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March 6th, 2017

Brian Powers


Brian is an art director/designer/CD in San Francisco, previously at start-up Madison Reed in SF and DigitasLBi Chicago, Ogilvy Chicago, and Doner Detroit before that. He’s got a beautiful Squarespace site that shows off six brands/projects for Madison Reed, Bumble & Bumble, Dove, Interface, Jim Beam, and BP Stations. Dig it.

Portfolio: pwrs.me


February 15th, 2017

David Roth


David is a freelance copywriter/ACD/stand-up comedian in San Francisco. Since his last post on MC (11.06.13), David has focused on comedy and comedy projects—and his site totally reflects that. Which is both awesome and once again proves MC’s theory that drummers, surfers and comedians make great copywriters. Killer projects up and down his site, but don’t miss his first link, Stand-Up Comedy. So funny.

Portfolio: seriousboyfriend.com

January 3rd, 2017

Shirley Chan


Shirley is a freelance copywriter/ACD in San Francisco. She’s got super interesting career experience (LinkedIn here), including Editorial Director at Madison Reed, Copywriter at Fab.com, PM at Random House, and Reporter at the New York Post. Tons of strategy, UX/UI, and brand voice work on her site, too. Dig it.

Portfolio: sh.irleygirl.com

December 21st, 2016

Tracy Silagi


Tracy is a new copywriter in San Francisco after graduating from Miami Ad School a few months back. Check out her powerful Norton video against cyberbullying (above, whew!). Also, don’t miss her video for Airbnb Arena, which is a super fun idea—minus the cleaning bills. Yikes. Can’t wait to see where Tracy lands!

Portfolio: tracysilagi.com

December 17th, 2016

Freelance Copywriter Wanted: Donnan, NorCal


Kirk Donnan, of Donnan Creative Strategy in Sunnyvale, CA, is on the hunt for a killer freelance writer based in Northern California. From Kirk: “My virtual agency just landed a big client and I need a high-tech copywriter/designer yesterday. If we can find a stellar writer that has a good design perspective, that would suffice.

First assignment: 20-30-slide powerpoint that the CMO can present to Sales and Marketing departments on Jan. 25, at the annual Sales Kickoff.

This is a very technical company, so I need someone with tech, strategy and creative chops. The job will involve spending quite a bit of time with the CMO over the next few weeks in Santa Clara, CA. So someone based in San Francisco or Northern California is probably best.”

Send your portfolio or link to Kirk at: kirk@donnancreativestrategy.onmicrosoft.com

November 21st, 2016

Derek Edwards


Derek is an art director/designer/creative director in San Francisco. (MC met Derek in SF two weeks ago, good peeps!) Great mix of art direction and design on his site, include a bunch of projects for Macy’s. Don’t miss his photo art direction page, some really beautiful work (including the photo above, MC wants to live there). Dig it.

Portfolio: derekcreates.com

October 20th, 2016

Sara Iravani


Sara is a copywriter in San Francisco. She’s got a cool mix of projects in her portfolio, including lots of editorial, fashion and beauty. MC got the chance to meet Sara a few months back and she’s good peeps. If you’re looking to meet a writer in SF with fashion/beauty experience, definitely give her a shout.

Portfolio: sarairavani.com

September 28th, 2016

Tom Gorton


Tom is a Creative Strategist/Director/Designer in San Francisco. He might have just set a new record on MC with over 50 projects featured on his site for clients like Leinenkugel’s, McDonalds, Kellogg’s, Optima Batteries, Kalahari, and Henry Weinhard’s. So much good stuff.

Portfolio: tomgorton.me

September 5th, 2016

Aisha Hakim


Aisha is an art director at Venables Bell & Partners in San Francisco. She’s got a great mix of projects for Reebok on her site, including 25,915 Days (the average number most of us live), above. Also, don’t miss her Mercury Awards-winning radio for VOCALiD. Love that the first art director on MC this week has won a Mercury. Dig it.

Portfolio: aishamadeit.com

August 22nd, 2016

Writer Wanted: SquareTrade, San Francisco


SquareTrade in San Francisco is on the hunt for a mid-level or senior writer to join our awesome internal creative team. What does it mean to be a writer at SquareTrade, the best electronics warranty company in the world? You’ll write, of course. But you’ll also be an idea factory, working with a team of crazy talented designers on a mission to make SquareTrade as amazing as it can be.

