May 2nd, 2013
Tom is a copywriter/ACD at Factory Labs in Denver. All kinds of inspiring work for athletics brands on his site: The North Face, Oakley, Callaway, Killington Mountain Resort (“The Beast” above), and Gatorade. Almost enough to make MC want to go for a run. Almost.
April 11th, 2013
Hall is a copywriter in Denver, previously at Factory Labs, now looking for his next gig. His link was featured on MC in Summer 2012 as part of Creative Circus CW Grad Week. So cool to see what he’s added since then.
December 19th, 2012
Elizabeth is a senior copywriter at Kirshenbaum NYC. She’s got a ton of killer stuff for BMW up on her site, plus De Beers, Starz, Smirnoff, Wendy’s, awesome. From her Elizabeth King • Copywriter page: “Advertising is not for those who like things winded. Long copy is dead. We’re no longer writers, we’re thinkers, right?” Hmm, wonders MC. Writers = thinkers. Maybe there just aren’t any readers left?
December 17th, 2012
Tom is a senior copywriter at Cramer-Krasselt in Milwaukee. (Previous post 2.09.11.) He’s updated some things and got some new work up, so it’s time for an update. One thing that didn’t change is his site URL. One of the best ever.
October 31st, 2012
Mike is a VP/ACD/Copywriter at Leo Burnett Chicago. He’s got a redesigned site for a portfolio so good it’s scary. (Sorry. Halloween. It’s allowed.) The writing is flat-out amazing. MC recommends clicking through Categories: Print. Or, just go for it and click Categories: All Work. So much awesomeness.
September 28th, 2012
Ben is a recent grad from Creative Circus, looking for his first CW gig. Tell you one thing, MC was so excited to click through Ben’s campaign for Heinz Manup and discover that there is a product out there that actually combines ketchup and mayo, one of the best condiment combos on Earth. That is, until MC Googled it, and realized it was just a stroke of ad school genius. Dang! Was already thinking about hitting Costco for the 112 oz tub. Ah, well. Tip ‘o the Hat, Mr. Santoriello.
September 17th, 2012
Rick Morrison, graduating Circus CW, checks in with a new site featuring his entire graduating class—the biggest in Circus history. (Congrats!) From Rick: “We wanted to pay homage to our class–the biggest in school history–as well as show off everyone’s individuality. So we created Creative Circus High School 2012, a fun, semi-ridiculous website for posterity and to introduce our class to all of you in the real world. Click the heads to hear our catch phrases and click names below for personal sites.”
August 8th, 2012
Adam is a senior copywriter at Mullen, NC. Lots of killer work in his book, and great writing all over it: headlines to dialogue to office gambling. Plus, a spot featuring LeBron James that is real-deal funny. NICE. Tip o’ the Hat, Mr. Koehler.
July 16th, 2012
Haley is a new copywriter at GSD&M, fresh out of Creative Circus (fantastic first gig). Which means that we get to see what kind of student work a shop like GSD&M is digging right now. Like Haley’s Two Men and a Truck campaign. Maybe it’s due to the number of moves MC has gone through over the past few years (lots), but love that one. Especially the wallscape. So on the money.
July 13th, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, MC is honored to present the portfolio sites of five Summer 2012 Creative Circus graduating copywriters (in alphabetical order):
July 12th, 2012
MC is psyched to see headline campaigns all over Circus CW portfolios this Summer. I count six such campaigns in Sarah’s book alone. “But wait,” you retort. “Just how in demand are good headline writers these days?” To which MC replies, “Congratulations Sarah Anderson on your new job at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco!” Dig it.
July 11th, 2012
Big thanks to Brent Goldman for hooking up Creative Circus Summer 2012 on MC. Definitely some strong books coming out of Circus as of late, as evidenced by most of this graduating class already having new jobs or internships (who’s where on Friday). Love it.
May 22nd, 2012
Jeff is a copywriter at McGarry Bowen in NYC. As part of his work for State Farm, he writes Facebook posts for Alfonso Ribeiro (from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). That’s fun. But who would be the ultimate person to write as/for on FB? MC’s pick: Burt Reynolds.
April 12th, 2012
Right from Kate’s site, because MC couldn’t write it any better: Should we address the elephant in the room? “Is this middle name real? Danger? Are we dealing with delayed adolescence? Is she going to be trouble? Can she bake?” Well to answer: yes, yes, no, sort of, and yes*.
