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Over three decades ago, Redhook ESB reimagined what an American beer could be. It was craft before there was such a thing, and it was an unqualified success. So much so, that it started to become a victim of that success. The company’s growing operation and big-time distribution deal had some people starting to look for the next thing. And with time, some began to forget the history. Even in its hometown of Seattle.

Now Redhook is ready to reclaim its rightful role as the OG of craft beer — with a new campaign launching online, outdoor and on the radio this summer. Called the Granddaddy of Craft, the campaign will feature Redhook ESB in its striking throwback package, while reminding whippersnapper beer drinkers to have some respect for their elders.

“Today, there are over 250 craft breweries in Washington. In 1981, there was exactly one,” said D/C’s young-at-heart ECD Parker Channon. “And we’re just here to remind Seattle who started it all.”

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Last night at the Clio Image Awards at New York’s Plaza Hotel, Duncan/Channon won top honors for a mass-market website for its design of the Formula X site for Sephora. It’s not the first award for the Formula X project, but it is the first in which D/C work shared the stage with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

Formula X is Sephora’s innovative new nail lacquer, and the colorful, dynamic site represents “the first social network for nail fans.” The Clio Image Awards, co-sponsored by WWD, are given for “the best of creativity behind the business of style.”



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The creative was conceived and produced by Duncan/Channon, which is also planning and buying the media. Click over to stillblowingsmoke.org to see more of the campaign. But we thought that, just this once, we’d let the client do the talking:

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Redhook Brewery has picked Duncan/Channon as its agency of record, leading strategy, creative and media efforts. This marks D/C’s second brand from leading brewer, Craft Brew Alliance.

“Throughout the search process, Duncan/Channon demonstrated deep strategic thinking and creativity, along with a profound understanding of Redhook’s brand, values and vision — we’re pumped to have them on board as our creative partners and can’t wait to evolve the brand together,” said Karmen Olson, Redhook Brewery’s brand manager.

The first campaign is expected to launch in Redhook’s home market of Seattle this summer.

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Kat Von D Beauty is live and looking gorgeous. The new website was designed by D/C for world-renowned tattoo artist Kat Von D, and for Kendo Beauty Group, an LVMH company. Inspired by Kat’s tireless support of other makeup artists, the site is deeply collaborative, with products sitting side-by-side with user-generated photos and illustrations, as well as tweets and videos from the artist and her fans. Curated by Kat herself, KatVonDBeauty.com is a vibrant social newsfeed, as well as fresh product content, all cloaked in alluring, enigmatic glamour.

D/C also designed the Marc Jacobs Beauty site for Kendo and the Formula X site, which recently won an OMMA Award for Web Site Excellence.

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Diamond Foods has picked Duncan/Channon to lead branding, ad strategy, creative and media efforts for Pop Secret, the fastest-growing major microwave popcorn brand, and Diamond of California, the branded leader in the culinary nuts category. Following a strategic exploration, D/C will develop new campaigns that include both traditional and non-traditional components, including social media. The first work is expected to launch in early 2015. Said D/C ceo Andy Berkenfield: “Nom nom nom.”

Last week, The 3% Conference kicked off its third year in San Francisco and Duncan/Channon was not only proud to host their VIP Party at the Tip (see above), but several of us were able to attend and be inspired. A recap of some of our favorite moments is below.

Anne Elisco-Lemme, Creative Director
The thing that sits with me the most can be summed up by something John Gerzema of the Athena Doctrine said in his keynote: “We are in a new world with many old minds.” WE ARE IN A NEW WORLD! So stop being satisfied with old-mind thinking. Be a force towards solving your problems — and the problems of others. Cindy Gallop speaks about the New Creativity. Kristen Cavallo of Mullen spoke about how we experiment with creative and technology, but not HR. Pay attention and see what needs to be changed. Then go about changing it. Jenn Maer of IDEO spoke about going from “Yay” to “Doh” — the process in which we move from the excitement of the conference to getting stuck back in the routine. Don’t go back to doh. Every minute of every day, keep the yay.