For example, in the photo above, Luke Rockhold (champion UFC fighter) is kicking the you-know-what out of an iPhone in a SquareTrade Labs Breakability video. You’ll be thinking up stuff like that—in addition to writing projects for almost every major retailer in the US, mobile carriers across the EU, social, radio, environmental, you-name-it. It’s a little bit agency. It’s a little bit in-house. It’s a whole lot of fun.

Unfortunately, we’re currently looking for local candidates only. 

Interested? Email your link to Jason (SquareTrade CD) at: jason@squaretrade.com

July 5th, 2016

Ryan Overhiser


Ryan is a freelance copywriter in San Francisco. The first project on his site is a cologne for a gas station, Burnt Rubbér by Sunoco. Which, apparently, smells awesome. (Duh.) How do you follow that up? With LaserHam for Dietz & Watson, featuring the laser cut face of Michael Ian Black on a ham. (Yes, it’s real.) Doesn’t get better than that.

Portfolio: ryanoverhiser.com

April 13th, 2016

Senior Copywriter Wanted: Eleven Inc., San Francisco


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: lindsayvriavas@eleveninc.com

January 25th, 2016

Brad Meyers


Brad is a VP/CD/copywriter at DigitasSF. Since his last post on MC (way back on 09.06.12), he’s added all kinds of awesome work to his site including projects for Taco Bell, Playstation, and a bunch of comedy writing. If you’re one of the few who haven’t seen Taco Bell Blackout (above), don’t miss it. One of the smartest, bravest social media stunts ever. Just fantastic.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/bradleymeyers

December 10th, 2015

Hugh Gurin


Hugh is a freelance copywriter in San Francisco (and a good friend to MC). Really dig the writing in his portfolio. Smart, sharp lines, video and radio up and down his site for brands like EAT24, Personal Capital, Oakland A’s, Dropcam, and Blue Shield. Good stuff.

Portfolio: hughgurin.carbonmade.com

November 5th, 2015

Freelance CW Wanted: Viewstream, San Francisco


Kiko Villarán at Viewstream in SF is on the hunt for a freelance copywriter. From Kiko: “Viewstream is looking for a talented freelance/project-based Copywriter to join our Marketing team. We are an amalgam of artists, designers, strategists, writers and technologists who believe in group collaboration. Seventeen of the Fortune 100 companies, including Microsoft, Intel and Honeywell, and sixteen of the top one hundred software companies, including Adobe, Autodesk and Blackboard trust us to deliver their message, and we take great pride in it.


  • You have the ability to think conceptually as well as write creatively and informatively
  • You love what you do, be it digital, print, stories, presentations, etc.
  • You want to create award-winning work
  • You know how to write copy that that SELLS
  • You are resourceful
  • You have a command of prose and tell a great story – in 10 words or 100
  • You participate authentically and enthusiastically in brainstorms and briefings
  • You have a passion for storytelling that can inspire and motivate
  • You have the ability to approach every assignment with a fresh perspective
  • You are realistic, optimistic and enjoy hard, purposeful work
  • You love what you do and love to have fun doing it


  • Work closely with the marketing team to brainstorm ideas, create unique concepts and develop messaging for new campaigns and whatever other materials are needed
  • Write and edit copy for a variety of mediums including packaging, point-of-sale, print, interactive/web, mobile, video, merchandise and whatever we night throw your way
  • Present ideas to senior level team members and clients
  • Others as needed”

For more info or to apply, email Kiko at: kvillaran@viewstream.com

October 8th, 2015

Circus Week Fall 2015: Phil Fattore


Phil is a new copywriter at barrettSF in San Francisco. So many student campaigns are based on dating life, or going on benders, or surviving the day after going on a bender, or pest control, or snacks, or booze. But you don’t see a lot of campaigns for vitamin supplements targeting the 50+ crowd. Phil’s SilverFox Force Active Figures are so funny, and so stupid, and so perfect.

Portfolio: philfattore.com

September 21st, 2015

Andy Lewis & Stephen Giem


Andy Lewis is a senior copywriter in San Francisco. He’s work-married to senior art director Stephen Giem and they’ve consummated the relationship with a joint portfolio site that’s hilarious and all love. It links out to their individual sites, which is a great way to do it. The couple is asking for whiskey or gin in lieu of gifts, which you can send directly to MC.

