the family. If you’re interested in seeing God use you in ways you never imagined, you might just want to apply right now.”
April 13th, 2016
Lindsay Vriavas, Director of Recruiting at Eleven Inc. in San Francisco, is on the hunt for a senior writer—and she’s written the post herself. (Love it.) From Lindsay: “Hi. I’m Lindsay. I’m an agency recruiter, not a copywriter. You’re going to have to forgive my lack of eloquence and poor attempts at snarky copywriting antics in this post. I don’t get paid to write. I get paid to find the people that can write. That can write waaaaay better than that other writer at that other agency. So we here at Eleven Inc can be the best at writing ads and creating awesome work.
Enough about me, lets talk about you.
You are a Senior Writer with, like, 6-7ish years of experience. You are someone who can think up ideas that transform brands. Someone who likes crafting and playing with words. You are able to own a room and present to clients, and dangit, you really like what you do! You play well with others; you can work in a dog friendly environment; you can see yourself (or already are) living in San Francisco; you want to work in an agency where you have a voice and a visible platform; you thrive off working across media agnostic campaigns; and ultimately are most interested in telling stories and making prodigious branding and campaign messages.
Eleven is a good agency with good people. We have design in our roots, tremendous strategy chops, media in our toolkit, and genuinely like our people to have a life outside of the office.
Ask around, you’ll hear good things. … and PS, we work on some great clients too. i.e. Apple, Citrix, Dignity Health, Oakley, Virgin America and more …
Please send books and interest (and lasagna recipes) directly to me: email@example.com
April 11th, 2016
Mila is a copywriter/ACD at VML in NYC. All kinds of cool projects on her site—but as a long-time resident of the Bay Area, MC has to give a special shout-out to Burger King Proud Whopper. Such a simple, bold, genius idea. Can’t help but make you proud to be in advertising. Love it.