April 11th, 2012
Justin’s campaign for Febreze features cartoon characters—who wear the same clothes all the time—spraying their clothes with Febreze and the tag, “Wear it more than once.” Genius. And don’t miss Zippo Burn Box, which torches the Facebook posts of your ex after you break-up. Also genius.
April 10th, 2012
Check out Meredith’s fun escalator overlay for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest: a never-ending stream of hot dogs, escalating down into an open mouth. Why does that make MC hungry for chili dogs and tater tots? Because MC is always hungry for chili dogs and tater tots, of course.
April 9th, 2012
Can’t graduate in 2012 without an iPhone app in your portfolio. Nikolaus has one of the coolest MC has ever seen. Flip The F*ck Out turns your iPhone into a skateboard. You do tricks, flipping it with your hand, for points. Love it.
February 13th, 2012
Joe is a senior copywriter in NYC. The first two pieces in his portfolio are self-created apps, Recco and Pee & Poo Save The World. About the latter, in Joe’s words: “It follows a pair of superhero …uhh… excrement in their epic quest to stop sinister aliens from abducting Earth’s baby animals.” Yes.
January 18th, 2012
Aimee is a copywriter/ACD in Chicago. Her site was submitted by fellow CW Mike Tuton (big ups), and it’s easy to see why. All kids of awesome work for a cool variety of clients like Adidas, Sorel, Tilex, Piperllime and Chipotle. She’s also started a new card company called Brain Surgeons & Rocket Scientists (link below). Love it.
January 12th, 2012
Anthony is a copywriter in Birmingham, AL. He’s incorporated as Battery Ads, and his site is part personal portfolio, part one-man shop. Which brings up an interesting question, especially relevant to 2012. As a freelance creative, at what point do you make the switch from individual writer to small biz? And to what degree?
January 2nd, 2012
Mark is a copywriter/ACD in NYC. There’s a killer variety of work on his site for clients ranging from Corona to Mitsubishi to Washington Mutual. But don’t leave without checking out his Personal section. Mark’s also a talented singer/songwriter, voiceover guy and photographer. His blog, Fucked Umbrellas, features pics of broken umbrellas abandoned on the streets of NYC along with captions of what each umbrella’s owner might have been thinking. In Haiku.
December 7th, 2011
John is a student copywriter at Creative Circus who’s about to graduate. (Got a theme going this week.) You have to like a creative who is both confident and self-depricating. Someone who can dress it up and laugh in the mirror. And judging from John’s site (check out his “About I” link), he does both. Look out advertising, here comes John Ennis.
October 28th, 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, MC is honored to present the portfolio sites of the Fall 2011 Creative Circus graduating copywriters (in alphabetical order):
Peter Berta - peterwberta.com
Amanda Caldari - cargocollective.com/amandacaldari
Rachel Carlson - rachelmcarlson.com
Megan Cohen - cargocollective.com/megancohen
Marco Diaddezio - marcopywriter.com
Skyler Dobin - skylerdobin.com
Jason Donaldson - thisreadsright.com
Sarah Gatling - sarahgatling.com
Peter Harris - peterharriscw.com
Shannon Hollsten - shannonhollsten.com
Chip Kelly - yochipper.com
Nick Larson - nicklarsonwriter.com
Matt League - mattleague.com
Amy Lieberthal - amylieberthal.com
David Ma - david-ma.com
Kristen McManus - kristen-mcmanus.com
Simmi Nikki Patel - nikkispatel.com
Bryce Post - brycepost.com
Sara Steinberg - sarawithnoh.com
Cameron Van Der Veer - cameronvanderveer.com
October 27th, 2011
Nikki’s anti-facial hair campaign for Gillette cracks up MC. So does her disclaimer above it: “This campaign does not represent the beliefs or ideals of Nikki S. Patel. Any potential employers that have facial hair should not trash her resumé on account of being insulted. We are sure Nikki S. Patel thinks facial hair looks extremely manly and rugged on you, kind sir/ma’am).” Smart move. Especially if she’s eyeing a shop in Boulder or Minneapolis.
October 26th, 2011
I remember seeing David’s GRADMEN idea somewhere (created with fellow Circus grads Deanna Director and Mike Quattrocchi), and thinking it was genius. Doesn’t matter if they got Don Draper to speak at their graduation ceremony or not. They got to spend time with 50 working CDs at agencies most CWs would love to land in right out of school. Winner.