Portfolio: stephenandandyforever.com

September 2nd, 2015

Creative Strategist Wanted: Butchershop, San Francisco


Butchershop in San Francisco is on the hunt for a killer Creative Strategist. From Butchershop: “We’re looking for a writing-focused creative strategist who can produce brilliantly original digital and print ideas. Essentially, we need you to be a thinker. You’ll do a fuck-ton of research, process it and get comfortable explaining what you’ve learned to everyone else. You’ll come up with brand positioning statements. You’ll use your research to develop a brand’s identity, and you’ll work with designers, developers and other writers to prove out how that identity looks, feels, sounds and smells. You’ll mix creative thinking with your savant’s knowledge of digital strategies and technology to create pitches for clients and briefs—and you’ll do this again and again and still be hungry for more of it. You’ll develop a voice for clients and blow it out into website copy, media, headlines, ads, campaigns, scripts, etc.

What you’ll do:

  • Devise concepts and strategies that solve problems—creatively, fearlessly, definitively
  • Develop brand voice for our clients
  • Write persuasive, original copy for different audiences across various media
  • Work with clients, designers, developers and creative director to establish creative and business objectives, strategies, tactics and executions
  • Critique copywriting and approve final executions
  • Set the overall direction for the copywriting team
  • Conduct research in workshops, focus groups, interviews and internet scouring
  • Participate in and lead presentations with client executives
  • Learn and experiment with new, surprising and often irreverent ways in which to solve clients’ problems
  • Train and mentor junior writers and interns
  • Copyedit and proofread
  • Flex your brain muscles for a diversity of clients and industries

What you have:

  • 5+ years’ experience creating sharp ideas and campaigns
  • Preternatural writing and editing chops
  • Record of leading projects, campaigns and brand experiences with measurable results
  • Ability to manage multiple creative projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to write in a range of voices and capture different brands’ personalities
  • Positive attitude regarding creative direction and feedback
  • Low tolerance for bullshit in writing
  • Perspicacity: meaning you’re good at identifying holes and filling them
  • Willingness to defend your ideas (to the death if necessary)
  • Field smarts. You can name your favorite brands, sites, campaigns and writers. You’re up on your trends in design, digital content and technology.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, philosophy, advertising, marketing, business, etc.”

Send your resume, cover letter and portfolio to: info@butchershop.com

July 13th, 2015

Zak Stawski


Zak is a copywriter at Swirl in San Francisco. He’s got a beautiful Squarespace site that shows off a crazy variety of projects for the University of Michigan Health System (above), Zipcar, Federal Student Aid, Indeed.com, the U.S Food & Drug Administration, and a social media campaign for two falcons who laid their eggs on the agency roof. Why not?

Portfolio: zakstawski.com

June 22nd, 2015

Creative Director: Wells Fargo, Bay Area/Charlotte


Wells Fargo is on the hunt for a Creative Director to join their in-house Enterprise Creative Group in either the Bay Area or Charlotte (your choice). From Wells Fargo: “As we continue to build upon the successful evolution of Wells Fargo’s internal agency, we need an enthusiastic, passionate creative leader with a skilled eye for the work to lead and motivate the team of 50+ creative professionals. In terms of scope, we develop and produce over 3,000 deliverables per year.

Some of the foremost qualities and experience that we seek in a candidate for this role include:

  • Be an Integrated Thinker – fully versed at leading Business, Strategy, Design and Development
  • Be a Maker – Consumer – live in the space and infuse energy through intimate understanding and building followership
  • Be Solution Neutral – prioritize purposeful experiences over specific platforms and processes

Key accountabilities:

  • Oversee creative direction for Wells Fargo clients’ initiatives.
  • Participate and lead creative strategies that help solve business challenges.
  • Work and communicate effectively with creative and digital teams you supervise to enhance the creative effectiveness of creative solutions for direct mail, e-mail, and web.
  • Ensure work is customer focused, on brand and meets business objectives.
  • Partner with Enterprise Marketing organization to execute and adhere to the Wells Fargo brand standards.
  • Work collaboratively, within a fast-paced environment.
  • Lead from the Front: supervise, manage and grow co-located creative team.”

For more info or to apply contact Wells Fargo Executive Recruiter Karen May at 704-715-5136 or email: karen.w.demay@wellsfargo.com

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