Thanks for coming to see Damon Webster and me at SxSW Interactive in March of 2010. As promised, we’ve posted this list of some really cool inspiration websites to get your digital brain thinking. (The descriptions below each link were all lifted off the “About” buttons on the sites.)
Edward Boches Site
Creativity Unbound: I’m Edward Boches. Chief Creative Officer and Chief Social Media Officer of Mullen. I’m also a copywriter, dad, husband, road cyclist. I’m young enough to have kids in grade school. And old enough to have fallen in love with all things media from admiring the print ads in Life magazine back in the 1960s. Somewhere in between then and now I’ve been a newspaper reporter, speech writer, account executive, public relations counsel, copywriter and creative director. I’ve been lucky enough to have helped build a full-service ad agency; work with dozens of noteworthy brands; launch high-tech and internet start-ups; collaborate with world famous directors, photographers and editors; co-write television commercials with Ellen DeGeneres; present ideas to Oprah Winfrey (she actually liked them); create award winning websites; and launch an emerging social media practice. More surprisingly, I’ve survived for 30 years in a business that typically eats its young. Woody Allen was right when he said “Ninety percent of success is just showing up.” Anyway, I’m still here. Who could leave now? The explosion of technology, the changing face of communications, and the opportunity to invent new applications make this the most exciting time ever to be in the marketing business.
Megan K. Green’s blog
Social media, advertising and marketing: a millenial’s point of view
Daily dose of inspiration.
Forbes magazine’s Best of The Web.
Thinking about thinking, creativity and the power of ideas.
I started Adverblog in May 2003. It’s an hobby but also a great opportunity to keep myself always updated on the latest ideas and trends in interactive. Adverblog is the place where I share the links to the best interactive marketing campaigns I happen to see around the Web, and it has become a daily destination for those who share my same passion.
Link Social is a social network and resource for the global creative community. It enables creatives to share the little gems that go undiscovered by most-ideas, inspiration and cool stuff they created or found online.
JEFF JARVIS, author of What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news startup. He writes a new media column for The Guardian and is host of its Media Talk USA podcast. He consults for media companies. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.
This blog writes about Amsterdam advertising; its hotshops, its people and – of course – its great advertising. Amsterdam is one of the fastest growing creative hubs in the world. The reason is that – apart from museums, coffeeshops and red lights – the city is a cosmopolitan village that cradles an exciting mix of cultural events and original minds – all within the space of only a few square kilometers. Amsterdam Ad Blog is run by a group of independent creatives.
Great bucket for all things social media/tech/digital.
Mostly, Brain Pickings is about ideas — revolutionary new ideas that no one has seen or thought of before, and old ideas that most have seen, but no one has thought of in this way before.
ReadWriteWeb is the second largest information technology blog in the world. ReadWriteWeb provides analysis of Web products and trends to an intelligent audience of engaged technology decision makers, Web enthusiasts and innovators.
Social Media Explorer
Social Media Explorer is the online home and blog of Social Media Explorer LLC, which is my consulting company. I’ve been called all sorts of things by folks around the social media, public relations, marketing and communications industries.
AdPulp is the work of three men obsessed with making better communications and making the communications industry a better place to be.
Creative Is Not A Department, David Gillespie
My name is David Gillespie. I’m from Australia originally (as seen on Animal Planet) but since December ‘08 have been based out of Toronto. I currently work for McCann Erickson, where I sit and drink coffee and irritate people with extended ramblings around the subjects contained on this blog.
Make The Logo Bigger
About advertising and a bunch of other stuff.
Advertising, marketing and media…what works.
A complete rant on the current state of Advertising, with particular emphasis on Big Dumb Agencies (BDA’s) Because, no matter how bad you think it is, it’s actually a great deal worse! “Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill pail.” George Orwell.
There are times you just need someone to come in and get the job done quietly and efficiently. A good percentage of our engagements are behind the scenes, away from industry press coverage. We create big, organizing brand ideas. We collaborate with marketers, designers, strategists and agencies of every stripe.