Jessea Hankins, Senior Copywriter
Here are a couple moments that stood out: (1) Dyllan McGee’s keynote talk was quite moving. I was pretty flabbergasted to learn that women weren’t allowed to run in the Boston Marathon until 1972. (2) Eliza Esquivel’s comment that as soon as she briefs her agency that the target is moms, “The creativity level drops 70%.” We need to remember that moms also happen to be human beings. There is no monolithic mom council. Also, would a brief ever say the target was dads, full stop? I doubt it. (3) The Superbowl audience is 40% female. I personally hate sportsball so I’ve never given it much thought. But the general buffoonery of dude-centered beer humor that runs rampant through the ads has got to be turning off a sizeable chunk of the women watching. (4) And as always, Cindy Gallop crushed it. She stomped all over it. She put a stiletto to its throat until it cried uncle.

(J) Moe, Creative Content Strategist
I loved Elena Rossini’s preview of her film The Illusionists. I thought it brought up some of the most compelling points about the pervasive beauty myths of the western world and how we’re spreading our damaging, privileged attitudes to the rest of the world. John Gerzema’s talk was very inspiring and offered a very fresh perspective on the ethos we currently worship of “learn by failure.” To paraphrase: “Learn by failure is the most male invention ever. Because it basically says you can fuck up however you want and then just go sweep it under the rug. But there would be a lot less failure if you just admitted that you didn’t know to begin with.” WORD.

Christina Chern, Art Director
I went to the 3% Conference this year excited to hear amazing women like Kat Gordon and Cindy Gallop share their wisdom with us. But I was thrilled to discover that some of the best speakers at the conference were the women sitting in the audience. Though they weren’t “the main event,” every person who stepped up to the mic afterwards to ask questions and share their own stories were incredibly articulate and awe-inspiring. And knowing that the state of our industry lays in the highly-capable hands of these women gives me a lot of hope for the future.

Adam Flynn, Brand Strategist
The Three Percent Conference is like Feminist Advertising Christmas. As important as the talks themselves is the sense of a safe space, where you can speak about things and be heard. (Being one of the few men in attendance, I tried to signal “totally an ally here who likes to kick gender nonsense in the teeth” by wearing a bright pink sweater.) But the talks were excellent. Cindy Gallop’s, as you might expect, blew the doors off. But my favorite piece of it was comparatively subtle: she highlighted the potential of “Have you noticed?” as a not-directly confrontational way to point out things. For instance, have you noticed that bosses who have daughters tend to be more open to these sorts of conversations? (Mark Arata’s talk on “Enlisting Men”) Have you noticed that putting more than one woman in the room makes it easier to voice an opinion because you don’t have to represent the entire gender? Less positively, have you noticed that most advice for women on social media ignores the realities of online harassment?

Have you noticed that when we act together, we have an opportunity to make the culture we want to live in?

Amy Petrolati, Designer
This was the first 3 Percent Conference I’ve attended and I really appreciated the opportunity to meet and listen to the female icons of the industry but also meet some very creative ladies at all levels. One discussion that really struck me encouraged changing the culture within the agency not to just foster women in their trajectory upward, but to make the agency a better balance for all people working there. The social science nerd in me was also very interested in the gender partnership discussion Ray Arata brought with him to his break out session, Enlisting Men. It was really fascinating and while it’s strange to say, next year needs more men in attendance, they need to be engaged in the discussion of gender equality.

Lindsey Butterwick, Senior Art Director
Fresh out of college and debating what the hell to do with my life, I began researching architecture and advertising. During my quest I stumbled upon ihaveanidea.org, a blog about the advertising community. On it was a column called Ask Jancy where two powerful women, Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, gave thoughtful advice on how to break into the industry and thrive as a creative. I was hooked. I applied to ad school and never looked back.

At the 3% Conference D/C VIP party I met Nancy Vonk (below is proof!). I almost cried. It was a surreal and defining moment that would have been nearly impossible without this conference. As a result of those few days, I’ve never felt more inspired or honored to be a female in the creative industry.

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Careers in advertising are long and hard. (That’s what she said.) To coincide with this year’s 3% Conference, we launched thatswhat3said.com, a place where women in advertising can give advice to female creatives who are just starting out. (We considered calling it “Women on Women,” but we’re far too mature for that.) Visit the site, share it widely, and add to it. Your wisdom, warnings, and legends could help a young, shiny creative hold on to her optimism as she runs the ad biz gauntlet.

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