Agency Journal

Star shine, moon glow you’re all that I can call my own

I ❤ my work and how it works, and every year when it starts turning to autumn and I can feel the end of the year coming, I like to troll our shop’s project management system and run lots of different work reports to see how we’ve grown and changed.…

Watson told me I am sensitive to ownership cost when buying automobiles

I have been been experimenting with using language analysis tools like IBM’s Watson when I’m writing stuff for clients, and on stuff they write too. I think this kinda thing is going to be more and more useful on the creative side of advertising, not just for copywriting but also…

I want a ticket to anywhere

I’m at that age where all my old friends from Missouri are getting married, having babies, and buying houses. It’s a path I’m not quite ready to take myself, but I’m happy for my friends that have made that leap. I’ve lived in California for a little over 2 years…

Hobbits and Disneyland

One fine summer, for my husband’s birthday, my best friend (who worked in Disneyland at the time) and I decided to surprise him with a trip to Disneyland. We first bumped into our friend Sean (you might know him as Sean Astin; he stars in popular films such as The…

How to Speak Australian

It’s been almost three years since I’ve moved to Sacramento from Sydney. It’s pretty amazing how quickly time flies, and I think I’ve assimilated to the American culture pretty well. But every so often, I find myself stuck with the same issue over and over again. People just don’t understand…

Almost too fragile for this world

We’ve been working on a really neat project with Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates for a while now; a snazzy custom mold for her chocolate bars. It has been really fun to fire up some CAD software and draft a real, physical object – and after a whole mess of revisions and…

Barely there

Not long ago, we designed a new coffee bag for Temple Coffee; it’s been out in the world for a few months now. If you’re a coffee aficionado there’s a chance you may have already noticed. If you haven’t noticed it, that’s okay. It’s not really designed to be noticed. …

Waking up in a cold sweat with an idea, actually writing it down

It's always struck me how many Americans (at least those living west of the Rockies) will say that they are going "back east" when they are travelling to just about anywhere east of Chicago. Sometimes they are actually returning to the east – so the phrase makes literal sense. Many…

In which I was suddenly reminded we operate a radio station

We have been running an internet radio station called Culture Failure for a number of years. It mostly just kinda runs and doesn’t need much human intervention except when its time to update the playlist. I haven’t listened to it in a while, and sorta almost forgot about it. Yesterday…

People keep dying

I read this morning that another person was found dead on the street in front of city hall. The second time in a week. That’s pretty horrific. Both of the dead men were assumed to be homeless. On the upside it seems the city is opening one of their buildings…