Technorati was founded to help bloggers succeed by collecting, highlighting, and distributing the global online conversation. The leading blog search engine, Technorati.com indexes millions of blog posts in real time and surfaces them in seconds. The site has become the definitive source for the top stories, opinions, photos and videos emerging across news, entertainment, technology, lifestyle, sports, politics and business. Technorati.com tracks not only the authority and influence of blogs, but also the most comprehensive and current index of who and what is most popular in the Blogosphere.
Technorati’s Top 100
Technorati Top 100 as ranked by Technorati Authority. The Top 100 is updated once per day.
PermissionToSuck.com is a Blogazine about inspiration for passionate creative professionals across all disciplines of commercial arts and music.
The Barbarian Group
The original. The pioneers. The Barbarian Group is a digital services and creation company that delivers the best possible experience for the consumer through the integrated and disciplined use of the best possible practices, good ideas, people and technology.
Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML.
Alex Bogusky’s Posterous
Posterous is the dead simple way to put anything online using email. Founding Partner of Crispin Porter + Bogusky / Chief Creative Insurgent of MDC Partners. Fear is the mortal enemy of creativity.
Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Our aim is to inform our readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development. We try to convince you not with the quantity but with the quality of the information we present. We hope that makes us different. Smashing Magazine is, and always has been, independent.
Copyblogger is all about helping you get traffic, attract links, gain subscribers and sell stuff. And he’s from Austin, too.
Talent Zoo’s Beyong Madison Avenue
The #1 site for Ad, Marketing, & Digital Pros.
Big Think is a global forum connecting people and ideas. At Big Think, we put you in contact with the ideas of very smart people.
woo·ster (noun) A street in the Soho section of New York City. col·lec·tive (noun) Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision. The Wooster Collective was founded in 2001. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.
FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user’s tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience.
ad:tech provides media, marketing and technology professionals with the tools and techniques they need to succeed in a changing digital world.
Our articles are meant to give you that second perspective on any given topic, that perspective that you might have missed if not for the Rebels sites.
Everyday for 365 days, a different person will write an entry about their experience that day. It doesn’t have to be about a specific topic, the key is that it somehow relates to what is happening in the world that day and how it relates to them. By doing so, starting from January 1 to December 31 of 2010, we will have a snapshot of the entire year, told from the perspective of 365 individual voices.
My name is Martina Zavagno, I’m an interactive marketer and I work for a premium sports brand. I started Adverblog in May 2003. It’s an hobby but also a great opportunity to keep myself always updated on the latest ideas and trends in interactive. Adverblog is the place where I share the links to the best interactive marketing campaigns I happen to see around the Web, and it has become a daily destination for those who share my same passion.
Digital Buzz Blog
Get your daily fix of digital honey with the new Digital Buzz Blog! Featuring the latest digital ad campaigns, hot new websites, interactive marketing ideas, virals, industry news, social media, insights, and other great digital trends from all over the world.
Banner Blog started in June 2005 to showcase basic online advertising.
Creativity, Technology, Innovation – Coloribus – the world’s biggest advertising archive has a collection of more than 2 million ads from around the globe – currently available and rapidly growing every single day. This unique selection brings you the best and most creative ideas in advertising – for easy downloading or browser viewing in just one click.
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
Favorite Website Awards
WA stands for Favorite Website Awards, an industry recognized internet award program and inspirational portal, established in May 2000. FWA is the most visited website award program in the history of the internet, with over 75 million visits as of January 2010.
Gigaom: Trusted Insights and Conversations on the Next Wave of Technology.
TechCrunch was founded on June 11, 2005, as a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new companies, we profile existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space. TechCrunch has now grown into a network of technology focused sites offering a wide range of content and new media.
An open source approach for establishing standard and practices in digital production.
One of the best site building systems. Easy to get into and massive community support.