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DC is thrilled to announce the arrival of not only a true talent, but an important new agency offering. Today, we welcome MJ Deery as the first director of our social purpose practice. “In an increasingly connected world and given our current political climate, a brand’s values, actions and social impact matter more than they arguably ever have,” said CCO and partner, Michael Lemme. “It’s no longer optional. It’s a vital component of a healthy brand.”

“We’ve always marveled at MJ’s gift for strategic insight, creative leadership and artful storytelling, but it became clear we needed to create a purpose-driven role for her when she revealed a deep personal passion and understanding of how consumer expectations, social media and politics are transforming the role of brands as citizens.”

Prior to joining DC, MJ served as a creative director at Mekanism where she worked on campaigns for Nordstrom, Jim Beam and Alaska Airlines. Her brand-side experience includes copywriting roles at Gap and Levi’s Strauss & Co. And to further prove she’s no slouch in the typing department, MJ holds an MFA in creative writing and literature from Emerson College, and has published short stories in literary journals around the country. Here’s what she had to say:

“DC’s campaigns to call out big tobacco for the California Tobacco Control Program and to herald doctors who actually listen for John Muir Health showed me they make work that matters. They were the first agency I pitched to create this role because of their work and our shared perspective on how human connections, transparency and values shape our experience.”

Welcome aboard, MJ.

While the competition focuses on transaction and technology, Grubhub really understands the near magical moment that occurs when the “food’s here.” To capture the genuine excitement and community a shared meal delivers, DC steered clear of LA and shot in Texas with real people who were really friends. No actors. No scripts. No sets. Because sometimes it takes a late night over tacos al pastor to discover that you’re long lost moisture bros. You can dig into our launch spot above or dive in to some positive press coverage here: Advertising Age, The Drum, Egotist, Crain’s, and Best Ads on TV.

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It’s a red-letter day around here as the agency proudly launches a new logo, look and website, along with some important new leadership. In addition to the four partners and longtime communications planning director, Leslie Diard, Jamie Katz will now lead the account management practice, Rachel Hermansader will be the agency’s first director of marketing and business development and Anne Elisco-Lemme will serve as the sole executive creative director. (Shout out to Timothy Archibald for the handsome photo.)

CCO Michael Lemme led the rebrand. “Our new mark is custom-made – hat tip to our co-conspirators in Helsinki / Amsterdam / Den Haag, Underware. In the context of increasingly algorithmic and measured marketing, we wanted our identity to be a symbol of the incalculable, unpredictable role of creativity and personal expression in every aspect of our work.”

And because the logo is so wonderfully peculiar, the agency doesn’t just expect, but welcomes, troll commentary. So much so, we’ve even created this helpful video to get the troll juices flowing. Let us have it. (Special thanks to The Cabinet and Feintly for letting us abuse their goodwill.)


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At a time when wannabe competitors are trying to get on their natural chip tip, Kettle Brand is answering back with an irreverent new ad campaign. The “Stirring the Pot” work celebrates the brand’s counterculture legacy and all those that zig when others zag. In addition to wild postings, bus shelters, digital radio, Snapchat filters and social content, there’s an outdoor board with actual grab-able bags of chips that gets refilled each day at 4:20pm. “As far as the refill time of the Oregon’s second best edibles billboard, there’s no special significance to that. Just a random time between lunch and dinner,” said executive creative director, Anne Elisco-Lemme. “No story there.”

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The women of the wildly successful DriveTime campaign are back to help out more wannabe car buyers. This time, we get a glimpse into their private lives as they hit the nail salon and rap along to the inimitable beats of Bay Area legend, E-40. But, as usual, they’ve still got their mind on saving you money and saving you money on their mind.

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We are so thrilled to have been named silver Small Agency of the Year in the west that we’re not even going to try and play it cool. Thank you so much to Advertising Age. And thank you just as much to the clients that helped us win the big prize. This is an amazing bit of recognition as well as a huge in-your-face to those high school teachers who thought we were headed nowhere but the penitentiary.

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Last night at the sfBIG awards, D/C’s campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program took home the top BIG Star prize over a stellar field. “Wake Up” is an integrated effort, across TV, out-of-home, digital and point-of-sale, focused on the issues of e-cigarettes, especially among young people. Thanks to the brilliant judges of the San Francisco Bay Area Innovation Group and to our thoughtful and supportive client. And congrats to the entire creative, account, strategic and comms planning teams, many of whom can be viewed looking good and acting bad in the following funky video.

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